Breastfeeding has multiple benefits for both baby and mom as it provides the perfect nutrition that promotes growth, development and a healthy immune system.

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for at least 6 months and continued breastfeeding for at least one year as new foods are introduced to your baby’s diet. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for your baby and has everything needed for the first six months of life.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • Provides important antibodies that help fight off viruses and bacteria and may reduce the risk of ear infections, respiratory infections and other illnesses
  • May aid in protecting baby against allergies and eczema
  • Causes less stomach upset, diarrhea and constipation than formula
  • Decreases childhood obesity rates
  • Promotes important skin-to-skin time with baby for bonding and growth
  • Decreases mom’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer
  • Burns calories that may help mom lose pregnancy weight

There are very few circumstances in which breastfeeding your baby would not be advised and other options should be considered. We encourage you to discuss any health issues or concerns with your healthcare provider or lactation consultant

Breastfeeding Support

We are committed to providing breastfeeding education and support to new, expectant and experienced moms. Our team of Lactation Specialists are available to offer breastfeeding support while you are in the hospital. It is our shared goal to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.

Help is available for:

  • Latching positioning
  • Milk supply questions
  • Guidance with breastmilk pumping
  • Prenatal counseling/education
  • Advisement of medication safety during breastfeeding

Amy Blue, RN, IBCLC
Berkeley Medical Center
2500 Hospital Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25401
304-264-1000 ext 37006

Pam Longmore, PNP, IBCLC
WVU Medicine Primary Care & Pediatrics – Inwood Primary Care
operated by WVU Medicine University Healthcare Physicians
5047 Gerrardstown Road, Suite 2B
Inwood, WV 25428

Jane Squires, RN, IBCLC
Shenandoah Community Health
99 Tavern Road
Martinsburg, WV 25401