Breastfeeding Care at the Prairie Ridge Health Birth Center is designed to meet the modern needs of moms and babies. We are here to guide you and your baby through prenatal education, outpatient lactation consultations, and personalized care to make your breastfeeding journey just right for you and your family. We are here to support you and your baby!
Breastfeeding Care at PRH Birth Center
  • When your baby is born: our nurses and lactation consultant will help you and your baby get a great start!
  • Outpatient appointments: meet individually with our lactation consultant.
  • Lactation line: call with questions anytime (920) 626-2347.
  • Breastfeeding class: take this with your partner during your 3rd trimester.
Why We Support Breastfeeding
  • Breast milk is natural, economical and convenient. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for the first six months of life, and for long after in combination with solid foods.
  • Breast milk contains just the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and provides digestive enzymes, minerals, vitamins and hormones that infants require for healthy growth and development.
  • Breast milk contains many immune components including antibodies, growth factors, cytokines, antimicrobial compounds, and specific immune cells that protect your baby from infection and illness.
  • Breastfeeding provides an opportunity for you to nurture your baby through close physical contact and strengthen your bond.
  • Breastfeeding is good for mothers. Mothers have faster recovery from birth and long term risk reduction of some diseases, illnesses and cancers.

Experts agree that breastfeeding your baby for any length of time, is of benefit to you and your baby.

How We Support Breastfeeding
  • Offer prenatal breastfeeding classes
  • Promote a first feeding during the first hour after birth
  • Encourage you to spend time skin to skin with your baby
  • Have your baby stay in the room with you
  • Only use breast milk to feed your baby
  • Teach baby comfort techniques and not provide a pacifier.
  • Our dedicated and skilled team of nurses will support and guide you during the early days of feeding.
  • Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will meet with you and your baby in the hospital.
Specialized Breastfeeding Care

In addition to meeting with our Lactation Consultant in the hospital, we provide other ways to continue to support you and your family throughout your breastfeeding journey.

  • Call the Lactation Line 920-626-2347, anytime, with questions or concerns. 
  • Schedule an outpatient appointment to have your unique needs addressed by our Lactation Consultant. Call the Lactation Line to schedule.
Reasons to Meet with a Lactation Consultant

If the Mother:

  • Has sore nipples
  • Has pain while breastfeeding
  • Has flat or inverted nipples
  • Is engorged
  • Is ill or need to have surgery
  • Is worried if she is “has enough milk”
  • Has “more than enough milk”
  • Is returning to work
  • Wants to bottle feed breast milk
  • May have a blocked duct or mastitis
  • Wishes to adopt a baby
  • Experiences anxiety or stress around feedings
  • Needs to take medications
  • Has questions about breast pumps
  • Is discouraged about breastfeeding
  • Is receiving conflicting advice about breastfeeding
  • Has a history of breast surgery and wants to breastfeed
  • Is ready to wean

If your baby:

  • Has difficulty latching-on
  • Is not gaining weight quickly
  • Cries a lot and is fussy
  • Feeds “all of the time”
  • Is premature or a “late preterm” baby
  • Spits up “a lot”
  • “Fighting the breast”
  • Is Jaundiced
  • Has a medical condition that impacts feeding