Due to the overwhelming surge in COVID-19 cases and the strain it has placed on health care capacity in the communities we serve, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has activated crisis standards of care statewide. We are open and available to see patients, but you may experience delays at our ERs, hospitals, and clinics. We appreciate your patience. Access more info on COVID testing, vaccination, visitor policy, hospitalization data, and FAQs.

toggle mobile menu Menu
toggle search menu

Site Navigation



Breastfeeding Resources

Your caregivers at St. Luke's understand that some women may not be able to breastfeed, or may choose not to breastfeed, for a variety of reasons. But we encourage you to try breastfeeding with an open mind to give your baby a strong start in life.

Lactation specialists and nurses are available every day in our Mother Baby Care Unit. If you are breastfeeding, one of our specialists will visit you at least once to help you get started and answer any questions.

In addition, we offer lactation support after you go home through support groups and classes. You may also call one of the numbers below to speak with one of our lactation specialists.

As you may have discovered, breastfeeding is natural but not automatic. Like any worthwhile endeavor, it takes practice. The first few weeks can be the most challenging, and St. Luke's is committed to helping you and your baby get off to a good start.

Highlights & Resources

  • Article

    Breastfeeding: When Baby Doesn't Want to Stop

  • Article

    Feeding Your Infant

Breastfeeding and the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk as the best possible food for your baby during the first year of life, and studies continue to find strong links between breastfeeding and infant health. Beyond the health benefits, many breastfeeding moms say the bonding they experience with their child is the single greatest benefit.

Call our Certified Nurse Lactation Specialists for Assistance

  • Boise: (208) 381-2592 
  • Elmore: (208) 587-8401, ext. 188
  • Jerome: (208) 814-3820
  • Magic Valley: (208) 814-3820 
  • McCall: (208) 630-2270 
  • Meridian: (208) 706-3119 
  • Nampa: (208) 205-7329
  • Wood River: (208) 727-8531

Sign Up for a Breastfeeding Class or Support Group

We're Here to Help

St. Luke's offers many classes to help you prepare for breastfeeding success. We also have support groups across the region for new moms where you can share experiences, concerns, and information.

Related Programs

Is Your Family in Need of Extra Support?

  • Crying Baby Plan

    All babies cry, some more than others. What can you do? Plan ahead. Learn how to stay calm, check your baby's basic needs, and create a crying plan for when you're feeling overwhelmed.

  • Idaho Family Support

    We all know that asking for help is hard. That's why asking for help is a strength. Access these helpful resources when you need extra support keeping your family safe and healthy.