Akron General is Summit County's only designated Baby-Friendly birth facility, an initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals that offer optimal care for infant feeding.

How breastfeeding can benefit mother and baby

Research on infant breastfeeding continues to uncover more evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding for both the infant and the mother. Breastfeeding will help decrease your baby’s chance of long-term diseases including diabetes, certain types of cancers and obesity. Breast milk is uniquely made to meet the specific health needs of your infant, especially for infants who are premature or have health challenges. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding, including a decreased risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis.

How often should you nurse?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a baby should be breastfed 8-12 times every 24 hours to establish a good milk supply, and to provide the baby with adequate nourishment. It is also recommended that breastfeeding continues for at least 12 months of the infant’s life.

Support during your stay and after you go home

The Lactation Service at Akron General consists of internationally board certified lactation consultants. Our lactation consultants are available while you are in the hospital and after discharge to help you feel comfortable with and knowledgeable about breastfeeding. Lactation consulting hours vary by day, and include some evenings and weekends. We are happy to help you and your baby get off to a good breastfeeding start. During your hospital stay, please let your nurse know if you are interested in seeing a lactation consultant. If you would like consultation after you and your baby go home, please call our lactation specialists at 330.344.5705.

Breastfeeding support

Akron General’s lactation specialists want to assist you and your family in having a happy and successful breastfeeding experience. If you are planning to breastfeed, be sure to learn more about at various Akron General locations.