As a designated Baby Friendly Hospital, St. John's has the highest level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
Our Certified Breastfeeding Consultants are lactation specialists who offer a full range of services, including a prenatal breastfeeding class, education materials, the breastfeeding 24-hour warmline support service and the "First Steps" mother’s support group after the baby has arrived.
Individual counseling is available during your pregnancy, as well as throughout your hospital stay. If you have questions or concerns after your discharge, please contact the consultants on our 24-hour warmline (217) 535-3983, or make an appointment to meet with a consultant for an outpatient visit.
Our consultants can provide information on the types of breast pumps, rental locations and where they can be purchased. They can also offer strategies on how best to combine breastfeeding, returning to work and pumping. Information is also available about state and federal laws for nursing mothers in the workplace.
Dinner for Two: How to breastfeed your baby
This class is for moms who are considering breastfeeding or who have already decided to breastfeed their baby. The class is held in the evening once a month, and every other month on Saturday during Lullaby University.
"Dinner for Two" covers how to get off to a good start, preventing problems, maternal diet, returning to work, pumping and weaning. Expectant moms should bring their partner with them, as well as anyone else who will be helping with the baby the first couple of weeks at home.
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First Steps: Mother & Baby Support Group
This support group meets every Wednesday from noon - 1:30 pm on the 4th floor of the Women and Children's Center at St. John's. Weigh your baby, have your questions answered by a lactation nurse and relax with a supportive group of other new moms. Bring your lunch. No reservations needed.
Other breastfeeding resources