Breastfeeding is the most natural and nourishing way to feed your baby. Unlike any other food, mother's milk provides your baby with abundant nutritional support, antioxidants, enzymes, immune properties and live antibodies.
If you’ve never breastfed before, Mercy can help you get started, with education, personal assistance and ongoing support. Mercy also offers breastfeeding classes and support groups, where you can get additional in-person assistance and connect with other new moms.
Your milk is simply the best food you can give your baby. Breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby and offers emotional benefits for both of you. Research has shown that breastfeeding offers many health benefits for babies, including:
The health benefits from breastfeeding continue even after your baby is weaned. Research has shown that breastfed children have a decreased risk of childhood cancers, type I and II diabetes and many other conditions. Additionally, there are benefits for moms, too, such as a lower risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, anemia and osteoporosis.
It’s common for new moms to have some challenges with breastfeeding – after all, this is new for you and your baby. Mercy's lactation specialists are experts in teaching you the basics of breastfeeding.
Our certified lactation consultants, available at each hospital, will guide you on techniques and timing. You’ll learn how to store your milk, handle any challenges and get Dad involved in making breastfeeding a success. Even after you and your baby have gone home, our lactation consultants can help with any questions or challenges.
Moms with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can use electric breast pumps to provide breast milk for their babies. After your baby leaves the NICU, we'll help you schedule follow-up appointments with your pediatrician or a Mercy lactation specialist until your baby is nursing well. We’re also happy to provide breastfeeding supplies and follow-up consultations.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful, rewarding experience for you and your baby. Your Mercy lactation specialists welcome the opportunity to help you feel comfortable and confident every time you breastfeed.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive services to diagnose and treat a full range of conditions, including:
Our experts share the best ways to keep your newborn healthy and thriving. Download Mercy's "Newborn Care" guide here.