At Missouri Baptist
, we take pride in our comprehensive breastfeeding
and lactation consultation services that help new mothers successfully breastfeed their infants both in the hospital and from home (by phone). Our lactation staff includes expert International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) specialists. IBCLC specialists make regular rounds in the Childbirth Center
. Lactation consultants also are part of the hospital’s obstetrics management team. We are extremely committed to breastfeeding education and support, and boast an 90 percent breastfeeding initiation rate – among the highest in the region.
Prenatal breastfeeding classes
are available at Missouri Baptist. However, some expectant mothers may desire, or benefit, from a private, individualized lactation evaluation and consultation. These private consultations are available for a nominal fee. For more information, please call our Lactation Services at (314) 996-5747.
Breastfeeding Your Baby During Your Stay
For our mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies, we strongly support their efforts and encourage them to begin breastfeeding as soon as possible after delivery. All mothers choosing to breastfeed will have the opportunity to consult with one of our IBCLC specialists. However, all of our nurses are well-trained to assist our mothers with feedings. Additionally, our Childbirth Center includes a Lactation Lounge, where mothers with newborns in the Special Care / NICU Level IIIA
can pump breast milk for their babies.
Breastfeeding Your Baby at Home
Oftentimes, in the weeks following delivery, a new mother may notice some dramatic changes in her breasts and her baby’s feeding behavior. Some mothers may find that speaking to a lactation consultant will help them overcome certain challenges while breastfeeding at home
. Furthermore, all mothers are encouraged to call with questions or concerns. To speak with an IBCLC lactation specialist, please call Lactation Services at (314) 996-5747, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.