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Lactation Program

Congratulations on the news of your pregnancy! In the next few months you will receive lots of information about your pregnancy and your new baby. One of the choices you will need to make is how you will feed your baby.

Here at St Joseph Hospital we are a designated "Baby-Friendly™ Hospital" (the only one in Nashua and the second in the state of New Hampshire). The designation is given by UNICEF and the World Health Organization for meeting the highest level of care and support for breastfeeding mothers. This designation means that all of our nurses are trained to help breastfeeding mothers have a positive breastfeeding experience.

One-on-one support

During your hospital stay, your nurse will spend time helping you breastfeed or bottle- feed your newborn. You will also have help from one of our certified lactation consultants. We recommend feeding your baby by watching for feeding cues while you spend time together. Some babies feed more often, and some feedings will last for 10 to 20 minutes or as long as 40 minutes depending on your baby.

Help at home

Our support follows you home! We have several ways to help you. Our Childbirth Center nurses staff two special 24-hour hotlines, to answer questions about you or your baby. Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, a lactation consultant will call to check in with you within the first week and will continue to call for as long as you wish.  

Contact: Teri D'Onofrino, RN, IBCLC at (603) 884.3489 or ext. 63489.

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