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The benefits of breastfeeding cannot be overstated. The physical and emotional advantages of nursing are incredible for both mom and baby!

The doctors at the Children's Clinic believe so strongly in breastfeeding that they have provided breastfeeding education, assistance, and support for mothers and babies free of charge for over 35 years.

As you consult the resources and information available on this page, please keep in mind that our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Lesli Gould is always available to assist you with any breastfeeding needs you may have throughout your breastfeeding journey.
Why Breastfeed?

The Benefits of Breastfeeding:

Breast milk is the perfect composition for your baby.
Known as colostrum, early breast milk is very rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect your baby. Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrum at each feeding, it matches the amount his or her tiny stomach can hold. Mature breast milk usually transitions between the 3rd and 5th day after birth and still contains a valuable mix of nutrients for your infant.

Breast milk changes as the baby grows.
Your breast milk adjusts to each stage of your baby's development. The amount of protein, healthy fats, etc., will change to match the unique needs of your developing child.

Breast milk is easy to digest.
Human breast milk is perfectly compatible for baby's delicate digestive system.

Breast milk fights disease.
Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses, including diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia. Breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma and allergies. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Breastfeeding protects mothers, too.
Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

Life can be easier when you breastfeed.
Breastfeeding may take a little more effort at first. But it can make life easier once you and your baby settle into a good routine.

Breastfeeding saves money.
Families can save between $1,200 - $2,500 in expenditures on infant formula in the first year alone.

Breastfeeding mothers miss less work.
Breastfeeding mothers miss fewer days from work because their infants are sick less often.

For Expectant Parents

As you anticipate the birth of your little one and begin to navigate the journey of parenthood, we at the Children's Clinic are here to support you every step of the way. With this in mind, we offer specific lactation services to promote the valuable breastfeeding relationship between mothers and their babies.

The Children's Clinic LOVES Breastfeeding

In recent years, the medical and scientific community has determined that breast milk is the optimal food for babies. The current standard of care for infants is this:

As long as breast milk supply is good and baby is gaining well, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding baby nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life, with continued breastfeeding for at least a year (longer if mom and baby want to). The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding for two years. So, breastfeeding families can know that by breastfeeding, they are giving their baby the best food possible.

At the Children's Clinic, lactation support will continue to be available free of charge to you and your baby as long as you need assistance with breastfeeding. If breastfeeding issues arise, you can easily schedule a consultation at the downtown Children's Clinic location. Our lactation consultant works very closely with you and your child's pediatrician to monitor your baby's growth and breast milk intake to ensure your baby is feeding and growing well.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes

While there restrictions continue to be in place due to COVID-19,
we will continue to determine the safest format for these classes.
Our goal is to keep all new parents safe from possible exposure to COVID-19.

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our ability to gather together, the Children's Clinic has determined that it would safer to direct all of our new parents to an online prenatal breastfeeding class format, for now. This will ensure that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 while learning about breastfeeding.
We have provided a number of good online class choices below. After you take the class, if you still have questions feel free to call Lesli Gould, the Children’s Clinic Lactation Consultant.
It may help you to know that you will have breastfeeding support once baby arrives. When you deliver your baby at either hospital, you can request to have a lactation consultant come to your bedside to help you with breastfeeding. Once you are discharged, if you choose the Children’s Clinic as your child's provider, there is a registered lactation consultant on staff to help you throughout your breastfeeding journey. She will be available as your lactation consultant starting with your baby’s first visit to the Children's Clinic and will continue lactation care while your child is a patient of the Children’s Clinic. We provide telemed visits when necessary and prenatal lactation visits are also an option. Additionally, our website has many great resources for breastfeeding parents on this lactation page.
Please choose from one or all of these prenatal breastfeeding classes:
Free online breastfeeding classes:

Classes for a small fee:

I'm home from the hospital... now what?

Your first and second night home from the hospital may be more than a little challenging! It's almost like your newborn suddenly realizes that she is no longer in the warm, safe environment of the womb and life outside is a little scary! Baby may be fussy, may cluster feed, or may forget that he or she knows how to nurse altogether! Some babies don't do this, but if yours does, realize this is normal newborn behavior for the first or second night home from the hospital. Realize that your baby is 'programmed' to go to the breast often. It's his or her job to stimulate the transition from colostrum to mature milk. It's perfectly normal for baby to ask to go to the breast often. Feed when he or she asks to feed.

How do you make it through?!

Download informational PDF's by clicking on a link below for a wealth of information about your first days at home. And remember... help is only a phone call away.

Just for Partners

Your support during your loved ones' breastfeeding journey is invaluable for both mom and baby. Providing understanding and support for the breastfeeding pair is one of the most valuable investments you can make in the future health and well-being of your family. Having positive support when breastfeeding can be key in successful breastfeeding. In fact, statistics say it increases success by at least 75%!

While it may seem unlikely, you can help with baby's breastfeeding, YOU are an important component in the success of breastfeeding for this little one! You can make this happen by your attitude, actions and words.

What can I do?

If you find yourself in need of some advice & encouragement from other partners, we recommend visiting the following websites:

Supplies and Rentals

Lactation supplies are available including: rentals of hospital grade breast pumps, nipple shields, breast shields, pump replacement parts, breast shells, and more.

Contact Lesli Gould for more information.
Email her at: childrensclinicbabies@gmail.com
Call her at: 530-802-0975

Additional Resources

Local Resources

Lactation @ the Children's Clinic
Lesli Gould, IBCLC

Breastfeeding Classes are offered at the Children's Clinic, along with assistance with pumping and returning to work or school.

La Leche League (a worldwide breastfeeding support group)
La Leche Facebook Page

Billings Baby Bistro (a local mom-to-mom support group)
Billings Baby Bistro Facebook Page

St. Vincent Mother Infant Floor
IBCLC Lactation Nurses on Staff

WIC Breastfeeding Counselors on Staff

Reliable Online Resources

For General Breastfeeding Questions:

Medications & Breastfeeding:

Postpartum Depression:

For resources for partners, see the "Just for Partners" section above

Meet Lesli

Lesli is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Certified Lactation Educator (CLE); a professionally trained health care provider specializing in education and clinical management of breastfeeding. Lesli works closely with parents, pediatricians and other health care providers to help facilitate the breastfeeding relationship between parent and baby. This includes monitoring progress of breastmilk production, milk transfer and infant feeding and weight management as well as any problems that arise with breastfeeding such as poor infant weight gain, pain with breastfeeding, mastitis, engorgement or other obstacles that can challenge breastfeeding families. Lesli is her to assist breastfeeding families in meeting their individual breastfeeding goals as well as assisting with latching and positioning difficulties, milk supply issues, adoptive breast/chest feeding, returning to work, along with many other challenges that may occur throughout the breastfeeding journey.

Lesli Gould, BA, IBCLC, CLE
Certified Lactation Educator

Email Her at: childrensclinicbabies@gmail.com
Contact Her by Phone at: 530-802-0975

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