Breast Feeding

At Flushing Hospital Medical Center, we recognize how important breastfeeding is to babies’ health. When a mother chooses to breastfeed she will provide her baby with many benefits including decreased incidence of ear infections, gastrointestinal problems, obesity and other health issues.

We provide support and resources to women who decide to breastfeed such as education before and after the baby is born as well as hands-on teaching from specially trained maternity nurses and Certified Lactation Consultants. Our caring staff also helps women experiencing difficulty breastfeeding.

Flushing Hospital Medical offers a free breastfeeding support group every Wednesday from 1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m. in the 5 West Conference Room. This group is open to all lactating mothers in the community, regardless if they have given birth at Flushing Hospital. The group is facilitated by an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and/or Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Classes are offered in English and Spanish.

We also offer a free infant feeding class to expectant mothers on Tuesdays from 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m.  in the 5 East Centering Room. All are invited to attend.

To schedule a breastfeeding education session or for further information, please call 718-670-5201 or 670-5501.

 Flushing Hospital’s Nursing Room

Flushing Hospital Medical Center encourages and supports a mother’s decision to breastfeed. As part of our commitment to providing breastfeeding moms with valuable resources, we now offer a Mother’s Nursing Room on the ground floor of the main hospital lobby. This allows women more privacy to feed their babies or pump milk in a clean and spacious environment. It is our policy that any employee or member of the community who needs to express breast milk or breastfeed their baby will have access to this room. We welcome you to visit our admitting office to request the keys to our Mother’s Nursing Room.