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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: 

  •  Determining correct positioning and latching tips
  •  Developing a family breastfeeding plan
  •  Ensuring your milk supply is adequate
  •  Preparing to return to work
  •  Obtaining a breast pump for home 
  •  Understanding the effects of your medications/illnesses on breastfeeding
  •  Guidance with suspected breast engorgement/infection or blocked milk ducts
  •  Understanding breast milk storage guidelines
  •  Bottle feeding transition 
  •  Feeding babies with reflux or spitting up
  •  Knowing what to do when your baby is fussy during feeding
  •  Weighing your baby to ensure he or she is getting the proper amount during feedings

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.

  •  Carle Foundation Hospital South Clinic (first floor) - by appointment
  •  Carle Urbana on Windsor - Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  •  Carle Champaign on Curtis - Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 


Community Breastfeeding Support Group

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.

Carle's Breastfeeding Support Policy

10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

Community Breastfeeding Resources

Treated Conditions

Engorgement
Plugged ducts
Yeast infection

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