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Breastfeeding Support

Support For Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies

When you start breastfeeding your newborn, it is important to remember that even though breastfeeding is “natural,” it still requires the learning of skills for you and your baby. While things can and do go smoothly once you get a handle on breastfeeding techniques, issues can sometimes arise. When they do, breastfeeding issues may grow worse very quickly and interfere with your milk production or your baby’s ability to get the nutrition he or she needs. For this reason, it is important for you to get help right away if you experience nursing challenges.

When you need additional breastfeeding help, you can trust the experts at Mile Bluff are here to guide and support you and your baby.

Mile Bluff resources for nursing mothers:

  • Childbirth education classes. Covers everything of what to expect when you’re expecting, including an introduction to breastfeeding basics.
  • RN staff support. Nurses are your primary point of contact during your hospital stay after delivery. Mile Bluff’s Birth Center RNs are qualified to provide general breastfeeding assessment and guidance to support early breastfeeding.
  • Primary care providers. Before and after delivery, primary care providers can answer any questions you may have about breastfeeding. After delivery, they can assess how you and your baby are doing with breastfeeding and make referrals for additional care, if needed.
  • Registered dietitians. With a referral, dietitians can help you set nutrition goals to support you and baby while breastfeeding.
  • Lactation consultation. Active support and assessment from an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) can help you achieve success for however you choose to feed your baby. Consultations are available in Mauston and New Lisbon.

About Mile Bluff’s Lactation Consultations

At Mile Bluff, lactation consultations are provided by our certified nurse midwife who is also an advanced nurse practitioner and IBCLC. If needed, our midwife can diagnose and prescribe treatment to both you and baby during an office visit for lactation concerns. Our midwife works closely with your primary care provider, and any other people you feel should be included in your care.

Common reasons for a lactation consultation include:

  • Premature/NICU baby
  • Multiples (twins)
  • Baby with special conditions (e.g. clef lip/palate, down syndrome)
  • Complex breast issues or pain
  • Mastitis
  • Plugged ducts
  • Cracked/sore/infected nipples
  • Tongue/lip ties
  • Low milk supply/ insufficient glandular tissue (IGT)
  • Overproduction
  • Pumping
  • Alternative lactation solutions for same-sex couples or adoptive mothers

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.

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