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Find Breastfeeding Help at Your Local Southcoast Hospital

Many studies have shown breastfeeding is best for mother and baby. From a reduction in the risk of breast and ovarian cancers and osteoporosis for women to a decrease in the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome, diarrhea, ear infections, leukemia and allergies in children, breastfeeding is a win-win for many moms and babies.

In addition, each of our maternity units at Southcoast Health offers the services of trained and certified lactation consultants in Fall River and New Bedford, MA. These are nurses whose job is to promote breastfeeding and educate and assist moms to achieve success in their efforts.

Take Advantage of the Southcoast Baby Café

Southcoast is proud to host Baby Café, a friendly and comfortable drop-in session for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to learn more about breastfeeding. Mothers can relax, share tips and techniques, and socialize with other moms. Peer support and one-on-one help from specially trained health professionals is available, including professional lactation support and WIC peer counselors.

The program is led locally by Southcoast Health Obstetrician/Gynecologist Uma Harinarayanan, DO, with assistance provided by Southcoast lactation consultants. For the latest locations and schedule, visit our events calendar or reach out to us at the information below.

To speak with a lactation consultant, call:
Charlton Memorial Hospital — (508) 973-7062
St. Luke’s Hospital — (508) 997-MILK

To register for a breastfeeding class, call:
Charlton Memorial Hospital — (508) 973-7308
St. Luke’s Hospital — (508) 973-5445

Southcoast Health works with moms in Fall River, New Bedford and surrounding areas to offer breastfeeding resources like the Baby Café.