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Breastfeeding is Healthy, Nurturing and Rewarding

Congratulations on your decision to breastfeed your new baby. We know you will find breastfeeding a happy, rewarding experience, and our staff is eager to help and support you in whatever way possible. Human breast milk is the perfect food for a baby. It can help prevent disease, provide optimum nutrition, promote healthy growth and development, and even lower the risks of allergy and dental problems.

Woman's the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocate breastfeeding as the most desirable form of nutrition for infants and recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of your baby’s life. Woman's also supports breastfeeding opinions by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine [pdf].

Woman's is eager to support and encourage you in your breastfeeding, and has been designated by the Department of health and Hospitals as a GIFT (Guided Infant Feeding Techniques) hospital and a "Bag Free" hospital by the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition.

Breast milk is a wonderful gift to you baby that only you can provide.


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Woman's Hospital's Breastfeeding Resources

Woman's Breastfeeding Guide
Woman's Breastfeeding Guide [pdf]

Woman's is proud to offer many services to help mothers breastfeed, including:

  • Classes on breastfeeding and baby care both before and after your baby is born
  • Prenatal education and lactation services at the hospital and Woman’s Center for Wellness
  • Private inpatient and outpatient breastfeeding consultations
  • Our Mom & Baby Boutique’s wide range of breastfeeding and pumping supplies for sale and rental, so you can head home with everything you need to successfully feed your newborn. Call 225-231-5578 for more information.
  • Woman's "Warmline" to answer your breastfeeding questions. Call 225-924-8239.
  • A printable breastfeeding chart to mark daily feedings and diaper counts. This helps ensure that your baby is eating and gaining weight appropriately.
  • HealthyBR TV Breastfeeding Video

Paying for Breastfeeding Equipment and Resources

If you expect to qualify for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, sign up as soon as possible by calling your local health unit or WIC site.

Breastfeeding equipment and supplies are tax free
Breast pumps, nursing bras and other breastfeeding supplies for breastfeeding are eligible for an exemption from Louisiana state sales taxes.

The Affordable Care Act has expanded prevention coverage for women's health and well-being. Included in this legislation is insurance coverage for lactation supplies. Check with your provider for more details.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES