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Lactation Services

Breastfeeding Support for You & Your Baby

The lactation program at Reston Hospital Center provides education, support and counseling to mothers before birth and throughout the breastfeeding journey. Along with lactation consultants certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), all Reston Hospital maternity nurses are trained in lactation support. Lactation services are available seven days a week.

Lactation services at Reston Hospital include:

  • Prenatal breastfeeding course: Preparation for Breastfeeding
  • Bedside consultation for new moms from our lactation consultants
  • Ongoing support–through telephone consultation and follow-up
  • New moms' support group: Baby on Board
  • Breast pumps and other breastfeeding accessories available for rent or purchase

Baby-Friendly Practices

Research indicates that mothers who are supported in their breastfeeding journey are more likely to breastfeed longer and experience a greater feeling of success. At Reston Hospital, we're committed to helping new moms breastfeed through the Baby-Friendly Hospital initiative, practicing the 10 steps outlined by the World Health Organization to encourage safe and successful breastfeeding.

Our goal is to ensure every new mother has the education and tools necessary to breastfeed her baby. Currently, more than 70 percent of mothers who give birth at Reston Hospital continue to breastfeed six months after birth–a rate more than double the national average.

If breastfeeding is not possible, our lactation consultants provide advice on healthy bottle feeding, proper formula preparation and other aspects of feeding your new baby.

Learn more about our skilled, compassionate care for moms and babies at Reston Hospital.