Breastfeeding Support

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Questions about Breastfeeding?

If you have questions about breastfeeding, please call a location below or visit a Baby Café.

In addition to the support provided by your OB/GYN or midwife, breastfeeding guidance is available at the hospital, at your home from a home care nurse, and at our Baby Café drop-in centers.

Locations

Catholic Health Home Care
144 Genesee Street
2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
565 Abbott Road
Buffalo, NY 14220

Mercy OB/GYN Center
515 Abbott Road
Marian Professional Building
Suite 302
Buffalo, NY 14220

Sisters of Charity Hospital
2157 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214


Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the best thing that you can do for you and your baby. Not only does it create a lifelong bond between mother and child, but it keeps you and your baby healthy.

The nutrients and antibodies in breast milk help to protect your baby and prevent disease. Breast milk is easier for your baby to digest compared to formula, and it changes as your baby grows, giving him or her just the right amount of fat, sugar, water and protein.

Because breast milk protects your baby, he or she is sick less often, resulting in fewer visits to the doctor and fewer missed days from work for mom or dad.

Women who breastfeed are able to return to their pre-pregnancy weight more quickly and have a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.

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Preparing to Breastfeed

It is recommended that moms who are planning to breastfeed learn about the process before they give birth.

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding classes are offered at both Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Sisters of Charity Hospital.

Under the guidance of an experienced, internationally board certified lactation consultant, our breastfeeding classes will help answer common questions and concerns that many new families experience during pregnancy. We will prepare the new family for both the initial breastfeeding experience and what to expect during the first few weeks at home.

Click here for a registration form.

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Breastfeeding at the Hospital

Upon admission, let your doctor and nurse know that you plan to breastfeed.

The first 1-2 hours of your baby’s life are the most important for breastfeeding, as the sucking instinct is very strong during this time period. Ask to breastfeed as soon as possible after delivery.

Mercy Hospital

Lactation Consultants

Nine certified lactation consultants and three certified lactation counselors are on staff at Mercy Hospital. Not only do they teach the hospital’s breastfeeding classes, but they provide guidance to new moms who are recovering in our postpartum suites.

Nurses

Many of the nurses on staff are educated in providing lactation assistance. Many times, labor and delivery nurses assist moms with the first breastfeeding.

Mercy Hospital is a Mother-Baby Unit, which means that the same nurse who takes care of mom also takes care of baby. This arrangement allows for the least separation possible of mom and child. By keeping your child close, you’re able to recognize feeding cues and breastfeed when your baby is hungry.

Private Rooms

Our postpartum rooms are private rooms, limited to one family. This privacy allows you to breastfeed comfortably, without distractions.

Instruction and Classes

If you require breastfeeding information or advice, speak to your nurse, and she or he will assist you or ask a lactation consultant to visit your room.

At 11 a.m., you may attend a class that covers many areas of newborn care. This class is offered daily.

At Mercy Hospital, free television services are offered to all patients. Watch the Newborn Channel for programs that discuss all aspects of newborn care.

Sisters Hospital

Lactation Consultants

Seven lactation consultants are on staff at Sisters Hospital. They teach the hospital’s breastfeeding classes, and they provide guidance to new moms in the ante partum, postpartum and level 3 NICU units.

They also assist patients who have been readmitted to other areas of the hospital to maintain their milk supply and answer any questions they may have.

Lactation consultants at Sisters Hospital are available 7 days a week. To speak to a lactation consultant, please call (716) 862-1939.

Nurses

Many of the nurses on staff are educated in providing lactation assistance. Often labor and delivery nurses assist moms with the first breastfeeding.

Private Rooms

Our postpartum rooms are private rooms, limited to one family. This privacy allows you to breastfeed comfortably, without distractions.

Instruction

If you require breastfeeding information or advice, speak to your nurse, and she or he will assist you or ask a lactation consultant to visit your room.

At Sisters Hospital, free television services are offered to all patients. Watch the Newborn Channel for programs that discuss all aspects of newborn care.

Videos can be delivered to your room if additional education is requested.

Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights

During your hospital stay, you will be provided with a bill or rights, which outlines your rights as a breastfeeding mom in a New York State hospital.

These rights include the ability to:

  • Keep your baby with you at all times
  • Breastfeed at any time
  • Receive breastfeeding guidance
  • Prevent your baby from receiving pacifiers or bottles

Please ask your nurse if you have any questions about these rights.

Click here to download the bill of rights from the New York State Department of Health website.

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BabyCafe

Baby Café is a weekly drop-in center for moms who are breastfeeding and need support and guidance from certified lactation consultant nurses. You can:

  • Learn about breastfeeding during your pregnancy
  • Meet other moms who are breastfeeding
  • Get answers to breastfeeding questions and concerns

Relax and join us for coffee, support and information facilitated by a registered nurse and certified lactation consultant.

Baby Café at Sisters

Baby Café at Sisters Hospital on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays
  • Location: M. Steven Piver Center on the campus of Sisters Hospital (2121 Main Street, Buffalo) in the conference room

Baby Café at Mercy

  • Hours: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays
  • Location: OB/GYN Associates of WNY, 3050 Orchard Park Rd., West Seneca

Baby Café at Mercy OB/GYN Center

  • Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays
  • Location: Mercy OB/GYN Center, 515 Abbott Road, Suite 302 (Marian Professional Building), Buffalo

More Information

No reservations are needed. If you have questions, please call (716) 862-1939.

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Community Resources for Breastfeeding

Website Offers
New York State Department of Health Education, Breastfeeding Bill of Rights
New York State Breastfeeding Coalition Information about breastfeeding laws
It's Only Natural Planning for breastfeeding, overcoming challenges, finding support
CareConnection Breastfeeding pumps, classes, support group

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