- Mercy Women and Infants' Center Overview
- Choosing a Mercy Hospital
- Mercy West Lakes
- Birthing Unit
- Mother/Baby Unit
- Getting Ready for Baby
- Childbirth Education Classes and Tours
- Mercy Lactation Consultants & Information
- Little Miracles Lactation Boutique
- Pregnancy Health Center
- Patient Stories
- Special-care Services
- Web Nursery
- Maternity Triage and Treatment Unit
- Perinatal Center of Iowa
- Variety Club Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Mercy Stork Affair
- Women & Infants' Center Virtual Tour
Q. Is there anything I can do while I am still pregnant to get ready to breastfeed?
A. We strongly suggest you enroll in our prenatal breastfeeding class (Breastfeeding Essentials) and bring your birthing partner. Having a knowledgeable support person will make it easier for you if you have questions or difficulties later.
Buy a good book on breastfeeding. La Leche League’s "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" contains timeless information. Amy Spangler’s "Breastfeeding, Keep It Simple" is short, concise and also very informative.
Special nipple preparation is unnecessary. A very small percentage of women have inverted nipples. Ask your physician if you suspect that is the case. Visit with the Mercy breastfeeding class instructor or call the lactation consultants to see if they have any additional information that would make it easier for you to help get your baby latched on correctly.
Q. Do I need a breast pump before I deliver my baby? How do I know what kind I need?
A. You do not need a pump when you come to the hospital. Frequent breastfeeding in the hospital will help you and your baby learn how it works. Most mothers do not need a pump until the baby is several weeks old, when they start pumping to offer baby an occasional bottle.
The type of pump you choose will depend on how often you need to pump. If you work outside the home full-time, a double electric pump would make it easier to collect milk for your baby. A variety of breast pumps are available for sale or rental through the Little Miracles Lactation Boutique.
Q. My sister has a Pump In Style she only used for a few months. Can I use that?
A. Medela does not recommend you use a pre-owned Pump In Style. Viruses and bacteria can be present in breast milk, enter the pump and possibly contaminate the next user’s milk. The internal diaphragm in the Pump In Style cannot be sterilized. Using a new kit or tubing does not eliminate the risk. For more information, please visit Medela's website at www.medela.com.