At The Birth & Family Center, our International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) 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. Our services are also accredited by the Keystone 10 Initiative, a quality improvement breastfeeding program aimed at improving the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding for all Pennsylvania infants, mothers and families.
After your baby’s delivery, one of our lactation consultants will visit to help 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 postpartum breast care.
Our IBCLCs are available seven days a week.
Our lactation services are accredited by the Keystone 10 Initiative, a quality improvement breastfeeding program aimed at improving the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding for all Pennsylvania infants, mothers and families.