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Pennsylvania Hospital

Our lactation team is dedicated to helping you meet your infant feeding goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will benefit from a prenatal lactation appointment?

  • Women who had a disappointing breastfeeding experience in the past
  • Those with diabetes or gestational diabetes
  • Expectant mothers with unique concerns about infant feeding
  • Those whose babies are likely to need special help with breastfeeding
  • Mothers-to-be expecting more than one!

Who should make an appointment for after hospital discharge?

  • Mothers who are concerned about baby’s weight or their milk supply
  • Anyone who supplemented in the hospital and wants to get back to exclusive breastfeeding
  • Women experiencing breast or nipple pain
  • Mothers whose babies are having difficulty with latch
  • Those wanting to tailor a plan for return to work
  • Parents of babies who seem unusually fussy

What happens during a consultation?

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will take a history, observe a feeding, use a scale to measure your baby’s intake, work with you to create a plan, and send a report to your primary healthcare provider. A consultation generally takes about an hour. Many families come in multiple times.

How much does a consultation cost?

Many insurance plans cover lactation services under the Affordable Care Act with no co-pay. If your insurance does not cover, there are affordable self-pay options available.

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