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.
Lactation support is available in two formats—a free group support or one-on-one outpatient care.
Mom and Baby Connection
In partnership with Carver County Public Health, Ridgeview offers a new drop-in support group for new moms and their babies. The 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 in-person and open to any mom at no cost. Full class details here.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Birthing Center rotunda (Third floor, Waconia Campus)
Masks are required. Mothers and infants are welcome; no other children at this time due to COVID restrictions.
These are drop-in sessions with no registration required.
Questions? Call Ridgeview’s Birthing Center at 952-777-4646.
One-on-one outpatient lactation services
Women who deliver at Ridgeview have the opportunity to meet with a lactation consultant during their hospital stay, but sometimes additional one-on-one support is needed following the return home. Ridgeview offers personal outpatient lactation visits by appointment on Fridays in the Ridgeview Professional Building on the Waconia campus.
After a phone consultation, an in-person lactation assessment may be recommended. Moms will be asked to bring their babies hungry for a lactation assessment. The baby’s weight will be taken upon arrival and retaken at the end of the appointment to help determine if they are feeding sufficiently. During the appointment, moms will be supported with education on feeding techniques, using a breast pump, or uncovering why mom may be experiencing pain during breastfeeding. Moms will also be offered a tailored plan to overcome any feeding difficulties, and provided follow-up as needed.
For an appointment, call 952-777-4658.