Lactation Connection

Breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby. Its many benefits include fewer illnesses, decreased allergies and an enhanced immune system. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months of life.

Mercy’s Lactation Connection program will support a successful breastfeeding experience for you and your baby. Before you deliver we offer an informative class, The Breast Connection, which will review positioning, technique, pumping and common adjustments.

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Once you have delivered, our Lactation Consultants are here for inpatient rounds and consults. After you are discharged home, we provide follow-up telephone calls and outpatient lactation consulting as needed.

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Breastfeeding support groups for new moms and babies are held each week. A lactation consultant will be on hand to answer your questions, provide infant weight checks, and observe feedings. Bring a snack and meet other new moms, share your experiences and exchange ideas.

Support Groups are free! Join us every Tuesday from 10 am to noon at the Mercy Fore River 3rd Floor Conference Room.

Go to our Childbirth Education Calendar for upcoming class dates and times, and to register for classes online. For more information and to confirm that you are registered for a class, call the Childbirth Education Department at 207-553-6363 or email

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For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Lactation Connection at 207-553-6340

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