Breastfeeding Services

HackensackUMC Palisades supports and encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of providing nutrition to infants. All Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby, NICU, and Pediatric nurses are trained to assist you with breastfeeding in the hospital. In addition, an International Board Certified Lactation consultant (IBCLC) is available to assist you in the hospital for challenging situations.

HowHackensackUMC Palisades Supports Breastfeeding

Benefits of Breastfeeding

When it comes to breastfeeding, there are many benefits for both mother and baby. CLICK HERE to see a few provided by Baby Friendly USA.

Skin-To-Skin Contact

HackensackUMC Palisades supports skin-to-skin contact in which your baby is placed belly-down, directly on your chest, right after he or she is born. This is the best start to breastfeeding, as skin-to-skin babies breastfeed better and keep breastfeeding longer. CLICK HERE for more information.

The Magical Hour

HackensackUMC Palisades refers to the first hour after birth as the "Magical Hour." Your baby is placed skin-to-skin on your chest, and your healthcare team will care for the two of you as your baby transitions to life outside of the womb. HackensackUMC Palisades recommends that you preserve this special time of bonding by limiting visitors for this first hour.


Keeping mothers and babies together as much as possible during their time in the hospital is beneficial. Some of the advantages include:

  • Promotes bonding
  • Better weight gain and less jaundice
  • Promotes feeding
  • Better sleep
  • Promotes education

Breastfeeding Classes

HackensackUMC Palisades offers classes that cover the advantages of breastfeeding, getting off to a good start in the hospital, techniques that work, positions that are comfortable, signs of adequate infant intake, returning to work, collection and storage of breast milk, and correct use of pumping equipment. CLICK HERE to see all of our classes.

CLICK HERE to read more about our Mommy and Baby Care Group.

Breast Pumps

Breast pumps are available at HackensackUMC Palisades through the Medela breast pump rental station. Please contact your health insurance and doctor to confirm coverage. We recommend that your start to make arrangements prior to delivery.

Breastfeeding "Warm Line"

Our breastfeeding "warm line" is (201) 520-4785. The line, which is answered by a Board-certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), is available for breastfeeding questions and assistance post-hospital-discharge.


American Academy of Pediatrics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy Children

International Lactation Consultant Association

The Joint Commission: What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding
CLICK HERE for the English version.
CLICK HERE for the Spanish version.

La Leche League International

National Breastfeeding Helpline — 1 (800) 994-9662
Speak with a trained breastfeeding peer counselor in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 6:00pm. If you call after hours, leave a message and your call will be returned on the next business day.

State of New Jersey: The Early Childhood, Parenting and Professional Resource Center

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding
CLICK HERE for the English version.
CLICK HERE for the Spanish version.

Zip Milk: Locate a Lactation Consultation in Your Area