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First Steps Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding & Lactation

Kettering Health Network offers Lactation Consultants on site to answer any questions you may have and provide help you may need.

Breastfeeding Konnect Group

A free, fun, and educational group for breastfeeding moms. We meet twice a week at the First Steps Breastfeeding Support Center located at 1989 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville, OH. Please join us on Tuesday mornings from 10-11am. Babies and other healthy, small children are welcome. For more information call 937-401-6881.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Baby's Benefits:
  • Provides your baby with vital nutrients
  • Fewer occurrences of ear infections
  • Fewer occurrences of allergies and asthma
  • Decreased instances of childhood obesity
  • Decreased instances of childhood diabetes
  • Decreased instances of childhood leukemia
  • Calms and soothes fussiness
Mother's Benefits:
  • Decreases chances for breast cancer
  • Decreases chances for ovarian cancer
  • Decreases chances for diabetes
  • Convenient
  • Economical

First Steps Program

The First Steps program is available to assist moms and babies with breastfeeding issues after they have left the hospital. If you are experiencing any difficulty following your hospital stay, please call (937) 401-6881 immediately.

We can help with issues such as:
  • Difficult or painful latching
  • Nipple or breast pain during or after nursing
  • Baby eating less than 8 times in a 24 hour period & less than 10 minutes per feeding
  • Baby not having yellow & seedy bowel movements and 6-8 wet diapers per day by day 5
  • Noticing a lack of milk production
  • Breasts should feel full before feedings and softer after feedings
  • Baby is not swallowing frequently while feeding
  • Engorgement
  • Breasts are hard and painful
  • Painful, hot, firm area on breast