Our hospitals are committed to supporting families who choose to breastfeed. We combine the unique skills of physicians, nurse practitioners, certified lactation consultants and lactation educators. We encourage all mothers to hold their babies skin-to-skin right after delivery if they are stable, and allow them to nurse in that first hour when they are very alert.
Services provided by our lactation experts include:
UC San Diego Health does not accept free formula from baby formula companies. Instead, we purchase it for infants who are not breastfed, have special medical conditions or need additional supplementation. We also can provide donor breast milk to postpartum moms who need to supplement their breast milk supply.
Patients and community members can rent hospital-grade breast pumps and buy breastfeeding supplies at our hospital gift shops.
Breastfeeding Guide and Logbook (view or print)
Our breastfeeding guide and logbook provides you with pictures and explanations on how to breastfeed your baby, guidelines on infant nutrition including the latest recommendations on Vitamin D and a log book to track your feedings. This book was written by our doctors and nurses, based on their daily practice and research.