Providing infants with human milk gives them the most complete nutrition possible. Breastfeeding provides the optimal mix of nutrients and antibodies necessary for babies to thrive.
Scientific studies have shown breastfed children have far fewer and less serious illnesses than those who never receive breast milk, including reduced risk of SIDS, childhood cancers and diabetes. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusively breastfeeding for about the first six months of a baby’s life, followed by breastfeeding in combination with the introduction of complementary foods until at least 12 months of age and continuation of breastfeeding for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby.
Carle Community Breastfeeding Clinic is available to talk through questions and help you breastfeed successfully. Our team of experts can assist you with:
Help is available 24 hours a day by phone at (217) 326-2610. Leave a message on our voicemail and the Lactation Consultant will return your call as soon as possible. Press option 1 to set up an appointment or option 2 to ask a question. Appointments are open to the community regardless of where you receive care.
Support from professional consultants is important, as is support from other moms. We offer a breastfeeding support group Thursdays from 10 a.m. – noon at The Forum at Carle.
Join the Carle Breastfeeding Support Group on Facebook for additional resources from our lactation consultants.
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