At The Birth & Family Center, our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) provide high quality lactation care and services to mothers and infants. IBCLCs are highly trained professionals who help all moms establish and sustain breastfeeding, especially in complex or high-risk situations.
After your baby’s delivery, one of our lactation consultants will visit to assist you and your baby during your hospital stay. Their goal is to understand your personal breastfeeding needs and address any questions or concerns you have to help ensure breastfeeding success. They will show you various positions for optimal latching, feeding and burping, and teach you how to recognize your baby’s hunger cues and feeding habits.
The joyful closeness and bonding with your baby is just one of the many benefits of breastfeeding. Breast milk not only provides all the nutrients your baby needs for healthy growth and development, but it also contains antibodies, cells and hormones that protect babies from illnesses and chronic conditions. While breastfeeding is natural, you may need additional support. Our lactation specialists provide you with the support you need to successfully feed your baby as you establish a nursing routine.
For those who bottle feed, our lactation consultants will assist with appropriate nutrition for your baby, as well as instruction about safe preparation and feeding of infant formulas. They will also discuss post partum breast care.
Our IBCLCs are staffed seven days a week, including most late evenings.
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Grand View Health is a proud participant of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Keystone 10 Initiative: protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in Pennsylvania.