Lactation Services at Mile Bluff
Support for breastfeeding mothers and babies
When a mother is breastfeeding, she may encounter obstacles or challenges.
If this happens, it is important to remember that even though breastfeeding
is 'natural,' it still requires the learning of skills.
Consistent, evidence-based, scientific, and active supportive help from
an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is what
helps mothers achieve success for however they choose to feed their babies.
Using medical evaluations, evidence-based medicine and consistent lactation
support, IBCLC helps mothers address breastfeeding challenges.
Common reasons for a lactation services visit include:
- premature/NICU baby
- multiples (twins)
- baby with special conditions
- babies refusing to take a bottle/breast
- complex breast issues or pain
- plugged ducts
- cracked/sore/infected nipples
- tongue/lip ties
- low milk supply/ insufficient glandular tissue
- alternative lactation solutions for same-sex couples or adoptive mothers
A Midwife Can Help!
Certified nurse midwives are advanced nurse practitioners who can diagnose and prescribe treatment,
if need be, to both mom and baby during an office visit for lactation concerns.
lactation consultants are nurses or other professionals that cannot diagnose or prescribe treatment.
However, the unique service a certified nurse midwife can provide, creates
a one-stop-shop for both mom and her baby. A midwife can provide consistent
one-on-one help, education, and treatment for everyone during breastfeeding.
What to Expect
An initial lactation consultation takes place between the provider, mother
and baby. The visit generally lasts one hour and includes the following.
- completing a thorough history and examination – of mother and baby
- weighing the newborn before and after feeding – for milk transfer
- observing of the feeding
- developing a collaborative lactation plan
After the visit, a follow-up may take place by phone or return appointment,
as needed. The midwife will also provide information about the visit to
the mother’s primary care provider, and any others the mother requests
to be included in her care.
All patients welcome!
Mothers do not need to be patients of the Mile Bluff Medical Center health
system to receive the breastfeeding help they need. A lactation consultation
visit is a specialty service, but it is billed through insurance as a
regular office visit.
Those who are looking for lactation support are encouraged to call their
insurance carrier for details on specific coverage. To make an appointment
for a lactation consultation, call Mile Bluff Clinic at 608-847-5000.