Breastfeedingand Lactation Services at Mid Coast Hospital
Breastfeeding is the most natural and nutritious way to encourage your child’s development. Your milk is a unique combination of fats, sugars, minerals, proteins, vitamins, and enzymes—customized to promote your child’s growth. Nursing at the breast also enhances the bond between mother and child.
Located within the Maternity Care Center, Mid Coast Hospital Lactation Services has been nationally recognized for staffing quality International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and CLCs to provide a lactation program that supports the needs of breastfeeding families.
An IBCLC (or Lactation Consultant, LC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. They have had specific education, a minimum of 2000 hours clinical experience working with breastfeeding families and have passed an exam sponsored by the International Board of Lactation Examiners. They are required to do continuing education and to retake the exam every 10 years.
Our Lactation Services
- Breastfeeding Prep Class: A free class that is offered periodically throughout the year.
Covers the basics of breastfeeding with lots of time for your individual questions. Partners are encouraged to attend.
- Inpatient Rounds: The Lactation Consultant (LC) will visit breastfeeding families while still in the hospital. We are available to help with feedings and to answer questions.
- Outpatient Visits: The LCs are available to meet with families that are having issues with breastfeeding. Moms can self refer or be referred by their Primary Care Provider.
- Telephone Consults: Patients are encouraged to call the LC with questions or concerns. We have private voice mail if not immediately available. If it is an issue we can’t resolve over the phone, we may encourage an outpatient visit.
- Mother’s Circle: Our Mother's Circle support group meets twice a month. It is a fun, informal opportunity to meet other new mothers and talk about the joys and challenges of babies and motherhood. The LC is available for questions and to do baby weights. No registration is necessary and it is free. To learn more about upcoming Mother's Circle meetings, please visit our Classes page.
- Pump rentals: We are a Medela pump rental station and also carry many of the Medela accessory items such as pump kits, shells and supplemental feeders.
Commonly Asked Questions
- Does breastfeeding hurt? Breastfeeding your baby should not “hurt”. Many women describe latch as a “firm tugging” while the baby feeds. Check the shape of your nipple when the baby releases it. It should be the same shape as it was when you started the feeding. If it is compressed and flat. The baby is not on deep enough. Continuing to feed with a shallow latch is painful and may lead to nipple damage. Call the LC and get help with the latch.
- How do I know the baby is getting enough? Babies that are feeding well are content after feedings and are gaining weight consistently. In the first few weeks babies eat 8-12 times in 24 hours and have a bowel movement with most feedings. The breast may feel firm and full before the feeding and should feel soft after the feeding.
- Where can I find information about pumping and milk storage? Get detailed information here
- How do I measure for a nursing bra? Get detailed information here