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For mothers who deliver at Mercy and have decided to breastfeed their child, lactation and breastfeeding consultants will be made available to you following the birth of your child. Mercy’s trained lactation experts can answer any questions you may have regarding breastfeeding your child and balancing breastfeeding and work.
What to expect at a lactation and breastfeeding consultation
Mercy’s lactation consultants are done in the privacy and comfort of your delivery suite and will consist of:
- One female consultant will enter your suite after you have indicated that you desire to have a breastfeeding consultant following your delivery
- During this time you may ask the consultant any questions you or your partner may have regarding feeding
- After this initial feeding, the consultant will let you and your new family be alone so that you and your baby can connect, recover from the challenges of labor and bond.
Once you have been moved from your delivery suite to the Mother/Baby recovery suite, the lactation consultants and nursing staff will be available for the duration of your stay. All nurses on the recovery floor have training in breastfeeding and should be able to help with routine questions of concerns if a lactation consultant is not available. Should a larger issue become present, our nursing staff will coordinate an additional lactation consultation before you go home.
Commitment to excellence in breastfeeding education
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners recently recognized Mercy as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) Care Award Hospital. Mercy is one of fewer than 200 hospitals nationwide to earn this special designation.
To speak with one of Mercy's IBCLC certified lactation consultants, simply call (515) 358-2082.
Breastfeeding classes and support
Mercy offers a breastfeeding support group called Breastfeeding: Mommy & Me. This session occurs the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. – noon in the East Tower Conference Center, located on Level A of the East Tower.
To register for Breastfeeding: Mommy & Me, simply complete our easy-to-use online class scheduler, or, contact Mercy Nurse at (515) 243-2584.