Women's Health Institute/Birthing Center/Lactation Support Program
Lactation Support Program
How you feed your baby is one of the most personal choices you will make when your newborn arrives. Whether you choose to bottle or breastfeed, we support your choice. In recent years, research has revealed many advantages to breastfeeding for the mother, infant, family and society. Much of the research points to improved health and nutrition, disease prevention, brain development and psychological, social, economic and environmental advantages. Because many mothers want to breastfeed, but find it challenging, St. Joseph offers a Lactation Support Program. The program helps families better understand infant nursing patterns, proper feeding techniques, problem solving and normal growth and maturation patterns specific to breastfeeding. If you have questions or concerns regarding breastfeeding, you may request a private consultation from the Lactation Support Program. There is no charge for this service. Here are some indications you may need a lactation consultation.
- Infant not nursing well within 24 hours
- Neonatal intensive care infant
- Infant with oral/facial anomalies
- Multiple births
- Infant requiring supplementation for medical reasons
- Infant not gaining weight
- History of breast surgery
- History of unsuccessful breast-feeding
- Maternal illness or disease
- Flat or inverted nipples
- Nipple trauma from nursing
- Excessive blood loss during delivery
Open to patients delivering at the Birthing Center, New moms gather each Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to conquer their challenges in breast feeding.
For more information about our Lactation Support Program, please contact our lactation consultant at 816-943-2027.