Your decision to breastfeed is a healthy, rewarding beginning for you and your baby. Every mother has a different experience with breastfeeding—some find it very natural and easy, others may go through an adjustment period. The experts at The Christ Hospital Health Network are here to support you through the breastfeeding process so both you, and your newborn, have a successful experience.
You may not be thinking about breastfeeding yet, but it is best to prepare while you are still pregnant. The Christ Hospital offers breastfeeding classes to our expectant moms. For $15, you can learn about baby positioning, latch-on techniques, bonding, father involvement, guidance for working mothers, trouble-shooting and pumping techniques. Both parents are encouraged to attend.
Inpatient breastfeeding consultation
As a patient in one of our birthing centers, you'll be visited by one of our International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants. They are available to assist you with any breastfeeding issues you have during your hospital stay and discuss with you any concerns or questions you may have.
Outpatient breastfeeding support
Once you've gone home, you may have more questions or concerns about how your breastfeeding is progressing. Our consultants are available to answer your questions over the phone, or if you need a little more help, you can schedule an outpatient appointment with one of our lactation consultants. The cost of an outpatient lactation appointment is $145, which is covered by Medicaid and many HMOs with a physician's referral. Appointments are available 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays and Sundays as needed. After you go home, telephone support is available by calling 513-585-0597 (Mt. Auburn) , 513-648-7671 (Liberty) or by e-mailing lactation@TheChristHospital.com.
The Christ Hospital hosts a community support group called Baby Café which offers pregnant and breastfeeding moms the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns they may have with other moms or moms-to-be . The group is led by an International Board-Certified Lactation consultant who specializes in feeding infants. Find out more about Baby Café, including days, times and locations of meetings.
Breastfeeding can often seem like a 24 hour a day process. Ninety percent of breastfeeding moms use a breast pump and The Christ Hospital Health Network makes it easier for you to do this by offer breast pump rentals and sales in our Expressions & More breastfeeding supply store on the 9th floor South in our postpartum unit of the hospital. We also offer apparel and a variety of breast care products for breastfeeding moms. Check out our Expressions breastfeeding supply store.
Additional breastfeeding support
Download a free comprehensive resource guide or request it by calling 513-585-0597. Printed copies are available through your nurse or lactation consultant.