Breastfeeding

The Lactation Centers located at the University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital, UH Landerbrook Health Center, UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children and UH Westlake Health Center provide assistance to those mothers and babies who need a little extra help with breastfeeding.

Certified lactation consultants are available to work with you and your infant to ensure a successful and satisfying experience.

For additional information or to make an appointment, call Eastside: 440-995-3830 or Westside: 440-250-2035.

Supply Center

Electric breast pumps, rental/sales, maternity/breastfeeding bras and other breastfeeding supplies are available at the University Hospitals MacDonald Lactation Center in University Hospitals Landerbrook Health Center at 440-995-3830, or at University Hospitals Westlake Health Center at 440-250-2035.

Recognition for Lactation Support

University Hospitals is committed to providing comprehensive breastfeeding support for mothers and babies, and several UH facilities have earned recognition for their lactation services:

Baby Friendly-Designated Hospitals: UH Cleveland and Elyria medical centers have both been recognized as Baby Friendly Hospitals for their emphasis on breastfeeding support and mother/baby bonding.

First Steps for Healthy Babies: This breastfeeding initiative from the Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio Department of Health honors Ohio hospitals for their lactation support. Their star-rating system recognized the following UH facilities: 

  • Five-Star Hospital: UH Cleveland Medical Center/UH MacDonald Women's Hospital and UH Elyria Medical Center
  • Four-Star Hospital: UH Portage Medical Center
  • Three-Star Hospital: UH St. John Medical Center
  • One-Star Hospital: UH Parma Medical Center

First Step for Healthy Babies also recognized the following hospitals for being a "Bag Free Facility" in 2017:

  • UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • UH Elyria Medical Center
  • UH Geauga Medical Center
  • UH Parma Medical Center
  • UH Portage Medical Center
  • UH St. John Medical Center

IBCLC Care Award: This award recognized hospitals and other birthing facilities that hire current International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certificants and have a dedicated lactation support program. IBCLC Care Award recipients include:

  • UH Cleveland Medical Center/UH MacDonald Women's Hospital
  • UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
  • UH Elyria Medical Center
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