Feeding Your Newborn


Mother nursing baby

Breastfeeding provides the nutrition a baby needs and establishes a bond between mother and infant. While at times breastfeeding can be challenging and sometimes an emotional experience, the right support and information can make a big difference.

We have nurses trained in lactation available in the clinic and encourage you to use this resource, especially if this is your first time breastfeeding. Learn more by contacting a Virginia Mason medical center near you.

For the New Mother

While you are breastfeeding, be sure and eat a well-balanced diet, drink plenty of fluids and continue your prenatal vitamins. Do not use nonprescription (unless discussed with your doctor) or recreational drugs, tobacco or alcohol. If you have questions about breastfeeding and prescription drugs, please check with us.

Nursing Books

  • Nursing Mother’s Companion, by Kathleen Huggins
  • Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, by Gwen Gotsch
  • The Breastfeeding Book, by William and Martha Sears

Breast pumps

  • Medela: (800) 835-5968 (24 hours)
  • Hollister, IN: (800) 323-4060 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Bottle Feeding

For mothers unable to breast feed, bottle feeding is a perfectly suitable option to provide nourishment for your newborn baby. The Virginia Mason pediatric and family medicine specialists are here to help answer any questions you may have.