Breastfeeding Support and Skin to Skin Bonding Time

Swedish Hospital is dedicated to helping guide you through pregnancy, childbirth and caring for your newborn. We understand that childbirth is an extremely personal experience, and we strive to provide you with resources in accordance with your preferences and goals, including breastfeeding education and support and skin to skin bonding time. 

For more information on the Family Birthing Center, call 773-989-3834.

Breastfeeding Education and Support

Specialized breastfeeding support can benefit all new mothers. Every mother and baby is different—while some mothers benefit from guidance immediately after birth, others may need assistance later. We strive to provide you with the resources you need to start on the right foot and continue successfully throughout motherhood. 

    Inpatient Breastfeeding Assistance

    A board-certified lactation consultant sees every patient that gives birth at Swedish Hospital prior to discharge to assist in beginning to breastfeeding and to answer any questions new mothers may have on the topic. All nurses in the Mother Baby Unit are required to have breastfeeding training and are available for additional assistance.  

    Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic

    Swedish Hospital's Breastfeeding Clinic provides moms with access to internationally board-certified lactation consultants and nurse practitioners during hour-long visits. We welcome all moms, regardless of where they give birth and accept most forms of insurance, including Medicaid, with no out-of-pocket expense to the patient.

    Learn more about our Breastfeeding Clinic>> 

Skin-to-Skin and Mother-Baby Bonding Time

Begin by Bonding: No Visiting Time for First Two Hours After Birth

Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your baby. We look forward to caring for you and your family at every step of pre- and postnatal care.

The moments after giving birth will be a special time for you and your baby. We recommend two hours of uninterrupted bonding time between mommy, partner and baby immediately after birth. Instead of receiving visitors, we strongly encourage you to use this time for you and your baby to recover and benefit from skin-to-skin contact. This time also allows for important health assessments for you and your baby.

Benefits of skin-to-skin include:

  • A clinically-proven better start to breastfeeding
  • Helping your baby adjust to life outside the womb
  • Improved bonding in that moment and in the years that follow

Contact Us

For more information on the Family Birthing Center, call 773-989-3834.



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