Before baby arrives, expectant mothers can learn the advantages of breastfeeding and strategies for a successful breastfeeding journey.
Topics: In this class, our certified lactation consultant addresses:
- Proper positioning and common latching concerns
- How to tell if baby is getting enough milk
- Ways to overcome breastfeeding obstacles after returning to work
Sessions: This 1-night class meets on weeknights. Please call (217) 223-8400, ext. 5901 for current class times.
Details: We encourage moms and their partners to attend this class.
Breastfeeding Support Groups
Our skilled lactation consultant leads a Blessing Hospital-sponsored support group for breastfeeding mothers to share support and insight.
Topics: At our informal weekly meeting, nursing mothers gather to get help with breastfeeding challenges and network with other nursing moms. We welcome mothers and their children to come anytime during the 2-hour time frame. We provide scales so you can weigh your infant.
Sessions and location: This support group meets in the OB classroom, located on the Maternity Unit, 4th floor of Blessing Hospital at 11th Street. Women can choose from 2 meeting times:
- Mornings: Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
- Evenings: Every Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Details: We encourage mothers to bring their own snacks and beverages.
Online: We also offer a Facebook group for local moms who breastfeed.
1-on-1 Breastfeeding Guidance
Blessing’s full-time lactation consultant offers 1-on-1 guidance to help new moms in their breastfeeding efforts. We offer customized breastfeeding support:
At the hospital: After baby arrives, our lactation consultant checks on new moms every day. By answering questions or helping position your baby, she spends as much time as you need to help you reach your individual breastfeeding goals.
After discharge: For moms who seek a more personal approach to breastfeeding support after leaving the hospital, our lactation consultant meets individually with new moms. Call to make an appointment or just walk in, and our maternity care team will do everything we can to support you in your breastfeeding efforts.
For more information on breastfeeding support services, please call the lactation consultant at Blessed Beginning at (217) 223-8400, ext. 8405.
To learn more about Blessing’s maternity care services, please call (217) 223-8400, ext. 8400.