ChristianaCare

Masks required at outpatient locations; visitors and support persons limited

Patients at ChristianaCare’s outpatient services are advised to come to their appointments alone unless a support person is absolutely needed. If a support person is needed, such as a parent, guardian or spokesperson, we highly encourage that the support person be vaccinated. Outpatient practices are not requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test for visitors at this time. All visitors at outpatient locations must be masked in alignment with the masking guidelines on our visitation policy page here.

All hospital visitors required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be 16 or older.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.

Before visiting, click here for more details about visitation.

Visit coronavirus.delaware.gov or cecilcountyhealth.org for local vaccination and testing sites.

All visitors are required to wear masks.

For COVID-19 safety, all visitors to ChristianaCare facilities and services are required to wear masks. This includes visitors who are vaccinated. Please read our visitor guidelines before arrival.

After Delivery

After delivery, you will experience family-centered care that puts your baby at your bedside, 24 hours a day. Your partner or designated support person can stay with you and your baby for as long as you are in the hospital. Visiting hours are flexible, too. Review our visitor guidelines to find out more.

Lactation

Lactation consultant is holding a breast pump

For the good health of babies and their mothers, we encourage new mothers to breastfeed whenever possible, and we offer a support network to make it an easy, enjoyable experience for you and your baby. Breast Milk is the perfect food for your baby as it contains antibodies to protect them from illness, is easily digested and changes alongside the growth of your baby. It is also a fantastic tool in the bonding process.

Our commitment to the highest level of care for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding has earned us a Baby-Friendly™ designation by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative—a global program of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

 

For breastfeeding support, questions or to schedule a consult please call 302-301-3360

Messages will be returned within 24 hours between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For questions outside of these hours, please call your infants pediatrician.

Our Services

Our experienced nurses are ready to help you with any challenges you may have in breastfeeding and we also supply you with a breast milk pumping journal that can help you track the amount of milk you are making for your baby.

The journal includes: tips for building a supply of breast milk, comfort of flange fit while pumping, how to clean the pump as well as the kit parts and storage guidelines supported by ChristianaCare.

Lactation consultants from ChristianaCare can offer hands-on help with breastfeeding problems and are available for appointments at the Breastfeeding Education and Resource Center at Christiana Hospital.

The Breastfeeding Education and Resource Center provides:

  • Education about breastfeeding.
  • Emotional support and encouragement.
  • Advice for handling physical discomforts, such as soreness or tenderness when breastfeeding.
  • Answers about breastfeeding problems or concerns.
  • Tips for breastfeeding multiples (twins, triplets, etc.).
  • Help for mothers with babies in special care.
  • Breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies and rentals available at our Breastfeeding Resource Center.

Peer counselors for WIC-eligible moms

WIC peer counselors are mothers who have breastfed their own babies. They educate and connect with new moms and mothers-to-be, helping them to become more confident and comfortable with learning to breastfeed.

WIC peer counselors can also offer:

  • Tips for how to breastfeed comfortable and discreetly, even in public.
  • Ways to stay close to your baby through breastfeeding, even after you return to work or school.
  • Ideas for getting support from family and friends.
  • Advice for helping your body to make plenty of breast milk for your baby.

To learn more about WIC peer counselors, call 302-733-4151.

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