Breastfeeding advice

Breastfeeding is not only the most natural form of infant feeding, but also a precious moment of bonding between mother and child. In our breastfeeding consultation, we support you sensitively, individually and competently so that you feel safe during this special time. We are there for you before, during and after the birth to answer any questions and help you overcome any difficulties.

Your well-being and that of your child are our main focus. At our outpatient clinic in Zurich, we support you on your personal path to ideal nutrition for your baby. Whether you had your baby with us or somewhere else, you can rely on our professional support – for a breastfeeding period tailored to mother and child right from the start.

Our breastfeeding-promoting services as a clinic for obstetrics:

During pregnancy

  • Preparation for breastfeeding, especially in special situations (e.g. breastfeeding multiples, diabetes, nipple discharge, …)
  • Prenatal consultation with a midwife to plan the child’s diet, among other things
  • Prenatal colostrum collection / colostrum banking

At birth

  • Promoting the parents’ first contact with the child
  • Early application
  • Transfer in a bonding sheet to the postnatal ward
  • Bonding with the other parent
  • Priming in premature babies: The premature infant is brought into contact with a cloth diaper that the mother had on her breast to support intestinal colonization.

Postpartum in hospital

  • Instruction in breastfeeding and newborn nutrition by a lactation consultant to complement the expertise of our postnatal staff
  • Support with breastfeeding and getting to know your child
  • Preparing for the time at home
  • Treatment of sore nipples
  • In special situations: Breastfeeding a premature baby, breastfeeding twins / triplets, milk supply during mother-child separation (child in children’s hospital or neonatology)
  • Support with individual breastfeeding preferences (e.g. colostrum breastfeeding, partial breastfeeding, …)
  • Feeding the child with infant formula and weaning if medically indicated or at the parents’ request
  • Further offers: Rental of electric breast pumps, low-level laser therapy as part of a study

In the first months of the child's life

  • Breastfeeding, nutrition and weight development of the child
  • Advice on breastfeeding problems such as milk stasis, breast inflammation (mastitis), milk-stimulating measures for too little milk, …
  • Towards the end of maternity leave and later: breastfeeding and work, switching to complementary foods
  • Weaning

Your advantages at the USZ

  • Specialized, competent team of breastfeeding consultants (IBCLC certificate)
  • If required, close exchange with medical service with IBCLC certification
  • Regular inpatient breastfeeding advice during your stay and direct accessibility
  • Individual response to questions and concerns
  • Outpatient service open to all, regardless of place of birth
  • Outpatient clinic in the heart of Zurich
  • Three outpatient breastfeeding consultations covered by basic insurance

Breastfeeding is not only a natural way to feed babies, but also has numerous health benefits for mother and child:

  • Breastfeeding is healthy and practical. Breast milk is always available and always at the optimum temperature, which makes everyday life much easier for mothers.
  • Breastfeeding strengthens the bond between mother and baby. The hormone oxytocin released during breastfeeding has a stress- and pain-relieving effect, creates harmony and supports the mother-child bond.
  • Breast milk contains all the necessary nutrients for the healthy development of the baby. It also contains a large number of other components. These support various functions, such as immune defense, metabolism, the maturation of organs, the promotion of healthy intestinal flora and the regulation of hunger, satiety and sleep.
  • Breast milk adapts to the needs of the child. The composition of breast milk changes over the course of breastfeeding. In the first few days after birth, it contains particularly high levels of antibodies that protect the newborn. Breast milk is a unique food for the optimal development and health of the baby.

Our breastfeeding consultants

Simone Albert

Lactation Consultant, Department of Obstetrics
Registered Nurse

Tel. +41 44 255 40 08
Specialties: Lactation Consultant IBCLC

Marlise Aziri-Keller

Lactation Consultant

Tel. +41 44 255 40 08
Specialties: Lactation Consultant IBCLC

Daniela Rüttimann

Lactation Consultant, Department of Obstetrics

Tel. +41 44 255 40 08
Specialties: Lactation Consultant IBCLC

Lisa Weingartner

Lactation Consultant, Department of Obstetrics

Tel. +41 44 255 40 08
Specialties: Lactation Consultant IBCLC

Registration for breastfeeding advice

Consultation by appointment.

Tel. +41 44 255 40 08

Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 8.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 16.00.

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