Education Before Delivery
Breastfeeding is a unique experience for each mother. In preparation, Ridgeview invites expectant moms to attend a breastfeeding class before delivery. It is beneficial whether you choose to breastfeed for many months or just a few weeks. It can also be helpful if you are unsure about whether to breastfeed or bottle feed. Certified breastfeeding instructors will share information about the advantages of breastfeeding, preparation for breastfeeding, nutrition, problem-solving and returning to work. Attendees are welcome to bring a special support person.
Lactation Services after Delivery
During your hospital stay, you will have the opportunity to be seen by a lactation specialist for additional breastfeeding support. Acting as a nurse, cheerleader and friend, the lactation specialists have encountered issues ranging from how to use a breast pump, postpartum depression to nutrition questions, and they’re here to answer your questions.
Outpatient lactation consultations are available, as needed, after discharge.
Mom and Baby Connection (temporarily canceled)
In partnership with Carver County Public Health, Ridgeview offers a new drop-in support group for new moms and their babies. Mom and Baby Connection provides a casual environment where attendees meet other moms and gain helpful information from a Ridgeview lactation consultant. The mom and Baby Connection is open to any mom at no cost. Sessions take place on Wednesdays from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Please watch for information about when this class will resume at a later date.
New in 2021 - Ridgeview becomes breast milk donation site
In recognition of Aug. 1 - 7 as World Breastfeeding Week, Ridgeview is announcing that it has partnered with the MN Milk Bank to become a Milk Depot (collection site) for area donors.