Lactation Center

Research shows that breastfeeding is best for your baby, for long-term good health and for bonding.

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Breastfeeding FAQs

We’ve tried to include the most commonly asked questions – and the answers – in this section. Feel free to contact us if you still have questions!

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Meet Our Lactation Team

EAMC has specially trained nurses on staff who are Board Certified (IBCLC) Lactation consultants and RNs who are certified in Lactation Support.

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Lactation Center


Research shows that breastfeeding is best for your baby, for long-term good health and for bonding. Our lactation team can help you get started with breastfeeding to ensure good nutrition for your baby.

Lactation Center


Lactation Center

Studies show many advantages to breastfeeding, both to the mother and the baby. In fact, it is the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. While breastfeeding is natural it is not always easy at the start.

That is why EAMC has specially trained nurses on staff who are Board Certified (IBCLC) Lactation consultants and RNs who are certified in Lactation Support. Even after you go home, the Lactation Center staff is available through the lactation support service, which includes inpatient consults, outpatient follow-ups, breastfeeding education class, a breastfeeding support group, and a retail expertise to help you choose the products best suited for you and your new baby.

For more information, call 334-528-3709 and ask to speak with a lactation consultant, or click here to view the brochure.

The Lactation Team have so many tips and tricks to make breastfeeding easier on both you and your baby.

Breastfeeding FAQs


We’ve tried to include the most commonly asked questions – and the answers – in this section. Feel free to contact us if you still have questions!

Breastfeeding as soon as possible - preferably within an hour after birth - will get you and your baby off to a good start. Immediately after birth, your baby will be in a quiet alert state and be generally receptive to breastfeeding. In addition to establishing a good milk supply, early breastfeeding allows your baby to receive the benefits of colostrum. Rich in nutrients and antibodies, colostrum is the first milk you produce and is your baby’s perfect starter food.
Many, but not all, mothers experience a tingling or rushing sensation in the breasts as milk ejection, or "let down" occurs. Other mothers may notice only that suckling becomes longer and slower and that baby begins to swallow rhythmically. In either case, relaxation and confidence are key that your body can do exactly what it was designed to do - produce the perfect milk for your baby.
Onset of nipple soreness can be due to a number of things. Poor positioning and latch, not breaking the suction properly, and infrequently changed nursing pads can attribute to soreness. Taking time to latch baby on properly, maintaining good positioning, and good breast care can help to prevent soreness. If soreness continues after the first week, please call your lactation consultant at 528-3709.
Plugged milk ducts feel like a marble under the skin of your breast or areola. They are best treated with hot compresses before nursing, breast massage during feeding, and cold compresses after nursing. Make sure you are not wearing a bra that is too tight or a bra that has an underwire blocking your milk ducts. If the problem persists, call your lactation consultant at 528-3709.
Even after you go home, the Lactation Center staff is available through the lactation support service, which includes inpatient consults, outpatient follow-ups, breastfeeding education class, a breastfeeding support group, and a retail expertise to help you choose the products best suited for you and your new baby.
Breastfeeding is normal and healthy for infants and moms. Breast milk has dis¬ease-fighting cells called antibodies that help protect infants from germs, illness, and even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of various health problems for babies, including:
  • Ear infections
  • Stomach viruses
  • Respiratory infections
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Childhood leukemia
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis, a gastroin¬testinal disease in preterm infants

In moms, breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpar¬tum depression. Infant formula cannot match the exact chemical makeup of human milk, especially the cells, hor¬mones, and antibodies that fight dis¬ease. For most babies, breast milk is eas¬ier to digest than formula. It takes time for their stomachs to adjust to digesting proteins in formula because they are made from cow's milk.

Meet Our Lactation Team


EAMC has specially trained nurses on staff who are Board Certified (IBCLC) Lactation consultants and RNs who are certified in Lactation Support.

Meet the Lactation Team


Cheryl Adams

BSN, RN, ICCE, IBCLC

Cheryl is a maternal/child nurse with more than 25 years’ experience. For 10 years, she has been a board-certified lactation consultant. In addition, she has a wealth of knowledge about retail lactation products and parent education. For her, no question is too small and no problem is too big!

Angela Hamby

BSN, RN, IBCLC

Angela has more than 25 years’ experience in working with new moms and is the mother of 6 children. She is also a board-certified lactation consultant. Her knowledge and experience will help you and your baby get off to a good start.

Laura Bell

BSN, RN, CBE

Laura is an experienced maternal/child nurse with certification in lactation. She is also on staff in the nursery and cares for both well and sick newborns.

Sarah Webster

RN, CBS

Sarah is on staff in the Mother-Baby Unit and works in the Lactation Center. She has completed her certification course in lactation and now qualifies to take the board exam.

Do you need more information?

We tried to include information about every facet of pregnancy and childbirth at EAMC on our web site, but if you still have questions, please feel free to contact us and we will respond within 48 hours.