The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the healthiest way of providing nourishment to your baby during his or her first year. If you choose to breastfeed your baby, we want to do everything possible to help you meet your goals. We will support you during each phase of your pregnancy and beyond, ensuring you have the best possible chance to be successful.
The staff at Women’s and Children’s Hospital helps moms succeed by encouraging skin-to-skin contact with mom and baby, 24-hour rooming in, breast milk only (unless supplementation is medically necessary), no pacifiers and providing resources with their contact information to breastfeeding moms at the time of discharge. We have multiple certified lactation consultants on staff in the hospital to assist with breast feeding issues as well.
South Providence Pediatrics has two certified lactation consultants on staff. With 20 years of experience, Lori Lampe, RN, IBCLC, provides support, supplies, education and breastfeeding consultations to pregnant women and new mothers. Kelly Schellman RNC, IBCLC, assists Lori with consultations and has worked with postpartum mothers for more than 10 years. We want to help ensure a successful breastfeeding experience.
University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital received the Missouri “Show-Me 5” Hospital designation in November 2014 for its efforts to support new moms who want to breastfeed their infants.
In July 2015, the hospital earned the Baby-Friendly® designation from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This means Women’s and Children’s Hospital provides the optimal maternity care and infant feeding support.