The team at Memorial Health University Medical Center believes that breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for you and your baby, and can help you develop a close and special relationship. While breastfeeding is a natural process, it is also a learned art.
We have a team of four board-certified lactation consultants who provide education about breastfeeding, advice on dealing with problems, and tips on how to continue breastfeeding when returning to work. Additional lactation services include:
- Inpatient assistance – Bedside counseling, education, and assistance for moms with babies in the neonatal intensive care nursery.
- Telephone counseling – A 24-hour hotline that provides answers to commonly asked questions and concerns about breastfeeding. The number is (912) 350-8164.
- Breastfeeding education – Breastfeeding classes for both expectant moms and new moms.
- Office consultation – Our lactation consultant will meet one-on-one with all physician referrals and self-referrals by appointment.
- Equipment and supplies – Electric breast pumps are available for short- and long-term rental. Manual breast pumps, supplemental feeding systems, and other breastfeeding supplies are for sale at reasonable prices.
If you are a breastfeeding mom and you need assistance, call (912) 350-8164.
When to Call for Help
- If you are not experiencing any breast fullness or heaviness by the fourth day after delivery.
- If your baby is having fewer than three loose, yellow stools per 24 hours by the fourth day of life.
- If your baby is having fewer than four soaked diapers beginning on the fourth day of life.
- If your baby is not eating at least eight times in a 24-hour period.
- If your breasts or nipples are sore.
- If your baby seems hungry and won't latch on.