GBMC Lactation Consultants are available to see every mother who chooses to breastfeed, during her stay in the hospital. The visit consists of basic breastfeeding information, answering any logistical or other questions, as well as giving printed material that includes a breastfeeding log. When necessary, the consultant will perform a complete evaluation of the baby's oral anatomy and suck, and/or mother's breast/nipples, and lactation history. If there are any lactation problems or concerns, these are addressed.
If a hospital-grade pump is needed, they are readily available for a mother to use in her hospital room. If a hospital-grade pump is needed (because of lactation problems), or desired, for home use, it can be rented prior to hospital discharge. On the day of discharge, the lactation consultant reviews basic breastfeeding information and helps the parents develop a feeding plan, when necessary.
If a baby is admitted to the Intensive Care Nursery, the lactation consultant will help a mother initiate and maintain an adequate milk supply. When the baby is able to go to breast, the consultant is available for hands on help. In addition, a GBMC lactation consultant will help a mother and/or baby in any unit in the hospital. When necessary, we provide a hospital grade pump to be used while the mother or baby is in the hospital.
Continued Support After Mom and Baby Go Home
GBMC offers a telephone "Warmline" (443-849-3428) from 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Breastfeeding related questions and advice are offered at no fee. The Warmline receives more than 8,000 breastfeeding related calls per year. They deal with questions on a wide variety of issues, such as medication while breastfeeding, returning to work, and weaning. Outpatient lactation consultations are offered for a fee, with an appointment made in advance.
The Parent Connection Store offers a lactation support program that provides education, equipment rentals, breastfeeding products and nursing bras. Breastfeeding classes are offered to explore the physical and emotional aspects of breastfeeding, offer techniques and address problems such as latching on and adequate milk supply. The knowledgeable and caring staff is available to answer questions and provide support to new parents.
GBMC offers a number of support services including: