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If you choose to breastfeed, count on Essentia Health for tips and support to help you nurse your baby.
Both you and your baby benefit from breastfeeding. That’s because breastfeeding:
Benefit from the knowledge and experience of lactation consultants—professional breastfeeding specialists—at Essentia. A certified lactation consultant may visit you in the hospital after your baby is born. Or, you can talk with them at breastfeeding classes and support groups, or a breastfeeding clinic.
Get the best start possible by attending a breastfeeding class during your final trimester of pregnancy. You and your partner may learn about:
Attend a free new-parent or breastfeeding support group near you to share your breastfeeding successes and challenges with other moms and get advice from a lactation consultant.
Find more breastfeeding support groups and resources through La Leche League of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
If you are in the central Minnesota area, talk with a certified lactation consultant over the phone by calling Essentia’s Infant Feeding Support Line at 855-710-BABY (2229).
If you live in or near Duluth, Minnesota, visit Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center to find the region’s largest breastfeeding clinic. Take advantage of a wide range of services, including: