We support women throughout their breastfeeding journeys—whether you’re a first-time mom or struggling to make the process work with your new baby. We encourage women to start their journey in our breastfeeding classes. This connects them to our teams and gives them evidence-based understanding prior to birth.
You don’t need to figure out breastfeeding on your own after you leave the hospital. We make sure you have everything you need to feel comfortable and confident breastfeeding your baby.
Our lactation consultants partner with you during your hospital stay. Available on site, they are there to help you and answer all of your questions. Each campus has inpatient lactation consultants ready to help.
First Steps Program Breastfeeding Center of Excellence
Located at Kettering Washington Township (formerly Southview Medical Center), our First Steps Breastfeeding Center of Excellence is here to offer additional support after you’ve left the hospital, offering prenatal consultations as well as postpartum visits.
We help with issues such as the following:
- Baby eating less than eight times in 24 hours and less than 10 minutes per feeding.
- Baby not having yellow, seedy bowel movements and having 6-8 wet diapers per day by day 5.
- Baby not swallowing frequently while feeding.
- Breasts not feeling full before feedings and softer after.
- Difficult or painful latching
- Lack of milk production
- Nipple or breast pain during or after nursing
- Painful, hot, firm area on the breast
If you experience any difficulty with breastfeeding after leaving the hospital, please call (937) 401-6881 immediately.
Breastfeeding Konnect Group
Finding help with the logistics of breastfeeding is important. Just as invaluable is having a community who knows exactly what you’re going through. This free, fun, and educational breastfeeding group for moms meets on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The group meets at the First Steps Breastfeeding Support Center located at 1989 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd.
Babies and other healthy small children are welcome. Call (937) 401-6881 for more information.
Virtual Breastfeeding Support
We partner with Nest Collaborative to provide you easy access to breastfeeding consultations. These online, video appointments help guide parents through the breastfeeding process. They provide evidence-based, on-demand virtual appointments 100% covered by most health plans and medicaid. The International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants® give lactation support for prenatal and postpartum parents, during any stage from beginning to end.
Ohio Statewide Breastfeeding Hotline
The State of Ohio is staffed with lactation professionals to provide 24/7 breastfeeding support. Call the breastfeeding hotline at (888) 588-3423 or text BFHOTLINE to 839863.
We’re Here to Help
Whether you need answers to your breastfeeding questions or you are looking for more resources, give us a call at (937) 401-6881.