Certified lactation consultants are available 7 days a week. They provide lactation support to all nursing mothers whose infant were born prematurely, as well as for mothers of full term infants who request support. Electric breast pumps are also available for mothers to use when visiting their infants, and there is a breast milk storage refrigerator within the Special Care Nursery if needed. The lactation consultants also provide out-patient follow up and support in the hospital setting after the infants are discharged home.
A dedicated team of social workers consult with families of infants in the Special Care Nursery. They provide families with community resource referrals, assist with discharge planning, help arrange visiting nurse services, and provide emotional support.