Center for Breastfeeding

Whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby is one of the most important decisions you'll make during your pregnancy. We are here to support your decision, whether you decide to breastfeed or formula-feed your newborn.

Did You Know?

The American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, World Health Organization and UNICEF all support breastfeeding as the best way to feed newborns for the first year. Breastfeeding is a natural way for mothers and babies to bond. Plus breast milk contains all the nutrients, growth factors, hormones and antibodies a baby needs to grow and stay healthy. Infant formula has only about 40 of the natural components of breast milk.

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Danbury Hospital is among 10 hospitals in Connecticut selected to participate in a two-year Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to promote breastfeeding. The goal is to become the first state in the nation to have all maternity hospitals designated as “baby friendly.”

A global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nation’s Children’s Fund, the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative recognizes hospitals that offer excellence in maternity practices and a high level of support in infant feeding. The program assists hospitals to develop breastfeeding programs that support families as they learn new skills to initiate breastfeeding and go on to have a satisfying breastfeeding experience.

What to Expect at the Family Birth Center

Our certified lactation consultants help new mothers at the Family Birth Center develop the confidence and skills they need to initiate breastfeeding.

Before delivery, women can take a prenatal breastfeeding class through our Programs for Parents that addresses common questions about breastfeeding.

During their hospital stay, women meet with lactation consultants who are available to assist, support and develop individual infant feeding plans.

Breastfeeding Support Once You Leave the Hospital

After discharge, the Center for Breastfeeding continues to support breastfeeding families through telephone consultations as well as one-on-one outpatient consultation.

If you are undecided whether to breastfeed or have specific questions and concerns, please contact the Center for Breastfeeding for more information at 203-739-7777. 

For More Information

Need a doctor? Use our convenient Find a Doctor online tool or call us at 1-800-511-9971 for a physician referral. Visit the patient and visitor information section to learn more about Danbury Hospital.