Breastfeeding

Babies were born to breastfeed, and your body is designed for it. It’s one of the best things you can do for your baby. Why?

  • Breastfeeding gives your baby a healthy start.
  • Cells, hormones and antibodies in breastmilk help protect babies from illness.
  • Breastfeeding also helps a mother’s health and healing following childbirth and leads to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
  • Breastfeeding save lives. Research shows that if 90% of families breastfed exclusively for six months, nearly 1,000 infant deaths could be prevented annual.
  • Breastfeeding saves money, from the savings of purchasing formula to the lower medical costs for breastfed infants.
  • Breastfeeding is better for the environment because formula cans, bottles and supplies create plastic waste.

Willis-Knighton is committed to helping you accomplish this for your baby. We were the first health system in Louisiana to earn GIFT (Guided Infant Feeding Techniques) certification from the Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition. We’ve been recognized for our efforts to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Class

We offer a breastfeeding class and recommend that you take this in week 27 or later of your pregnancy. This is a great way to prepare in advance, learn techniques and have your questions answered.  

Lactation Consulting  

To support your breastfeeding efforts, we offer free lactation services to new mothers. When you’re in the hospital, you will be visited by a lactation consultant. And when you go home, our lactation consultants are still available to you. We want to be sure you are successful and these services are provided to you at no charge even after you go home. To get help, just call the lactation consultant where you delivered and one will be happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment.

  • Willis-Knighton South & the Center for Women’s Health
    (318) 212-5632
  • WK Bossier Health Center
    (318) 212-7147
  • WK Pierremont Health Center
    (318) 212-3081

Breastfeeding Support Group

We offer free mother-to-mother support groups every week at these sessions. The groups are guided by board-certified lactation consultants who will address common concerns and issues you may be facing. Registration is not necessary. Just come and join us – and, of course, babies are welcomed!

  • Willis-Knighton South & the Center for Women’s Health
    Wednesdays -  9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 
    Conference Room B
  • WK Bossier Health Center
    Mondays – 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
    Conference Room A, 1st Floor
  • WK Pierremont Health Center
    Fridays, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
    Serenity Room, 6th Floor