Nutrition Services Lactation
Nutrition Services Lactation

The Lactation Management Team is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children by meeting the needs of mothers and babies. The team promotes, educates, supports and assists all mothers who are providing breastmilk. The Team will encourage initiation and maintenance of breastmilk, as this is the optimal nutrition for all babies, especially ill or preterm infants

Lactation Consultants practice at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas, both inpatient and outpatient area. 

Clinical Services

Our lactation consultants talk with mothers at the bedside, by phone, during outpatient appointments in various Children’s Mercy Clinics and by scheduled outpatient lactation consultations. Many mothers and babies have a successful lactation experience. However, at Children's Mercy Hospital, we realize that some mothers and babies need special clinical assistance and education to achieve this same goal.

We assist with common mother/baby concerns as well as issues including:
  • Mother/baby separation
  • Dysfunctional suck
  • Slow weight gain
  • Engorgement
  • Low milk supply 
  • Prematurity
  • Cardiac defect
  • Neurological impairment
  • Twins/Triplets
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Down Syndrome


The Lactation Team includes BSN/MSN nurses who are board certified through the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Team members have education and experience in lactation, maternal/child health, pediatrics and neonatology.

Barb Lawson RN, BSN, IBCLC, Manager
Anne Mercer RN,MSN,IBCLC
Shy Potts RN, ADN, IBCLC
Cindie Luchtefeld RN, BSN, IBCLC
Deb Fleury RN, BSN, IBCLC
Dawn Williams-Kleoppel, Lactation Tech

Pumping Rooms

Children's Mercy provides several pumping rooms for mothers. The rooms are available to all breastfeeding mothers with children at Children's Mercy.


  • Same-day surgery waiting room
  • 3rd Floor by outpatient clinics
  • Near Security by snack shop (Main Campus)
  • By Boardroom (near SCAN and Surgery Clinic)


The Intensive Care Nursery is equipped with a designated room that consists of three separate stalls with privacy curtains. Each is equipped with a Medela Symphony breast pump. The room has a sink, towels, and bottles. Inpatient rooms have availability of a Symphony Pump to be brought to the room of the patient. These pumps are intended to be shared between rooms. They are cleaned when transferred to another room.


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