Some facts to consider:
1. Mothers want to breastfeed. (In Hawai‘i, 87.5% of women try)
3. Most mothers don’t breastfeed as long as they had planned.
4. Many mothers give up in the first few weeks.
5. There are lots of things we can do to help mothers!
Practical Help for Waimānalo Moms and Babies
Waimānalo Health Center
41-1347 Kalanianaole Hwy # A Waimanalo, HI 96795
Hawai‘i Mother’s Milk
Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children
1319 Punahou Street, Honolulu, HI 96826
Warm Line: 949-1723 (call with questions or to schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant)
Monday-Friday 9 am- 2 pm
Breastfeeding counseling, breastfeeding supplies, electric breast pump rental & sales.
La Leche League O‘ahu
Melissa (Schofield area) 888-2321
Hospitals – The hospital where you delivered your baby, or your midwife, will generally take breastfeeding questions. The numbers below will get you to the right department:
Castle Hospital Birth Center 263-5177
Kaiser Hospital Lactation Center 432-8518
Kapi‘olani Hospital Lactation Consultants 983-6007
The Queen’s Medical Center Breastfeeding Support Center 537-7404
Tripler Army Medical Center – Diana Tabaj 433-5020 (office) / Brenda Willey 577-7607 (pager)
“Baby Hui” – Castle Hospital also has informal meetings for moms and babies gather and talk story. Call 263-5270 for more information.
Call 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) to talk with a trained breastfeeding peer counselor at the National Breastfeeding Helpline.
Baby Friendly Birth
The birth matters. Look for a Baby Friendly Hospital to give birth. The hospital and birthing centers that are designated as “Baby Friendly” give the best mother and baby care. Babies born at a Baby Friendly facility get a better start with breastfeeding.
Waimānalo residents are very fortunate! Depending on the type of insurance, there are some really good choices. With the help of the Department of Health, Healthy Hawai‘i Initiative, several hospitals in Hawai‘i are working towards Baby Friendly designation. Castle Hospital in Kailua is nearing Baby Friendly designation, and Kaiser Hospital Moanalua is Baby Friendly and has been for over 15 years! Tripler Hospital for the military is making plans to work towards to Baby Friendly designation too!
Online Breastfeeding Resources
Why breastfeed? Click here for 101 reasons!
Secrets of Baby Behavior – Wouldn’t every mom and dad like to be an expert on baby behavior? Understanding what to expect can help a lot! Understanding infant states Newborns wake frequently – often every 1-3 hours. As babies get older, they are able to link more sleep cycles together. Infant Sleep and Newborn Sleep
Laid Back Breastfeeding – Being “laid back” can really help!
Common Sense Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding isn’t that complicated, or so says Diane Wiesssinger. On this site, a mother and lactation consultant talks about breastfeeding in a down-to-earth, friendly tone.
Postpartum Depression and Breastfeeding
Postpartum depression should never be ignored whether or not a woman breastfeeds. Several articles have shown that breastfeeding is associated with lower perceived stress levels, and fewer depressive symptoms postpartum. For an example article, click here.
An article on the La Leche League site
An article on the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine blog for physicians
Guidelines for doctors who are treating a mother with depression
Breastfeeding and Attachment
Parents want a close attachment to their children! Breastfeeding isn’t the only way to form that close bond, but it can help. Click here for more information.
Some Recommended Books on Breastfeeding
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Teresa Pitman, Diana West and Diane Wiessinger (Jul 13, 2010) Note: Previous editions are not nearly as good.
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solving Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America, Revised & Updated Edition by Teresa Pitman and Jack Newman (Nov 28, 2006)
The Breastfeeding Answer Book by Nancy Mohrbacher (Jan 1, 2003)
Breastfeeding: A Parent’s Guide, Ninth Edition by Amy Spangler (Jun 1, 2010)
The Breastfeeding Atlas by Barbara Wilson-Clay (Nov 2008)