More and more mothers are breastfeeding
their newborns. We offer Lactation Services to support and
guide you as you and your baby learn this new skill. Here at
Lourdes, we are proud to provide an environment that supports your
desire to breastfeed your baby. Our Lactation Consultant
works closely with the nursing staff so that no matter what time of
the day or night your baby is born, you will receive the best we
have to offer in breastfeeding care. She also works closely
with your OB and Pediatric Healthcare provider should any special
circumstances present for you or your baby.
Laura Walker, RNC, IBCLC is our certified Lactation Consultant
who along with the WCS staff will help you in your efforts to
breastfeed your baby.
- Prenatal breastfeeding class.
- Prenatal breast assessment.
- Prenatal counseling and support.
- In-hospital counseling, support, and hands on assistance.
- Outpatient visits after discharge.
- Telephone counseling.
- Breast pump information, rental, and sales.
The following are common breastfeeding questions and concerns
that we would be happy to address:
- Why should I breastfeed my baby?
- How long should I breastfeed my baby?
- When is the best time to start breastfeeding my baby?
- How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat?
- How long should my baby breastfeed at a feeding?
- Should breastfeeding be painful?
- What can I do about sore nipples?
- Should my baby have a supplement?
- When can I start pumping?
- Where can I rent or buy a breast pump?
Before you leave the hospital, you will be able to:
- Understand how your body makes milk.
- Hand express colostrum from your breast.
- Know your baby's hunger cues.
- Position your baby on each breast and know two different
- Know how to tell if your baby is latched on to your breast
- Hear your baby swallowing during feedings.
- Know how to prevent sore nipples or promote healing if they are
- Know how many times in 24 hours your baby needs to eat.
- Know how many wet diapers and bowel movements your baby will
have in 24 hours by day three.
- Know what to do if your breasts become engorged.
Laura Walker, RNC, IBCLC can be
contacted by calling 607-798-5519.
Information On Breast Pumps
"Expressly for Moms"
The Breast Pump Rental Station at Lourdes
(The Breast Pump Rental Station NOW ACCEPTS Visa and
- A Lactation Consultant will visit you while you are in the
hospital to answer all breastfeeding questions.
- A "Warm Line" for questions that arise after discharge.
- Prenatal visits are welcome.
- A variety of breast pumps and accessories such as nursing bras,
storage bags, and special devices for feeding difficulties. These
include the Medela Spring Express Manual Pump and Mini-Electric
Pump, which runs on batteries or AC adapter, and the Medela Pump in
Style. The Lactina is a rental unit designed for the mother who is
separated from her baby due to lengthy hospitalization or illness.
The Ameda Egnell Purely Yours pump is also now available. Special
orders are welcome.
The Lactation Consultant will demonstrate the use of any pump
purchased as well as answer any questions you may have about
Our goal is to give you the tools necessary to make you
confident in your ability to care for and breastfeed your new