Bringing a baby into the world is one of the greatest and more exciting challenges many women will face. The team at UM Shore Regional Health Women's and Children's Health Services wants every newborn boy or girl to have the best possible start in life, in every way possible.

There are many ways to do this. Purchasing a safety-certified car seat and crib, choosing a baby monitor and taking parent education and infant CPR classes are just a few examples.

One of the simplest ways to get a newborn on a strong and healthy course in life is also one of the oldest – breastfeeding. Studies show that compared to formula-fed babies, breastfed babies have lower risk for many health problems, including:

  • Asthma
  • Childhood obesity
  • Eczema
  • Infections and allergies
  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Type 1 diabetes

Breastfeeding Support

Certified lactation consultants offer expectant and new mothers information about the benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby along with tips and techniques for successful breastfeeding. For information regarding breastfeeding support conducted by appointment via video-conference or in-person, contact Carol Leonard, 410-822-1000, ext. 5535.

Breastfeeding Supports Mom's Health

Research shows that, in addition to helping new mothers shed pregnancy weight, breastfeeding reduces a mother's lifetime risk for various health problems, including:

  • Breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes

Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed a baby, but it can pose challenges, especially for first-time mothers. Basic breastfeeding skills are best learned before childbirth. Expectant mothers are encouraged to attend a breastfeeding class via video-conference, talk to their OB/GYNs or midwives about what to expect and attend virtual meetings of the Breastfeeding Support Group.

For additional information about breastfeeding education or support opportunities, please contact lactation consultant Carol Leonard, RNC, IBCLC, RLC, at the Birthing Center, 410-822-1000, ext. 5700 or 5535.

Breastfeeding Resources

Pump Rentals

Craig's Pharmacy
409 Race Street
Cambridge, MD, 21613
Phone: 410-228-0058
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 am - 6 pm

Mid-Shore WIC Program

To speak with a lactation consultant, please call 410-829-8656 (English) or 410-829-8655 (Spanish) .