October 19, 2018

Free breastfeeding clinic available weekly at Catholic Center in Indianapolis

Criterion staff report

Kathy McCoy, a registered nurse and lactation specialist certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, offers a free breastfeeding clinic on Wednesdays at the Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis, from 4:30-8 p.m.

The clinic is run on a drop-in basis—no registration is required. Participants sign in at the front desk of the Catholic Center and will be directed where to go for the clinic.

McCoy, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Indianapolis, has been a lactation consultant since 1987. For her many years of service and for creating and running the drop-in breastfeeding clinic, now in its 10th year, she was awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Perinatal Network.

“I started this [clinic] because none of the downtown hospitals at that time had any kind of support for breastfeeding after women were discharged,” she says. “I wanted it to be centrally located and on a bus line, but I get people from all over central Indiana.

“What’s unique besides the fact that its free is that moms can bring anyone with them they want: children, dads—we frequently have dads—sisters, moms, whoever they want.”

(For more information, visit the “Indy’s Downtown Breastfeeding Drop‑In Center” Facebook page, e-mail kathyrnibclc@hotmail.com, or call Kathy McCoy at 317-902-9105.)

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