Our goal is to support families in meeting their early breastfeeding needs. Because of the many benefits of breastfeeding for infants and mothers, we provide a comprehensive service including prenatal breastfeeding classes, inpatient lactation consults, and outpatient breastfeeding consultations.
RN staff and lactation consultants provide support and education while respecting and meeting the needs of each individual family. Our lactation consultants are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), and are available seven days a week (except holidays).
We offer a two-hour breastfeeding class to be completed before the birth of your baby. This class is designed to offer you encouragement, information, and to help you prepare for the first few weeks of breastfeeding at home.
- Benefits of breastfeeding
- Proper positioning of your baby
- Nipple care
- How to pump and store milk
- Family involvement
- Nutrition for mom
- Support and access to resources
- How to make sure the baby is feeding well
- Signs of hunger in your baby
- Certain challenges of breastfeeding
- Caring for yourself and baby while breastfeeding
- Techniques for pumping and weaning
This class is offered twice per month at the Ellen Thompson Women’s Health Center. We strongly encourage you to bring your support person with you to class. For class registration, check “classes and events” at www.stjoeshealth.org.
Lactation Services in the Hospital
Our nurses and lactation consultants are available daily to assist you and your baby to learn to breastfeed. Private breastfeeding classes can be offered by request. Lactation consultants can also assist mothers who may have a premature baby or a baby that may have special medical needs, to establish and maintain breastfeeding.
Outpatient Lactation Services
If you find that you need further assistance with breastfeeding after you leave the hospital, we offer and outpatient breastfeeding clinic. This clinic is staffed by lactation consultants, available by appointment, to assist you with any breastfeeding concerns. Although there is a fee for this service, some insurance may cover this cost. An itemized bill will be provided that you may submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Frequently Asked Questions >>
We never want you to feel alone as you undertake breastfeeding your baby. Here are some helpful resources for you.
- To speak with a lactation consultant, or to make and appointment for the St. Joseph Mercy Breastfeeding Clinic please call 734-712-6357.
- La Leche League 1-800-LaLeche or 1-800-525-3243 (breastfeeding support group)
La Leche League of Ann Arbor 734-332-9080