Breastfeeding Services

The Family Birthplace of Memorial Medical Center supports and encourages breastfeeding. All nurses are trained to assist you with breastfeeding in the hospital. In addition, an International Board Certified Lactation consultant (IBCLC) is available prenatally, after delivery to assist you 1:1 and support breastfeeding success.

How we support breastfeeding:

Skin-to-Skin Contact
The Family Birthplace supports skin-to-skin contact in which your baby is placed belly-down, directly on your chest, right after he or she is born. This is the best start to breastfeeding, as skin-to-skin babies’ breastfeed better and keep breastfeeding longer. Click here for more information.

The Golden Hour

Family Birthplace refers to the first hour after birth as the “Golden Hour”. Your baby is placed skin-to-skin on your chest, and your healthcare team will care for the two of you as your baby transitions to life outside of the womb. It is a special time for you and your partner to bond with your new little one. Family Birthplace recommends that you preserve this special time of bonding by limiting visitors for this first hour. Learn more about the Golden Hour here.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

When it comes to breastfeeding, there are many benefits for both mother and baby.

Breastfeeding has been shown to have multiple benefits for moms and babies. Breast milk provides the perfect infant nutrition and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the “normative way to feed your infant.” Babies who are fed breast milk have less risk of diabetes, childhood cancers, and obesity. Recent studies show that women who breastfeed have decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, anemia, and osteoporosis, and suggest that children who were fed breast milk have a higher IQ. In addition, breastfeeding also conveys emotional benefits to mothers and babies.

Breastfeeding also:

  • offers a free, convenient supply of infant nourishment;
  • may afford infants protection from some of the effects of pollution; and
  • uses none of the tin, paper, plastic or energy necessary for packing and transporting formula.

The Family Birthplace supports Baby-Friendly initiatives. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program that is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF that recognizes hospitals for their commitment to optimal infant nutrition.   The Family Birthplace is giving mothers the information, confidence, and skills that are need to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding safely.

Breastfeeding Class:

Our Childbirth Education offers a complimentary Breastfeeding Basics class that covers the advantages of breastfeeding, getting off to a good start in the hospital, techniques that work, positions that are comfortable, signs of adequate infant intake, returning to work, collection and storage of breast milk, and correct use of pumping equipment. See upcoming dates here.

Support Groups:

After you leave the hospital, the following lactation resources are available to you:

Breastfeeding Support Group “Mama to Mama” No registration is required, open to the public and no fee. Meetings are at 11:00 am.

Breastfeeding Support Line: Support is just a phone call away. Please call 715-685-5338 if you need additional information or assistance with breastfeeding.

Outpatient Lactation Consultants are available by appointment and need to be ordered by your physician. These consultations may be covered by your insurance company. Please contact your insurance provider prior to making your first appointment to determine your benefit. To make an appointment, please call 715-685-5338

Breastfeeding Resources:

Breast Pumps: Please be advised that The Family Birthplace does not rent or sell breast pumps. Prior to delivery, check with your insurance company to determine your benefit. If your insurance covers a breast pump we will have your physician complete an order and our nursing team can have it ready before discharge home. We will assist you in making the process as easy and as hassle-free as possible.

Here is a listing of other website resources we find helpful for new moms:

American Academy of Pediatrics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Healthy Children
International Lactation Consultant Association
La Leche League International
National Breastfeeding Helpline 1-800-994-9662
Zip Milk: Locate a Lactation Consultation in Your Area