Breastfeeding is more than a lifestyle choice; it’s an important health decision that provides life-long benefits for both mother and baby. A staff of physicians, certified lactation consultants and registered nurses are committed to providing families with the education, encouragement and support to meet all their breastfeeding needs.
The Leaders in Caring Support for New Mothers and Their Babies
Following the birth of your baby, your nurse will provide the assistance you need to breastfeed your baby. You will learn how to watch for hunger cues, positioning and latch techniques and how to tell if your baby is getting enough to eat. If you and your baby are separated temporarily after birth due to health issues, your nurse will help instruct and assist you in establishing a milk supply using the hospital breast pumps. In addition to your nurse, there is also a team of Breastfeeding Support Nurses, who have received additional training to assist you with an advanced level of support, if needed.
We also offer highly trained and experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, who oversee and assist with any complex breastfeeding concerns. They will assist moms learning how to breastfeed infants who are having difficulty latching and/or suckling at the breast, feeding multiple infants, feeding preterm infants as well as assisting with milk supply concerns.
The experienced certified lactation consultants offer the following services:
- Individual bedside consultations
- Lactation Help Line for free phone consultations
- Outpatient clinics specializing in breastfeeding support
- Assistance with breast pump rental and supplies
Multidisciplinary Breastfeeding Support Clinic
The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) offers an outpatient clinic providing support to mothers and infants with breastfeeding difficulties including:
- Inadequate weight gain
- Latch difficulty
- History of breast surgery
- Nipple pain
- Inverted nipples
- Low milk supply
- Any other breastfeeding related issues for mom or baby
This multidisciplinary breastfeeding clinic is staffed by a lactation consultant as well as an OBGYN and pediatrician specializing in breastfeeding support. Patients may call for an appointment, or their primary care provider may refer them to the clinic. Appointments are covered by most insurance plans. The Center also offers a monthly support group for breastfeeding mothers lead by a healthcare professional.
If you have concerns about your infant that need immediate attention, please contact your child's pediatrician or other primary care provider.
For non-urgent breastfeeding questions call the Lactation Help Line at 734-232-7885. A Certified Lactation Consultant can be reached Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.