Our staff would like to help make your breastfeeding experience a positive one. Several of our hospital nurses have received advanced lactation education, training and certification. A designated Mother’s Room is available for members of the public to use for nursing or expressing milk if privacy is preferred. Just ask a member of staff on campus for more details.
Our lactation consultants and educators are available to meet with you to answer questions and assist you with your breastfeeding needs.
If you need additional help with breastfeeding after going home, call us at 715-307-6319 and leave a message with your question. Calls will be returned within 24 hours. You can also schedule outpatient breastfeeding appointments.
River Fall's Baby Café is a free, drop-in center for pregnant and breastfeeding moms to consult with an international board certified lactation consultant or counselor.
The café is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in River Falls, Wisconsin. For more information, call 715-307-6319.
Since its launch in November 2013, Baby Café has won some dedicated supporters. New moms have found its combination of access to River Falls Area Hospital certified lactation consultants and the support and encouragement of the other moms in the group invaluable.
Second grade teacher Michele Johnson attended the inaugural meeting of Baby Café. She'd given birth to her baby girl, Margaret, two months earlier, and was already thankful for the breastfeeding support she'd found from Birth Center RN and certified lactation consultant Karen Gresback.
"Breastfeeding was the hardest thing I've done in my life," said Michele. "Now, it's fantastic and it's easy, and I attribute that mostly to Karen Gresback and Baby Café."
She recalled feeling inspired at one of the early meetings she attended as she watched a mother-of-two juggle a young child and a newborn at the same time.
"It was just so fluid and easy for her and showed me the other side of what nursing can be," said Michele, who - in common with the overwhelming majority of new moms - found that breastfeeding did not come as easily as she had hoped. "It gave me hope that some day, my experience would be as good as hers."
First time mother Kensey Schultz made the trip to Baby Café as her first proper outing once she arrived home after giving birth to her daughter Tenley two months earlier.
"I have met other moms who share similar experiences, and that's a really neat piece of it," she said. "Breastfeeding takes practice, persistence and patience. The Baby Café group has encouraged me to work through my own challenges. I feel fortunate, especially as I know breastfeeding does not work for everyone."
She added: "What works for one mom doesn't necessarily work for another mom. Baby Café is a safe place to ask questions and I really enjoy it."
Call 715-307-6330 to schedule a tour or to learn more.
Michele Johnson holding her baby girl Margaret.
Kensey Schultz holding her daughter Tenley.