CHOC’s expert team of physicians, certified lactation consultants, nurses and dietitians are committed to giving your family the education and support to help you meet your breastfeeding and milk production goals while your baby is in the hospital. Support is available in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at CHOC and at the CHOC NICU at St. Joseph Hospital, as well as other CHOC hospital units where babies may receive treatment.
We are proud to offer comprehensive lactation services for moms and babies during your stay at CHOC.
We also proudly provide:
- Supplies to collect and transport milk to the hospital. We will provide all of the supplies you need to pump, collect and transport your milk to the hospital while your baby is staying with us. Supplies include bottles, labels, a human milk pump kit and a cleaning basin.
- Text messages when a baby’s human milk supply is getting low. CHOC closely tracks the human milk you have brought in for your baby. In an effort to reach you when the supply is running low, we offer automated text messaging to let you know when it is time to bring in more milk. This service is optional.
- Educational materials and classes. Upon your baby’s admission to the hospital, we will provide you with educational materials and a pumping kit that will help you breastfeed or pump while at CHOC.
A Specially Trained Team
Babies in the hospital often require a special team for feeding. Our highly specialized nurses, dietitians and medical team all work together with the lactation team to help support mom’s lactation goal, whether it is to breastfeed, pump to provide milk or a combination of both.
Lactation Medical Director. Dr. Christine Bixby is CHOC’s medical director of lactation services. Dr. Bixby specializes in caring for premature infants and is involved in research studies focusing on issues related to human milk, establishing a milk supply and using human milk for premature babies.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). An IBCLC is a healthcare professional specializing in the clinical management of breastfeeding and lactation. Our lactation consultants have specialized training above and beyond their other distinctions as either a registered nurse (RN) or registered dietitian (RD). CHOC lactation consultants are available for hands-on education and assistance with breastfeeding and pumping needs and provide one-on-one support and guidance during pumping and breastfeeding. Our IBCLCs also work very closely with CHOC’s developmental team, which has training and experience in feeding babies who have development challenges.
Diet Technician Registered (DTR). CHOC has a team of DTRs who expertly handle all human milk and formula preparation at the Nutrition Lab. DTRs have completed a minimum of an associate degree and have successfully completed the registration examination for dietetic technician.
Outpatient Lactation Resources
Breast Pumps for rent, purchase & assorted breastfeeding supplies. Lactation consults available.
Private lactation consults available.
Breast Pumps for rent & assorted breastfeeding supplies. Private lactation consults available.
Breastfeeding classes and private lactation consults available in both Spanish and English.
Contact your local WIC office for lactation support and breast pumps. WIC offers a variety of support for breastfeeding moms.
A CHOC lactation consultant shares the benefits of breastfeeding and how to support parents in honor of World Breastfeeding Week.
This year’s World Breastfeeding Week centers around the shared responsibility for breastfeeding. Learn ways to support a breastfeeding parent.