In the interest of improving the health of our mothers and newborns, Sutter Davis has specially trained nurses on staff daily to assist mothers and babies to breastfeed successfully. We're proud to be a Baby-Friendly Hospital.
Breastfeeding offers babies the best possible start by bonding mother and newborn, providing the ideal nutrition, and strengthening a baby's immune system. Breastfeeding not only provides the perfect nutrition for babies, it also helps prevent many childhood and adult diseases. Breastfeeding is normal, desirable and achievable according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which encourages every mother to breastfeed their infants for six months without supplements and to continue breastfeeding for the first year and beyond.
Studies show breastfeeding can decrease conditions such as respiratory diseases, diarrhea, ear infections and bacterial meningitis and boost intelligence. Breastfeeding may offer protection against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), diabetes, obesity and asthma. Research indicates that breastfeeding can reduce a mother's risk of ovarian and breast cancer, hip fractures, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Breastfeeding also has the potential for decreasing healthcare costs, doctor's visits and hospitalization.
Review our complete offering of breastfeeding classes to find a location near you.
In addition to the various classes offered in the Sutter Health network, there are seven basic topics that are helpful to know before you have your baby. Learning about these topics will help you achieve the best birth, for the healthiest baby, and the most successful breastfeeding experience.
- Benefits of Breastfeeding (PDF) English | Spanish
- Only Breast Milk for the First Six Months (PDF) English | Spanish
- Feeding On Cue (PDF) English | Spanish
- Breastfeeding - Latch and Positioning (PDF) English | Spanish
- Rooming In (PDF) English | Spanish
- Skin To Skin (PDF) English | Spanish
- The Effects of Medications on Birth, Baby, & Breastfeeding (PDF) English | Spanish