The Cherese Mari Laulhere BirthCare Center encourages breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for a baby and special bond between mother and baby. Lactation consultations, educational classes and support groups are available, both during pregnancy and after, to help new moms make the most informed choice about this important decision.
After the baby’s birth, Lactation Support Services are available at the bedside to provide specialized one-on-one training in breastfeeding management to help patients reach their goal. Lactation consultants can help patients by counseling, teaching and guiding moms in new techniques.
The BirthCare Center has an outpatient lactation clinic available for moms who may have a difficult time breastfeeding during the transition home. New moms are welcome to come back to our outpatient clinic after leaving the hospital.
There also is an onsite and online breastfeeding supply store called Essentials Mother/Baby Store.
Essentials Mother/Baby Store
Essentials Mother/Baby Store is located in the BirthCare Center on the 2nd Floor of the hospital. The store is stocked with many breastfeeding products such as numerous types of breast pumps, special breastfeeding bras, baby clothes, breast shells, nursing covers, pillows, how-to guides and much more. Breast pump rentals also are available
Essentials Mother/Baby Store is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are available each week day. Call (562) 933-2744 to schedule your appointment.
Outpatient Lactation Clinic
The Outpatient Lactation Clinic provides assistance and support for women, while helping them to reach their breastfeeding goals. The clinic empowers women with evidence-based quality lactation education, improves and maintains the health status of mothers and babies through nutrition management and provides education to mothers during their breastfeeding experience.
Services are provided by board-certified registered nurse lactation consultants who have advanced training in breastfeeding management. All lactations consultants are experienced in counseling, teaching and problem solving with latching or other breastfeeding issues for breastfeeding mothers.
The Outpatient Lactation Clinic provides many lactation support services:
- Breastfeeding aids
- Learning how to breastfeed with multiples and other situations that may arise
Each lactation consultant visit will consist of observation of the baby breastfeeding, assessment of maternal and infant anatomy, evaluation of breastfeeding troubles, suggestions for resolving difficulties and assessment of infant weight loss or gain.
To schedule a lactation consultation appointment, call (562) 933-2779.