As more women become aware of breast milk's many unique qualities, more are choosing to breastfeed their babies. Although breastfeeding is the "natural" way to feed a baby, it is a skill that the new mother and baby learn in the first days and weeks after birth. To assist in this learning process, Breastfeeding Support Services offer families the expertise of lactation consultants in a variety of settings:
Our 2.5 hour class is offered frequently at our Providence and East Greenwich locations. This class covers the benefits of breastfeeding, proper positioning and attachment, feeding frequency and duration, signs of adequate breast milk intake, avoiding and managing common problems, and supplementing and weaning issues. To register, call (401) 276-7800 or register online.
Inpatient Lactation Consultation and Breastfeeding Support
Certified lactation consultants are available during your hospital stay to provide support for those families who are experiencing breastfeeding difficulties. Speak with your nurse to arrange a visit with a lactation consultant.
Outpatient Lactation Consultation
Families having difficulty with breastfeeding after they go home may return to Women & Infants to meet privately with a lactation consultant. Appointments are made through the Warm Line at 1-800-711-7011. There is a charge for the visit, however, some medical insurers will cover the cost of the visit.
Breastfeeding Support Group
In order to provide additional help once breastfeeding moms go home after delivery, Women & Infants offers a weekly Breastfeeding Support Group. The group meets on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Malcolm and Elizabeth Chace Education Center, South Pavilion, Women & Infants Hospital, 101 Dudley Street, Providence. Please bring your baby's birth date, birth weight and weight at discharge.
Warm Line Support 1-800-711-7011
Staffed by nurses and lactation consultants, the Warm Line is here to answer questions and concerns you may have regarding you and your baby.
Warm Line hours of operations: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nursing Moms, Etc.: A Specialty Shop for Breastfeeding Mothers
Nursing Moms, Etc. offers both supplies and gifts to meet the needs of breastfeeding mothers and their infants. Located on the first floor of the hospital, Nursing Moms, Etc., has Medela and Ameda breast pumps for rental or purchase as well as a wide range of new mom and newborn supplies. To reach the store call (401) 453-7940 or (401) 274-1122, ext. 41749, or stop by before or during your hospital stay. Nursing Moms, Etc. is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.