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Breastfeeding Support

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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.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding.

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.

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

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 - Opens 4/17/14

  • 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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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.

Breastfeeding at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

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.

Tammy Kowalik, RN, IBCLC

Tammy Kowalik, RN, IBCLC

Tammy Kowalik is a mother of three children, all of whom were breastfed.

She is a Registered Nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She worked in a pediatric office for nine years. She has also worked in Labor and Delivery and in the Maternal Child Unit.

Tammy has been a lactation consultant with Catholic Health for seven years.

Alayne Danzer, RN, IBCLC

Alayne Danzer, RN, IBCLC

Alayne Danzer is a native of Western New York and joined Catholic Health in 1999 as a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at Mercy Hospital.  She enjoys working with new families and teaching the art of breastfeeding. Her past experience includes working at a large pediatric practice, newborn nursery, and intensive care nursery.

Maureen Pinterpe, RN, IBCLC

Maureen Pinterpe, RN, IBCLC

Maureen Pinterpe is a 30-year employee of Mercy Hospital. She has worked for over 20 years in the Maternal Child Unit and in the NICU. She joined the lactation department after becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in October of 2012. Maureen is a mother of four breastfed children.

Courtney Wahowski, RN, IBCLC

Courtney Wahowski, RN, IBCLC

Courtney Wahowski earned her nursing degree from the University of Buffalo and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has worked at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with the Erie County WIC program.

Courtney is a mother of two children, whom she breastfed.

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.

Breastfeeding at 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.

Tina Harman, RN, IBCLC

Tina Zbytek, RN, IBCLC

Tina Zbytek has worked at Sisters Hospital for 31 years. She spent seven years on a med-surg unit and 24 years as a registered nurse in the newborn / lactation department.

Tina will graduate with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012.

She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1998. She is also certified in neonatal resuscitation and basic life support.

Carolyn Putzbach, RNC, IBCLC

Carolyn Putzbach, RNC, IBCLC

Carolyn Putzbach has been a registered nurse in OB/GYN for 33 years and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 17 years. She is certified in inpatient obstetrics.

She began her career at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, where, during her 14-year tenure, she served as a staff RN and Nurse Manager, and worked in Staff Development.

She was previously a staff RN in an Obstetrics medical practice and also worked in home care.

Carolyn joined the Sisters Hospital team in 2012.

Sue Rusinski, RN, IBCLC

Sue Rusinski, RN, IBCLC

Sue Rusinski holds an associates degree in Nursing.

During the past 25 years, she has worked in level III neonatal intensive care units, which care for the sickest babies; maternal/child home healthcare; and infant medical surgical nursing.

Sue is an internationally certified lactation consultant. She is also certified in neonatal resuscitation and basic life support.

Gamileh Jamil, BSN, IBCLC

Gamileh Jamil

Gamileh Jamil has worked at Sisters Hospital for 13 years in the areas of Newborn Nursery, Special Care Nursery and Lactation. 

Currently, Gamileh is working on her Masters in Health Administration. 

She is an avid volunteer in community activities that are geared toward enhancing the well-being of families. 

With the philosophy that breastfeeding is the foundation of a healthy start, Gamileh is passionate about caring for patients and families.

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.

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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