Plan to give your baby the best possible start!
Lactation consultations are by appointment only. Please call 239-343-5186 to schedule.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocates breastfeeding as the optimal form of nutrition for infants. The AAP states that "human milk and breastfeeding of infants provide advantages with regard to general health, growth and development, while significantly decreasing risk for a large number of acute and chronic diseases."
Our board-certified lactation consultants assist mothers to become more comfortable with feeding their infants. New moms are encouraged to ask about how to:
- Know your baby is getting enough milk
- Determine that breastfeeding is going well
- Return to work and continue breastfeeding
Recognizing that breastfeeding is normal, desirable and achievable, our lactation consultants provide education, help and support for nursing mothers throughout Lee and surrounding counties. Our consultants make rounds and offer assistance to breastfeeding moms. The staff works closely with you and your physician to assure a team approach to your care.
All of our lactation consultants are board certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). The IBLCE examination is the leading, internationally recognized measure of competence in lactation consulting. There are more than 12,000 IBLCE certified lactation consultants in the country.
Lactation services include:
- Bedside, outpatient and telephone consultations
- Certified bra fitting and sales
- Breastfeeding supplies and breast pump rental
- Prenatal breastfeeding
Assisting Breastfeeding Mothers
Experienced, new and soon-to-be moms can all benefit from our various programs. Our staff is ready to assist with:
- Difficult latch-on
- Perceived or actual low milk supply
- Sore nipples
- Breast engorgement
- Infant with slow weight gain
- Re-lactation or induced lactation
- Mothers returning to work
- Flat or inverted nipples
- Nursing twins, triplets, or more
- Selecting and purchasing a nursing bra or breast pump
- Education materials
During those times when a lactation consultant is unavailable, mothers can turn to our highly trained obstetrical nursing staff for basic breastfeeding education and support.
Consultations and Counseling
Lee Memorial Health System offers a number of addition lactation services, including:
- One-on-one specialized consultations
- Inpatient consultations
- Telephone consultations
- Detailed and comprehensive prenatal counseling
ONE 2-HOUR CLASS $20
Plan to give your baby the best possible start. Come to breastfeeding class and learn about the benefits, getting started and common problems encountered in the first few weeks. All classes are taught by board certified lactation consultants. Offered at HealthPark Medical Center, Cape Coral Hospital and Gulf Coast Medical Center.
Email us at Prenatal-Class@leememorial.org