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.
Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic
Occasionally, breastfeeding problems occur that are not easily solved by telephone advice. In this instance, you and your baby may benefit by making an appointment to see a Certified Lactation Consultant in our Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic. The Lactation Consultant will assist you in identifying the cause of the problem and will work with you to plan the management of your situation.
At your individual clinic visit, the Lactation Consultant will review your breastfeeding course, observe a feeding session and provide you with a breastfeeding plan. If appropriate, she will notify your doctor of your progress and her recommendations. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of an appointment with a Certified Lactation Consultant. Some insurance companies will require a referral from your primary care physician prior to your appointment. To make an appointment with one of our Lactation Consultants, please call 978-937-6334.