The many proven benefits of breastfeeding have led us at Mission Women’s Health to actively promote its practice. Though breastfeeding can present logistical challenges for working moms or initial struggles with proper technique, many women find that the rewards greatly outweigh the challenges.
We offer exceptional education and support services to new mothers, with the goal of making breastfeeding easier and more manageable. We recognize that the more moms who choose to breastfeed, the more moms and babies can receive these very real health advantages:
- Lower risk of ear and allergy infection
- Fewer GI disturbances
- Mom's milk is easily digested and a perfect match
- Filled with antibodies to prevent infections
- Stimulates sense of smell and taste
- Provides skin, eye, and voice contact, contributing to a bonding, loving relationship
- Convenient and economical
- Helps uterus return to normal size
- Helpful for weight loss
- Contributes to a great bonding, intimate relationship
Our Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants teach breastfeeding basics through one-on-one sessions, and will talk to you about breastfeeding safety, including foods, medicines and physical activities. You'll find expert help and individualized planning for issues such as:
Latch on difficulties
Sleepy babies or issues where babies are unable to nurse well
Milk supply issues
Swelling of the breast called engorgement
Collection and storage of breast milk
Your baby is not feeding, or wetting enough
Your baby is not gaining enough weight
Many of these services are covered by your insurance carrier; call our office or your carrier if you have questions. Outpatient office visits are charged at an hourly rate; the rate is dependent on your specific needs and issues.
Baby Friendly Hospital Distinction
Mission Hospital earned the rigorous Baby Friendly Hospital Distinction given to hospitals for their advocacy of breastfeeding among new mothers. We were the first hospital in North Carolina to earn the designation.
Golden Bow Award
The Mother-Baby Unit and Mission Breastfeeding Center at Mission Children's Hospital recently received the "Golden Bow Award" from the NC Breastfeeding Coalition for our efforts to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
We now have a new location with expanded services! The new Breastfeeding Center Boutique includes:
- Bra fittings & Nursing bras in all sizes
- Various baby carriers
- Cloth diapers
- Breast pumps, pump parts & rentals
- Nursing pillows, apparel & stools
- Natural lotions for moms and babies
- Gifts & toys
To make an appointment or to ask questions call 828-213-1103, or toll free 1-800-572-6664 and ask for the Mission Breastfeeding Center.
2 Medical Park Drive, Suite 201
Asheville, NC 28803
If you have scheduled an appointment with the Breastfeeding Center, download and fill out the Intake Packet and Consent and Authorization form prior to arrival. (Descargar e completar: Centro de Amamantamiento Formulario de Ingreso)