Breastfeeding

Good For Babies - Great For Moms 

Lakeland encourages you to give your baby the healthiest start possible by breastfeeding

Benefits for new moms:

  • Reduces post-delivery blood loss
  • Helps with quicker post-delivery weight loss
  • Provides a source of nutrition that is quick, easy, and cost-effective
  • Enhances bond between mother and child
  • Lowers risk of ovarian and breast cancers
  • Reduces the risk of osteoporosis-linked hip fractures later in life

Benefits for baby:

  • Helps baby fight illnesses
  • Babies digest breast milk better than formula
  • Enhances brain and thought development

The Breastfeeding Boutique

The Breastfeeding Boutique at the Center for Outpatient Services, St. Joseph carries a full line of Medela® products to further assist moms who are breastfeeding. The boutique is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Free services include:

  • Private consultations with a breastfeeding counselor by appointment
  • Baby weight assessment checks to confirm adequate input (feeding)
  • Custom fittings to ensure the proper nursing bra fit
  • Product delivery to moms at Lakeland’s Niles and St. Joseph hospitals; For same day delivery, call (269) 556-2808 by 10:00 a.m.

Free Breastfeeding Counseling

If things don’t go as planned when you begin breastfeeding your newborn, our certified breastfeeding experts can offer help during this special time with your baby. Only a minor change may be needed to create a positive and successful breastfeeding routine. For more information or to schedule a free appointment, call (269) 927-5355

Free Breastfeeding Support Group

Led by Certified Lactation Consultant Denise Lenardson, RN, this support group provides a forum for breastfeeding women to gain confidence, support, and guidance. A scale for weighing babies will also be available during the meetings.

Every Wednesday (except holidays)
11:00 a.m. to noon

Center for Outpatient Services, St. Joseph
Pharmacy Conference Room

Preregistration is not required; walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (269) 927-5355

Breastfeeding Classes for Moms and Dads

Lakeland offers ongoing monthly breastfeeding classes in Niles and St. Joseph. The classes cover breastfeeding basics including:

  • The benefits of breastfeeding
  • How to know when your baby is hungry
  • Proper latch-on methods
  • Checking your baby’s input (feeding) and output (dirty or wet diapers)
  • How to prepare for returning to work
  • Weaning

For more information or to register, call (269) 927-5355

Breast Pump Rentals

Renting a breast pump is a nice option for new mothers who want to see if breastfeeding will work for them before committing to a large purchase. It may also help those who cannot afford to buy a new breast pump – with breast pump rental you pay as you go. Powerful, hospital-grade breast pumps are also good for new mothers who are pumping to establish a milk supply, such as moms of NICU babies.

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