For more information about our breastfeeding support services, or to schedule your visit, please call 607-756-3750.
A Healthy Start for Mothers and Babies
Breastfeeding is one of the best things that you can do for your baby. It is an important health choice for you and your baby. More than 75% of all new mothers in New York choose to breastfeed their babies. Breast milk has nutrients that are easy to digest and antibodies that protect infants from illness.
Breast milk provides many advantages throughout a child’s life such as reduced risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, diabetes, obesity and certain childhood cancers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends only breastfeeding for the ﬁrst six months of your baby’s life. The longer a mother breastfeeds, the greater the health beneﬁts to her infant. Breastfed babies are not sick as often which can lower medical bills. Mothers who breastfeed recover more quickly from childbirth, return more rapidly to prepregnancy weight, and are less likely to develop certain breast and ovarian cancers. New York supports breastfeeding mothers with laws that protect their right to breastfeed in the hospital, public places and at work. For more information see www.breastfeedingpartners.org
At Cortland Regional Medical Center, breastfeeding is supported by a well-trained nursing staff. You also have access to two certified lactation counselors if you need more extensive help. If you still need assistance after you go home, you can return to the Maternity Unit for further breastfeeding instruction.