We're here to help you and your baby get off to the best start — with breastfeeding. We offer classes before your baby is born, a visit from a registered nurse, certified lactation consultant during your stay and follow-up support after the two of you go home.
Deciding to breastfeed is one of the best choices you can make for you and your baby. Breast milk is the perfect food for you and your baby. The Academy of Pediatrics, Surgeon General and World Health organization, among others recommends all babies receive exclusive breast milk for the first 6 months of life and then continue at least one year with additional food. After the first year, breastfeeding can continue as long as a mom and baby desire.
Via Christi NewLife Center has developed an extensive breastfeeding support program, and we are committed to the Ten Steps to Healthy Breastfeeding, established by the World Health Organization and Unicef. The benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child are staggering. While most people agree that breastfeeding is good for the baby, the breastfeeding fact sheet, which summarizes its impact on mothers, babies and society, may surprise many people.
The NewLife Center has integrated specific maternity-care procedures based on the proven health benefits associated with breastfeeding and other key elements of bonding between mother and newborn. Our breastfeeding Information guide includes details on the following:
- The many benefits of skin-to-skin contact
- The importance of latching on
- Infant hunger cues to watch for
- Hand expression of breast milk
Breastfeeding Education Classes: Nursing your baby
Learn how breastfeeding will benefit you and your baby, as well as how to promote a successful breastfeeding experience. Also covered during this one-session class: preparing to go back to work.
Postpartum: After delivery, our large, well-appointed mom and baby suites promote mother-infant bonding and breastfeeding. Our staff will help you to initiate breastfeeding and address any issues with a lactation consultant.
- Assuring immediate, sustained skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after birth
- Giving newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated
- Allowing “rooming in” so mothers and infants can remain together 24 hours a day
- Not giving pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants
Our hospital to home breastfeeding log provides valuable in-home instructions and support once you leave the hospital.
Breastfeeding Clinic in Wichita
The Via Christi Breastfeeding Clinic opened in June 2008 to help with a variety of challenges for breastfeeding mothers, including breast engorgement, low milk supply, preparing to return to work, babies who have difficulty latching on, are jaundiced or have weight gain issues.
New moms will find advice and encouragement at the Via Christi Breastfeeding Clinic at the NewLife Center in Ascension Via Christi Hospital, 3600 E. Harry, in Wichita. This walk-in clinic is open 10 am-2 pm Monday through Friday and is staffed by register nurses, board certified lactation consultants who help mothers with questions and concerns about breast feeding, and assess infants to ensure they are gaining weight appropriately. Medical issues are referred for physician follow-up.
The service is provided at no cost to women who've delivered at the Via Christi NewLife Center. A one-time $50 fee will be collected from women who delivered elsewhere.
Please be sure stop by Admitting when coming to our Breastfeeding Clinic on your first visit.
Via Christi Breastfeeding Support Group
Via Christi Breastfeeding Support Group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 3pm, unless otherwise posted in the Breastfeeding Clinic. This is a fun group led by a lactation consultant. Mother to Mother support can be a great help with your breastfeeding journey.
Via Christi Milk Depot
Via Christi's Milk Depot helps facilitate breast milk donations to Mothers' Milk Bank of Denver, Colorado, by providing referrals, drawing donor's labs, and accepting milk donations.
Mother's Milk Bank is a non-profit organization that serves more than 100 hospitals in 24 states. Pasteurized donor milk is distributed throughout the country, providing lifesaving nourishment to babies.
Become a donor:
- Contact Mothers’ Milk Bank at 303-869-1888 and complete a 10-15 minute phone screening.
- Complete and return an informational packet.
- Call Via Christi’s Lactation Department at 316-689-5426 to schedule a time to get your labs drawn and drop off your donation.
The Mothers' Milk Bank relies on the goodness of donations from nursing mothers. Donors find comfort and pride in knowing that they are providing lifesaving milk to babies in need.