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Published on June 11, 2015

Community Hospital offers free Breastfeeding Success classes


Contact: Monica Sciuto (831) 622-2756

Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505

MONTEREY, Calif. — Soon-to-be moms can give their babies a healthy start through a class offered by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Breastfeeding Success, once offered at a cost of $25, is now provided for free by the Family Birth Center staff at Community Hospital. The 2.5-hour class, taught by one of Community Hospital’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultant nurses, is offered several times a month and covers prenatal preparation, nutrition, problem prevention, and strategies for success. Support persons of the mothers are encouraged to attend.  

Community Hospital is a committed supporter of promoting and protecting the breastfeeding relationship in the Monterey area. In 2014, Community Hospital ranked in the top 10 out of 251 California delivery hospitals for successful breastfeeding efforts, according to a report by the California WIC Association and UC Davis Human Lactation Center.

“We want to do everything we can to support our new mothers in fulfilling their goal of a happy and healthy start to their baby’s life,” says Catherine Powers, RN, director of Community Hospital’s Family Birth Center. “By providing these free classes, more mothers in the Monterey area will learn the benefits and ease of breastfeeding, and consider it as an option.”

Community Hospital’s commitment to breastfeeding is also recognized through its designation as a Baby-Friendly™ birth facility, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The designation is awarded to birth centers that offer breastfeeding mothers information and support to gain the skills and confidence needed to initiate and breastfeed successfully. Community Hospital was one of the first 50 Baby-Friendly™ hospitals in the nation when it first received the designation in 2003.

Research has shown:

  • Breastfeeding decreases the risk of infections and illnesses, including diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia in infants.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma.
  • Children who are breastfed for at least six months have a decreased incidence of obesity.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
  • Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

In addition to the Breastfeeding Success class, the Family Birth Center offers an array of support for expectant and new mothers who wish to breastfeed. All nurses at the Family Birth Center are trained and able to support new mothers and babies with breastfeeding and bonding. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, credentialed breastfeeding professionals with the highest level of knowledge and skill in breastfeeding support, are also available support to families as needed. In addition, they provide hands-on training and consultations to those delivering their babies at Community Hospital. For information about the classes and services, go to or call 625-4987.


“We are proud to offer our expecting new parents the support they need to have the healthiest and happiest beginning for their babies,” says Powers.





Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at


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