St. Joseph's

Breastfeeding (Lactation) Support and Consultation

If you’ve made a commitment to breastfeeding your baby, count on us to support your decision in every way through one-on-one personal consultation, classes and Web resources.

Personal Lactation Consultant

Your Birth Center lactation consultant is the person you can depend on for breastfeeding help following childbirth.

  • Your resource person will visit you as often as you need assistance while you are in hospital
  • After you leave the hospital, feel free to contact the lactation consultant by phone or in person if you have questions.

At St. Joseph’s Hospital, our lactation consultant is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), having achieved the highest level of education for lactation professionals. She is ready to help with any questions or concerns you may have, including:

  • Prevention and management of plugged ducts or mastitis
  • Prevention and management of sore nipples
  • Nutrition while nursing
  • Medications and breastfeeding
  • Previous breast surgery
  • Increasing a low milk supply
  • Feeding problems
  • The slow-weight-gain baby
  • The jaundiced baby
  • Nursing twins, triplets, etc.
  • Nursing the premature baby
  • Nursing the baby with Down’s syndrome
  • Nursing the baby with a cleft lip or palate
  • Suck/swallow difficulties
  • Food intolerance or allergies
  • The chronically "fussy" baby
  • Supporting breastfeeding during mother/baby separation (hospitalization, work, or school)

Take a Class - Preparing for Breastfeeding

This class is designed for expectant parents who are considering or planning to breastfeed. Topics include: breastfeeding benefits, nutrition, breast care, breast pumps, and techniques to enhance your nursing experience. Visit our Education and Classes page to sign up!

Breast Pumps

Our certified lactation consultant can help you decide what kind of pump to rent or buy for use at home. She can also inform you about local resources for renting and purchasing pumps.

Feeding your Baby – Resources from the Health Library

Our health library offers lots of helpful information about feeding your baby, whether you choose bottle feeding or breastfeeding. Visit the Pregnancy and Newborns page in the library under the Feeding Your Baby section for topics like:

  • Breastfeeding Basics
  • Breastfeeding Difficulties
  • Going Back to Work
  • Pumping and Storing Breast Milk
  • Breastfeeding Your High-Risk Newborn
  • Infant Nutrition
  • Feeding Guide for the First Year
  • Bottle-Feeding