The staff at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center recognizes the importance of breastfeeding for both mom and baby. Our Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and nurses support whatever the patient’s breastfeeding goal is. To do this, all nurses on Women and Infant Services unit have been trained in breastfeeding care. IBCLC’s are on staff, 6 days a week, dedicated fully to caring for breastfeeding moms and babies.
Memorial Hospital lactation consultants offer the following services:
Before Baby Comes...
Education is the best way to prepare for a new baby. While it is not necessary, it is encouraged for expecting moms planning to breastfeed to take the Breastfeeding: Getting Started Class taught by lactation consultants every other month. This class is free to those delivering at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. It is also a good idea to take the class if a mom is undecided on her feeding intentions for her baby. Our consultants offer to all moms an Early in Pregnancy Class every other month that reviews how to have a healthy pregnancy, identifying baby behaviors and cues, and learning how to adjust after baby is born.
Patients can register for these classes at www.mhhcc.org under classes and events or call 812-996-2399.
While in the hospital...
Our staff is dedicated in assisting mothers with breastfeeding. Patients will get the opportunity to see a lactation consultant as well. They will talk about the importance of frequent feeding, rooming in, and skin to skin with your baby. They will educate you, answer any of your questions, and address any concerns you may have about your baby or breastfeeding.
Once you get home...
Lactation consultants are dedicated to not only assisting patients here in the hospital, but also available for outpatient consults as well. If any problems should arise with breastfeeding, our consultants work closely with your physician to reach the best possible outcome for both mom and baby.
Monthly Check-In Time
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center offers the opportunity for breastfeeding women, as well as expecting mothers, the opportunity to come in and speak to our certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) on a regular basis. While moms are always welcome to call our lactation consultants at any time for help, this monthly “Check-In Time” specifically addresses important transitions in a breastfeeding mom’s life, such as pumping, going back to work, and feeding an older baby. It is also a great opportunity for moms to meet other moms for that much needed mom-to-mom support.
Women are welcomed a this time to:
- Bring their baby for weight checks.
- Bring their pump for set up questions or pressure checks.
- Schedule an in-depth consult with our consultants.
Check-In Time is the first Wednesday of every month from 5:00 – 6:00pm in Board Conference Room BC located in the lower level of the hospital (next to the cafeteria). No registration is required for this free service.
If you have any questions, please contact our lactation consultants in Women and Infant Services at 812-996-0383.