Helping Babies and Breastfeeding Moms
From pregnancy to birth and breastfeeding, the professional lactation staff at The Women’s Hospital is here to help. Our team is committed to educating and supporting breastfeeding mothers and guiding them through a rewarding breastfeeding experience.
Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding
for mom and baby.
Our team consists of registered nurses with international board certification as lactation consultants, certified lactation counselors or certified lactation specialists. We also provide 20 hours of breastfeeding education to all nurses at The Women’s Hospital so they are prepared to help patients at any point during their stay. Together, our team educates and supports moms who wish to breastfeed. Lactation consultants are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you during your hospital stay. We also have outpatient lactation services after discharge from the hospital.
Great Beginnings Lactation Shop offers services and products to help new mothers and their babies. We have a full line of breastfeeding supplies like bras 32A to 50L, camis, nursing covers, baby carriers, nursing pillows, nipple cream, milk storage products, breast pumps and supplies.
Weight checks and one-on-one consultations (for a one-time fee) are available in Great Beginnings seven days a week:
Basic weight checks are also available during our Weigh and Stay Support Group that meets on the 3rd Floor.
- Monday - Friday 9 AM to 6 PM; Weight checks and consultations available until 3 PM
- Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 4 PM; Weight check and consultations available until 3 PM
- Closed major holidays
Monday 3 PM – 6 PM
Wednesday 9 AM - 12 noon
Friday 9 AM – 12 noon
Consultation with a lactation consultant is recommended if:
- Baby has low output. Day 1-3, expect at least 3 stools and 2-3 wet diapers. Day 3-5 expect at least 2 stools and 3-5 wet diapers. Day 5 and beyond, expect at least 2-4 stools and 6-8 wet diapers.
- Baby continually falls asleep at the breast and does not keep up a continuous pattern of suckle-swallow for 15-20 minutes per feeding.
- Baby is losing weight, is unsettled and cries excessively.
- Mother thinks her supply is low and wonders if she should supplement breastfeeding with formula.
- Mother has sore, cracked or bleeding nipples, or painful breasts.
- Mother has difficulty with latch or positioning of her baby.
- There are special circumstances, such as prematurity, twins, anomalies, or maternal health concerns.
The Women’s Hospital offers online lactation consultations through a secure video connection. Consultations are available by appointment day or night (according to our lactation consultants’ schedules) and are free of charge. This is a perfect service for those who live far away or have other small children at home. It’s also great when the weather is bad or if assistance is needed in the middle of the night! Call 812-842-4239 to make your appointment with one of our lactation consultants.
Our team knows that human milk can make a vast difference in babies’ digestive systems and in their early development. When supplementation is needed, donor milk is the best option for babies. Great Beginnings serves as a milk depot for The Milk Bank. This allows women to donate breastmilk by dropping it off at Great Beginnings. All donated milk is pasteurized, ensuring that this is a safe way for babies to reap the benefits of human milk.
Great Beginnings also sells pasteurized donor milk when it is medically indicated or necessary for baby. Contact a lactation consultant for more information.
We have a program designed for adoptive mothers who have the desire to breastfeed. Our lactation consultants will work with you to develop a plan for producing milk. However, inducing lactation may not work in some cases.
Breastfeeding moms are encouraged to call the with any questions or concerns after discharge.
Warm Line: 812-842-4239
Great Beginnings: 812-842-4525