Breastfeeding and Inpatient Lactation Services
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
|Phone: (650) 723-4118
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Our Maternity Unit lactation consultants are available to provide information, support and direct patient care to Packard Children’s Hospital inpatients who are having trouble breastfeeding their babies. We know that while breastfeeding is natural, it is not always easy.
The goals of our breastfeeding and lactation services are to:
- Increase knowledge and confidence among new families
- Promote successful breastfeeding experiences
Accessing Lactation Support and ServicesBefore birth. We recommend that you attend a prenatal breastfeeding class before your baby is born to provide the foundation for a successful breastfeeding experience. Expectant mothers are welcome to call us with questions before delivery.
In the hospital. Every maternity nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is trained in breastfeeding techniques. If you need specialized care and extra support, lactation consultants are available on a daily basis to help you. Your nurse can arrange a consultation with one of our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs).
Breastfeeding classes are held daily at 11:30 am on the Maternity Unit to provide specialized, hands-on breastfeeding support. They are the perfect place to have all your breastfeeding questions answered and to assess your progress. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) teach our classes.
After hospital discharge. Once you and your baby go home, our lactation consultants are available by phone. We do not provide in-person consultations or outpatient visits, but invite you to browse our list of local breastfeeding resources.
- Register for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital’s Becoming Parents Breastfeeding Seminar
- Learn more about breastfeeding your baby
- Getting started with breastfeeding – Stanford University School of Medicine