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Breastfeeding services at Beacon Health System

Breastfeeding Services

Breastfeeding is the most nutritious option for your baby, but it’s normal to need a little help learning this new skill. That’s why our Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) at Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital help women navigate the world of breastfeeding.

Lactation consultants

Our lactation consultants and nursing staff provide education and support while teaching a variety of skills such as positioning and latching. Lactation consultants are available in the hospital seven days a week for inpatients. Additionally, they can continue to help even after you leave the hospital via follow-up phone consultations or outpatient office appointments.

Immediately after delivery, your baby will be placed skin-to-skin on your chest and will remain there until the first feeding is accomplished. During your stay, our lactation consultants and nurses will provide individualized instruction to make breastfeeding a successful and rewarding experience.

We also offer additional services including pump rentals, supplies for purchase and free prenatal breastfeeding classes.

Breastfeeding support groups

Mothers from across Beacon Health System, including Bremen Hospital, are invited to attend breastfeeding support groups at the hospital most convenient to them. We are following the recommended COVID-19 guidelines, so please remember to practice social distancing and wear a mask. No siblings are permitted.

Elkhart General Hospital

Motherhood and More is Elkhart General Hospital’s breastfeeding clinic and support group. This is available for mothers to share their breastfeeding experiences with others. We meet every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elkhart Health and Aquatics Center, located at 200 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart IN, 46514. 

Contact us at (574) 389-4886 with any questions.

For a complete list of classes and services offered at Elkhart General Hospital, visit our page.

Memorial Hospital of South Bend

Nursing Nook is Memorial Hospital’s breastfeeding support group and weight check clinic for new moms. We meet on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We address any breastfeeding needs at this time. If more time is needed to assist you with breastfeeding, we will work with you to schedule a one-on-one visit, ideally after the weight check clinic. We meet at the Leighton Center, located at 534 North Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601. Please enter from the doors on the south side where a lactation consultant will greet you.

Contact us at (574) 647-3475 with any questions.

For a complete list of classes and services offered at Memorial Hospital, visit our childbirth classes page.

More resources

For other feeding concerns or questions, please contact your baby’s healthcare provider. For guidance on breastfeeding, life after delivery and more, download our helpful guide!