If you are a breastfeeding mom, or plan to be, getting support can be crucial in the early weeks/months after giving birth. You may find that you need lactation support with the second and third nursing baby as well! Fortunately, there are several resources out there to help nursing moms.
If you are having trouble getting baby to latch on, if you are concerned about baby’s weight, or if you feel sore after every feeding, you may want to see a lactation consultant. There are LCs available at every hospital. For the most part, if you go to the hospital to see an LC, it will be covered by your insurance (you’ll pay a co-pay). If you’d like to have an LC come to your home, it can cost quite a bit more. However, many women feel more comfortable having the support come to them–and the LC can evaluate your setup at home. For more information on a home visit, contact Kathleen Moren at Healthy Babies, Happy Moms, which offers lactation support as well as breast pump rentals and replacement parts.
If you are interested in joining a FREE breastfeeding support group, visit one of the hospital groups below. You need not deliver at the hospital to participate in the group.Miriam Hospital – first Wednesday of every month, 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Newport Hospital — every Thursday, 12:30 p.m.
South County Hospital — every other Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Westerly Hospital – Saturday mornings, 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
The warm-lines are a wonderful free phone services that mothers can call after they leave the hospital with their questions or concerns about breastfeeding. Call any of the warm lines below if you would like to talk to a nurse on the phone. If you need to leave a message, a LC/nurse will call you back shortly.
– Kent County: 401-737-7000 ext.3332
– Landmark Medical Center: 401-769-4100 ext.2218
– Newport Hospital: 401-845-1110
– South County Hospital: 401-782-8020 ext.8020
– Westerly Hospital: 401-348-BABY (2229)
– Women & Infants: 1-800-711-7011
Another wonderful resource is La Leche League. LLL offers a plethora of information, discussion boards, and local chapters that meet every month. Check out a meeting near you to connect with other nursing moms!
Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW, the co-founders of RI New Moms Connection, provide affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout Rhode Island. In “Tips for New Moms” they share their knowledge, resources, and helpful ideas for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms who may need a little refresher.
Editor’s Note: Although “Tips for New Moms” is written with the new mom in mind–to support women in their journey through motherhood–it is certainly not the authors’ intention to exclude dads. Every new parent will find their tips, resources, and insights helpful. I invite all moms and dads to share ideas on how they manage their new role as a parent with Kidoinfo in the comments below.