At Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, we understand the importance of breastfeeding and the long-lasting benefits for you and your baby. Learning how to breastfeed can be challenging especially in the beginning and our staff is available to help your family get off to a healthy start. Babies are born to breastfeed, however, it is a learned skill for both mom and baby. We value and recognize the uniqueness of each mother-baby couplet. Our Lactation Services are available to provide breastfeeding support.
Experience You Can Trust
- Our Family Centered Care approach encourages the active involvement of supporting family members and friends who can make breastfeeding easier and more beneficial for mothers and their babies.
- Our staff nurses within Women’s & Children’s Services participate in annual and on-going breastfeeding education
- Our Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) are on staff to provide additional clinical expertise in the management of complicated breastfeeding issues.
- Our Lactation Consultants provide an evidenced-based approach that empowers families to make informed choices to help them achieve their breastfeeding goals.
- We offer free monthly breastfeeding classes for women who are pregnant and considering breastfeeding.
While You are Here
- As a patient, breastfeeding assistance is provided as soon after delivery as possible and throughout your stay, 24 hours/day, seven days a week by our staff nurses.
- During your stay, you will be visited by our Lactation Consultant to assess your educational and breastfeeding needs.
- If a baby is admitted to the NICU, one of our Lactation Consultants will help a mother initiate and maintain an adequate milk supply. When the baby is able to breastfeed, the Lactation Consultant is available to help.
- In addition, our Lactation Consultants can help a mother and/or baby in any unit in the hospital. When necessary, we provide a hospital grade pump to be used while the mother or baby is in the hospital.
After You go Home
- Postpartum follow-up phone calls after discharge to check on your recovery and identify potential breastfeeding challenges.
Additional Breastfeeding Resources
International Lactation Consultant Association is a worldwide network of lactation professionals. To find out more information about Lactation Consultants visit Ilca.org.