Breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding is a natural way of providing your newborn baby with rich nutrition. Breast milk contains antibodies and nutrients that will help to keep your baby healthy for the first six months.


Salem Health's breastfeeding and lactation services:

  • Internationally board-certified lactation consultants
  • Prenatal breastfeeding classes for moms and families
  • Free breastfeeding support groups
  • One on one breastfeeding consultations
  • All registered nurses are trained in lactation
  • Breast pump in each suite for your convenience
  • On site pharmacy carries electric breast pumps and supplies
  • For mothers choosing to bottle feed, hospital staff will provide advice that includes how to mix formula, what type of formula to use, and how to hold the baby.

    Support group

    A breastfeeding support group is available at no charge for any mother needing follow up assistance, regardless of where you delivered.

    Salem Health Community Health Education Center (CHEC)
    939 Oak St. SE, Building D, first floor classroom 2
    Salem, Oregon 97301 

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (except holidays) 1 to 2:30 p.m.

    West Valley Hospital
    525 SE Washington St. (use front entrance on Washington Street)
    Dallas, Oregon 97338

    Wednesdays (except holidays) 10 to 11:30 a.m.

    If you have questions and wish to speak with a lactation consultant or wish to schedule a private consultation, please call 503-814-4539. There is a fee for a one-on-one consultation; some insurance policies will cover the cost.

    Interested in becoming a milk donor? Learn more

    Your guide to breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding is a natural way to provide your newborn with a source of healthy nutrition. This guide can help parents learn more about the importance of breastfeeding, answer common questions and concerns.


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    This guide is produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health (OWH). Reference to specific commercial products, manufacturers, companies, or trademarks does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by OWH or vice versa.