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 and Memorial Hospital are here to help women navigate through the world of breastfeeding.
Our lactation consultants and nursing staff offer education and support while teaching a variety of skills such as positioning and latching.
Once baby has arrived, your baby will be placed skin-to-skin on your chest immediately after delivery 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.
Lactation consultants are available seven days a week for inpatients, and we can continue to provide help even after you leave the hospital via follow-up phone consultations or outpatient office appointments.
We also offer additional services including pump rentals, supplies for purchase and free prenatal breastfeeding classes.
Breastfeeding Support Groups
At Elkhart General, The Motherhood Connection is available for mothers to share their breastfeeding experiences with others.
At Memorial, The Nursing Nook is a breastfeeding support group that meets Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Beacon Medical Group Midwifery Centered Care, 621 Memorial Drive, Suite 403. New mothers and their babies find support from other moms and learn from lactation consultants in a relaxed environment.
Free parking is available in the Lafayette Parking Garage. Enter building through 4th floor Centennial Medical Square entrance. For more information, call Breastfeeding Support Services at 574.647.3475.