Lactation Consulting

We’re here for you and your baby, right from the start.

Nurse giving newborn to motherUPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics offers Lactation Consulting, a service that provides breastfeeding education and support to new mothers.

Through Lactation Consulting, a UPMC CCP pediatrician and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) work closely with you to provide breastfeeding education and support. This service is offered in the privacy and comfort of select UPMC CCP offices. We encourage you to schedule a lactation consultation if you and your baby are having any of the following issues:

  • Inability for baby to latch on
  • Formula or pumped milk supplementation is necessary
  • Nipples or breasts are sore
  • New mother, or mother of a NICU or premature baby
  • Weight loss in infant
  • Use of nipple shield or Supplemental Nursing System is necessary
  • History of lactation problems
  • Breast surgery or infertility issues
  • Milk has not come in by 3-5 days post-delivery

What should I expect during my first visit?

During your first visit, the lactation consultant will ask to review the history of your pregnancy, labor and delivery, and medical history. The lactation consultant will conduct a brief exam of you and your baby and will ask you to breastfeed while the consultant observes. During this process the consultant may help you with positioning and getting your baby to latch. The lactation consultant will also help you to recognize the signs of a good feeding.

What should I bring to my first visit?

  • You will need to bring your baby with you to the visit. The infant should to be ready to feed during your appointment.
  • Please bring any breastfeeding equipment that is currently being used or was used in the hospital. You do not need to bring a breast pump.
  • Nursing pillows are available; however, you may bring your own if you prefer.
Find helpful breastfeeding tips in our Health Resources Library.