Breastfeeding Support Options
Support options for breastfeeding moms include a drop-in breastfeeding assistance center, support after delivery from certified lactation consultants, online support groups on Facebook, consultations after moms have left the hospital, and free weekly support groups.
To help moms meet their breastfeeding goals and get information and support, Community offers free breastfeeding drop-in centers on Saturdays. Any mother who has questions about breastfeeding can come during these hours to weigh her baby and get help from a hospital lactation consultant. Mothers with breastfeeding babies from any stage, newborn through weaning, are welcome. Moms-to-be are encouraged to come ask questions and familiarize themselves with the service. Mothers who have delivered elsewhere are also welcome to take advantage of this free community service.
Community Hospital East
Time: Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sharp Conference Room
More Info: Call the lactation office at 317-355-2345.
Time: Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Women's Center, 2201 W. Boulevard, Kokomo, IN
More Info: Carrie O'Banion at cobanion@eCommunity.com or call 765-776-5810.
From moments after delivery, we are committed to helping moms and babies establish a positive breastfeeding experience. Our team of international board certified lactation consultants rounds on patients daily, encouraging mom and baby skin-to-skin contact immediately after delivery when possible and assisting with proper latch on. Our labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum suites are designed so that newborns can room-in with mom, creating an optimal environment for breastfeeding.
Moms of multiples, premature babies, or those needing advanced medical support in a special care nursery or NICU setting face unique challenges, including potential latch-on difficulties or separation of mom from baby. We have lactation consultants trained to address the specialized needs of these moms and babies. Our NICU rooms are equipped with refrigerators, keeping mom’s breast milk in the same room as baby.
Community offers private breastfeeding support via Facebook groups. To get started, choose the location where you delivered or nearest you and request to join that group. A lactation consultant will approve your request so you can get started right away!
For breastfeeding issues such as ongoing milk supply issues, latch problems in the first week of life, or baby experiencing weight loss, an in-person consultation may be advised. A consult consists of a thorough assessment of the mother's history, baby's feeding history, observation of a full feeding at breast, assessment of milk transfer, and education on interventions needed. Appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays (outside of support group hours). Insurance will be billed for the consult visit based on the length of time of the consult.
Lactation consultants are available by telephone seven days a week to offer continuing support to families after discharge from the hospital. Calls are returned during business hours.
- Community Hospital Anderson, 765-298-5424
- Community Hospital East, 317-355-2345
- Community Hospital North, 317-621-5380
- Community Hospital South, 317-887-7927
- Community Howard, 765-776-5810
Free weekly breastfeeding support groups bring together nursing mothers and lactation consultants in an informal setting to share experiences and problem-solve. It’s a fun and comfortable atmosphere—and a great place to meet new friends!
- Community Hospital North: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Location: OB classrooms (4th floor)
- Community Hospital South: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon and Mondays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Location: Educational center (main level)
- Community Hospital Anderson: Mondays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Who is Welcome
Moms and babies who are currently breastfeeding are welcome at support group. Many of our group members are quite young and we want to keep everyone healthy, so we discourage older siblings from attending.
What to Bring
You’ll need your baby, diapers/wipes, and supplemental feeding supplies (if needed). You may also want to bring your stroller, Boppy or breast pump. We provide a scale, pillows and blankets.
What Happens at Support Group
During support group, moms are encouraged to feed their babies, getting a before and after weight to measure how much baby is eating with each feeding. Lactation consultants are available to address basic concerns and questions related to breastfeeding.
Why Should You Attend?
Support group is a wonderful opportunity to get answers for basic questions about breastfeeding.* Common topics include latch and positioning assistance, weaning from the nipple shield, returning to work and starting solids.
*If you are experiencing more complicated breastfeeding issues, such as ongoing milk supply issues, latch problems in the first week of life, or baby experiencing weight loss, we recommend a one-on-one consultation instead of support group, where our lactation consultants can provide you with more individualized support.
Check the following resources to find a breastfeeding support group in your community.
Explore the resources below for general information about breastfeeding, lactation concerns and milk donation.
Expression and Pumping
- Hand expression of breastmilk (video clip)
- Maximizing milk expression with hands-on pumping (video clip)
- Working and Pumping
- The Milk Bank (for donating or obtaining donor milk)