Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding

Questions about breastfeeding baby?
(260) 919-3373

Breastfeeding Mothers' Support Group

The Birthplace's certified lactation counselor has advanced training in breastfeeding and provides counseling, education and support to moms before and after baby is born.

Support Services

  • Visits during the hospital stay
  • Outpatient visits by appointment
  • Telephone consultations
  • Weekly support group
  • Educational and resource information

Counseling and Education

  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Starting early skin-to-skin contact/baby-led feeding
  • Positioning and latch
  • Maintaining a good milk supply
  • How milk transfers to baby
  • Hand expression of breast milk and use of a breast pump
  • Special concerns
    • Twins or triplets
    • Engorgement
    • Weaning
    • Working moms

Breastfeeding Support Continues Once Home
Even after you and baby settle in at home, you may still have questions or concerns about breastfeeding. Call the lactation counselor at (260) 919-3373 if:

  • Baby has fewer than 6 wet diapers in 24 hours (from the 4th day on)
  • Baby has fewer than 3 yellow seedy stools in 24 hours (from the 4th day on)
  • Your milk is in, but you don't hear gulping when baby breastfeeds
  • Your nipples are painful throughout the feeding
  • Baby routinely breastfeeds less than 8 times in 24 hours or you're worried baby is not getting enough (from 3-4 days on)
  • Your breasts don't feel full by 4-5 days
  • Baby hasn't regained birth weight by 10 days to 2 weeks (1/2 ounce per day or at least 4 ounces per week)
  • You have any medication-related questions
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