BreastfeedingBreastfeeding
The Special Deliveries Childbirth Center supports breastfeeding, and has been designated a Baby-Friendly Facility by Baby-Friendly USA, part of UNICEF’S Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Hartford Hospital is the 28th Baby-Friendly facility in the U.S. and the first in Connecticut.

As a Baby Friendly hospital we are committed to providing optimal support to help you be successful with breastfeeding your baby.

We offer you:
  • Education before and after your baby is born.
  • Hands-on support and teaching from maternity nursing staff
  • Certified Lactation Consultants through our Lactation Center for additional support
Lactation CenterLactation Center
Our nursing staff is trained in helping you initiate breastfeeding with your baby. In addition to this excellent care and support, there is a lactation center right on the Maternity Unit with certified lactation consultants available 7 days a week.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call the Lactation Center at (860) 972-2824.

Breast pump rental or purchase is available through the Hartford Hospital Gift Shop located in the main lobby. The number is (860) 972-2155.
 
From your first call, you’ll know we care.
For expectant mothers receiving care at Women’s Ambulatory Health Services, there is a program, free of cost, to provide support prenatally, and during and after your hospitalization.  For more information, contact our Peer Counseling Program at (860) 545-6195
 
Breastfeeding Education
It’s important to learn as much as you can about breastfeeding before your baby’s birth.  We provide a variety of resources.
Community Breastfeeding Support Resources
Lactation Consultants are health workers who are specially trained and experienced in helping breastfeeding mothers.  Many in the community have breastfeeding equipment and supplies for rental or purchase.  There may be a fee to see a consultant.  Ask about this.

Breastfeeding Websites