Bonding with Your Baby

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Mother holding a baby

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund, is focused on providing new mothers with optimal care, information and instruction so they can breastfeed with success. A hospital with a Baby-Friendly certification is dedicated to ensuring that mother-baby care includes education and counseling on breastfeeding.

Central Maine Medical Center is one of only five Baby-Friendly hospitals in the state of Maine. Having earned the designation once in 2006 and again in 2011, CMMC has gone the extra mile to meet guidelines like the comprehensive training of their staff.

Every nurse in the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center is skilled at basic breastfeeding assistance, and lactation consultants can show new mothers how best to hold the baby, help them latch on, and how to express milk.

As a part of the Breastfeeding Matters Program, mothers receive the services of lactation consultants, prenatal education about breastfeeding, the opportunity to be a part of a weekly breastfeeding support group, and newborn office visits at Central Maine Pediatrics. These knowledgeable lactation consultants are available by appointment during the weekdays, by calling 207-795-2528.

Other benefits offered by CMMC's Family Birthing Center include 24-hour rooming in during your stay so that you can learn about your baby's feeding cues, and a birthing center that has amenities like labor tubs, in-room television featuring a special channel about newborns and their care, meals that can be delivered to family visitors while they wait for the baby's arrival, and a Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit directed by a board-certified neonatologist.

For more information on the programs and services offered as part of Central Maine Medical Center's Baby-Friendly certification, call the CMMC Special Delivery Family Birthing center at 207-795-2530 or visit