Breastfeeding Help at NOCHS

At NOCH’s Family Birthing Unit (FBU), we believe breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life. We want every mother who chooses to breastfeed to be successful, regardless of where you deliver. Those who do choose to deliver at NOCHS will benefit from our specially trained labor and delivery nurses, who assist mother and baby as they learn their independent roles in breastfeeding. Then, after discharge, breastfeeding support is only a phone call or visit away. If you have any questions, our nursing staff would love to talk with you, call 616-847-5337.

Do you offer breastfeeding classes?

Yes. During pregnancy, we encourage all new mothers to attend our Introduction to Breastfeeding class. It meets the fourth Monday of every month from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Family Birthing Unit. In the class we learn about getting breastfeeding off to a good start. Latch and positioning, when to feed baby, how much is enough and next steps.

What if I’m not delivering my baby at NOCH, can I still attend a class?

Yes, anyone can attend our breastfeeding classing regardless of where you plan to deliver your baby.

Can I bring my partner to class?

Bringing your partner to our Intro to Breastfeeding class is recommended.

Do you offer private consultations?

If your breastfeeding journey includes more complicated issues, both a Lactation Consultant and Lactation Counselors are available to assist you. One-on-one counseling is available varied hours during the week.

What if I need more help on a regular basis?

Our weekly support groups are a great place to ask questions or address concerns, or just meet other breastfeeding mothers. Our support group meets on Mondays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm to accommodate busy schedules. The support group meets in Family Birthing Unit at NOCH and are facilitated by a certified lactation counselor.

What do you charge?

All services/classes are free of charge.

Who teaches the classes/support group?

At NOCH’s FBU we have a variety of certified educators on staff including International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Counselors. All of our FBU RNs receive 20 hours of breastfeeding support education.

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