Take Full Advantage of the Benefits of Breastfeeding
At Catawba Valley Medical Center we believe that breastmilk is the ideal
nutrition for infants. Research continues to prove the benefits of breastmilk
and breastfeeding to infants and mothers. Some of those benefits include
protection from many common illnesses for infants such as ear infections
and allergies; and lower risks of breast and ovarian cancer for mothers.
In addition, it is at the right temperature and is just the right amount
of nutrition your baby needs!
In 2021 CVMC achieved the North Carolina Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly
Designation! We are one of only 14 in the state to be recognized by the
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division
of Public Health. This initiative promotes a continuum of quality improvement
and is endorsed by the North Carolina Healthcare Association and the North
Carolina Child Fatality Task Force.
Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Center for Women and Children supports
your decision to breastfeed your infant and work to make it the best experience
it can be. We offer
prenatal breastfeeding classes to help you learn more about breastfeeding prior to delivering your baby.
Once you have delivered, there are staff who are trained in assisting
mothers to breastfeed. In addition, International Board Certified Lactation
Consultants are available both in the hospital and after you go home to
support you and your baby in your breast-feeding journey.
Mommy and Me Breastfeeding Groups are offered twice a month, these allow you to interact with other breast-feeding
mothers and you are able to find out how much breastmilk your baby is getting!
The POD offers breastfeeding supplies including breast pump rentals and
sales, nursing bras and gowns with a certified bra fitter, and breast
Great Start Breastfeeding - If you are interested in attending one of our prenatal breastfeeding
class or purchasing breastfeeding supplies, please call the POD at 828.326.3062.
You can also conveniently sign up for classes online via our online calendar.
Baby Weigh Thursdays - Nursing mothers are encouraged to join us for on Thursday mornings from
9am - 11am to use our baby scale to accurately weigh your infant. Please
note that medical supervision and lactation services are not offered by
our staff during this event.
If you have questions or concerns regarding breastfeeding, before or after
you have your baby, please call our Breastfeeding Helpline at 828.326.2086.
We look forward to helping to make your breastfeeding experience the best