Services We Provide | Overview
We offer services to inpatients at Boston Children’s Hospital who are learning to breastfeed or have breastfeeding difficulties. The Lactation Consultants in the Lactation Support Program work closely with medical and surgical teams, nursing, nutrition and feeding and swallowing programs, as well as with families, to achieve the best outcomes possible for our patients. Mothers who are separated from their infants and unable to breastfeed receive support to establish breastmilk production and maintain milk supply for when their baby is ready to transition to feeding. Management of lactation complications, specialty feeding devices, and breast pump education is part of each clinical consultation.
We offer outpatient lactation consultation services at Primary Care Longwood, on our main campus in the Boston Longwood Medical Area. Your child must be followed by a pediatrician at PCL to use this service. To find a lactation consultant in your area for outpatient services you can try: www.zipmilk.org for information.
Prenatal Lactation Consults–Maternal Fetal Care
We offer prenatal consultation for families expecting a baby with medical complications that may require surgery or hospitalization after birth to help you prepare for how this event will impact your lactation experience. Ask your MFCC provider to schedule a consult.
Mother’s Milk Technicians (MMTs)
We provide support to nursing and nutrition services by preparing enhanced calorie breastmilk feedings for bottle or enteral tube feedings during inpatient stays. Following nutrition orders for increasing calories we prepare a 24-hour supply of breastmilk feedings. The MMTs also use a centrifuge to prepare modified fat (skimmed) breastmilk, and manage Pasteurized Donor Human Milk feedings and inventory.
Breast Pump Rental Program-Hale Family Center for Families
- Medela Symphony breast pumps: short and long term rentals available
- Medela Symphony breast pump kits for use with Symphony pumps in lactation rooms
- employees receive a 20 percent discount on purchases
The Milk Pod™ Lactation Supplies Vending Machine
- located in the Main Lobby, near the inpatient elevators
- retail sales of breast pump spare parts, nipple shields, and lactation aides
- nursing bras, bra pads, and nipple ointment
- Dr. Brown feeding bottles, bottle nipples, and specialty feeders