For mothers who deliver at either Mercy location and have decided to breastfeed their baby, lactation and breastfeeding support is available for you, following your baby’s birth. Our nurses are trained to provide exceptional guidance and support for new breastfeeding moms and babies. Mercy Mother-Baby Nurses receive annual breastfeeding education and new nurses receive 8 hours of lactation education provided by a lactation consultant. However, some mothers and babies may need a little extra assistance learning how to breastfeed. For these special circumstances, Mercy Medical Center has International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) available during your hospital stay to help you. These IBCLCs are specially trained to manage your lactation needs: assisting with latch, breastfeeding with challenging circumstances, or initiating a milk supply for a baby in our NICU. We are here to help you.
During your second or third trimester, we encourage you to attend our Breastfeeding Essentials Class. This single session class is offered twice a month on Tuesday evenings. For more information and registration, details can be found at www.mercydesmoines.org/baby or by calling (515) 643-MOMS.
Moms are encouraged to put baby to breast in the first hour after birth. Your birthing center nurse can help you with this. You are also encouraged to put your baby skin to skin as much as possible in the early days to promote breastfeeding.
Once you have been moved from your birthing suite to the Mother/Baby recovery suite, the nursing staff will be available to help you and your baby learn to breastfeed. Should a larger issue become present, our nursing staff will contact one of our lactation consultants to visit in your room. Your lactation consultants will be able to help you one-on-one, and make an individualized plan for home, if breastfeeding is not working well. They will be available by phone for support and questions after your discharge. To reach one of our lactation consultants by phone contact us at (515) 358-2082.
Breastfeeding: Mommy & Me
The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the East Tower Conference area, located on Level A of the East Tower, from 11 a.m. to noon. Our lactation consultants are on-hand to help you weigh your baby, assist with a feeding, and answer your questions. Registration is not required.
Commitment to excellence in breastfeeding education
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners recently recognized Mercy as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) Care Award Hospital. Mercy is one of fewer than 200 hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in the state of Iowa to earn this special designation. To speak with one of Mercy's IBCLC certified lactation consultants, simply call (515) 358-2082.