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Lactation Services

Through breast-feeding, you can give babies the ideal food while reducing their risk of developing a number of infections and other conditions. Breast-feeding can also help you bond with your baby, recover from the stress of pregnancy and much more. That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics identifies breast-feeding as the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants.

Expectant mothers have many questions about breast-feeding their new babies; after all, breast-feeding is a learned skill. 

Breast-feeding benefits you and your baby in many ways, physically as well as emotionally. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast-feeding for the first year of a baby's life.

Our class covers:

  • Health benefits of breast-feeding
  • Body changes during breast-feeding
  • How to breast-feed
  • Common breast-feeding problems and their remedies
  • Use of breast pumps
  • Breast milk storage
  • Continuing breast-feeding while working outside the home

This class is recommended during the last trimester of pregnancy. This two-hour session class is taught by an internationally board-certified lactation consultant.

Cost: $25; class fee includes a breast-feeding book.

Individual Counseling

Breast-feeding is a learned skill and it requires practice and guidance. At Loyola, you can get free guidance from an internationally board-certified lactation consultant, who will visit you during your hospital stay, whether you deliver at Loyola University Medical Center or Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.

What will the lactation consultant do?

The lactation consultant, a registered nurse, will assess you and your baby's feeding style and assist with education and problem solving.

Who can see a lactation consultant?

The lactation service provides educational and clinical services to any in-patient pregnant or nursing mother who desires help, whether you deliver at Loyola University Medical Center or Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. This includes breast-feeding mothers whose infants are receiving neonatal intensive care.

How can I access this service?

Families are seen in the maternity/newborn units and by appointment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. If you would like to speak to a lactation consultant, call (708) 216-4300 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and ask for the Birth Center. One of our lactation consultants will return your call.

Often a little bit of coaching goes a long way. That is the idea behind our free help line for breast-feeding mothers.

Any pregnant or nursing mother who needs information about breast-feeding can call with questions from our experienced, internationally board-certified lactation consultants.

Loyola received the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Care Award for staffing professionals who hold the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification (IBCLC) and for providing a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breast-feeding families. Loyola also was recognized for providing breast-feeding training for medical staff who care for new families and for implementing activities that help to protect, promote and support breast-feeding.

“This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breast-feeding and to support them in reaching their goals,” said Liz Brooks, president of ILCA.

IBCLC is the leading internationally recognized lactation certification in the world. IBCLC-certified practitioners are highly skilled in helping mothers with breast-feeding. They also are an important part of the overall maternal/child health team and they assure that evidence-based policies and practices are in place to help mothers succeed with breast-feeding.

In 2012, Loyola University Health System was among 90 hospitals nationwide to be asked to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its-kind initiative to significantly improve breast-feeding rates in states where they are the lowest. The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is leading this program with the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Baby-Friendly USA, Inc.