Moms and dads with new babies

Members of the Birthing Center’s Breastfeeding Support Group meet for playtime and parents’ meet-and-greets, as well as for roundtable-style discussion. Back row, from left: Brian Herman; Phil Eames; Patrick, Brittany and Owen Wright; Gary, Ashley and Tripp Baxter; and Carol Leonard. Middle row: Jacqui and Leona Burchfield; Jen and Luke Eames; and Kari and Canna St. Laurent. Front row: Hannah and Abby Hollis; Helen and Persephone Herman; and April and Liam Earl.


Due to the recent cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland, we are canceling our group events and meetings until further notice. This is being done to protect our patients, staff and visitors. We will announce on our Facebook page when classes and group events will resume as normal.

Thank you for your understanding.

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 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 at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, talk to their OB/GYNs or midwives about what to expect and attend meetings of the Breastfeeding Support Group, also held at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

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) .