Breastfeeding support and lactation services
At Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, we understand the importance and long-lasting benefits of breastfeeding 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. While babies are born to breastfeed, it is a learned skill for both mom and baby. We value and recognize the uniqueness of each mother-baby couplet and are happy to provide breastfeeding support through our lactation services team.
Experienced breastfeeding support
- 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.
In-hospital lactation services
- 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.
Continued support 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.