Breastfeeding is normal and natural, but it’s not always easy. When you and your baby are learning to breastfeed, information and support can be the difference between success and frustration.
All three of our birth center locations offer breastfeeding classes for expectant mothers and their partners. If you’re considering breastfeeding, we highly recommend taking a class at least one month before your expected due date.
Breastfeeding at the Hospital
All of our Birth Center staff nurses are trained in lactation. They will help you and your baby initiate breastfeeding and will provide you with tips to help facilitate proper positioning and breastfeeding success.
We also have international board-certified lactation consultants on staff. Our lactation consultants will assist with feedings, monitor the infant’s progress and provide breastfeeding support. Staff will also assess the feeding plan of care, taking into consideration your desired feeding plan, your health and your baby’s health.
If pumping is recommended for some reason (premature babies, for instance, are sometimes too weak to effectively breastfeed), staff will initiate it by providing a hospital grade breast pump for use during your hospital stay. It’s not necessary to bring a breast pump to the Birth Center when you deliver. However, if desired, you may bring in your personal breast pump for assistance in learning how to set it up during the hospital stay.
The Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital Birth Center offers breast pumps for rent or purchase. The Froedtert Hospital and Froedtert West Bend Hospital birth centers can provide guidance on the pump you need and a list of the local rental resources.
Most insurance companies cover part or all of the rental cost or purchase of a breast pump. We recommend contacting your insurance company for further information. If you need to use a breast pump while in the hospital, there are breast pumps available for your use.
Download our breastfeeding booklet for handy guides, helpful images and answers to your breastfeeding questions on the following topics.
- Importance of breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding myths
- Learning to breastfeed
- Breastfeeding positions ("holds") and latching
- What to expect in the first few days of breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding challenges
- Breast Pumping
Breastfeeding At-Home Support
It’s not uncommon to encounter breastfeeding challenges in the first few days or weeks at home. Our lactation consultants are available to you, even after discharge.