Breastfeeding and Lactation Support
Benefits of breastfeeding
Interested in learning more about the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby?
When should I get breastfeeding help?
Please call us or schedule a visit to talk about any questions or concerns you have about breastfeeding. New motherhood can feel lonely and overwhelming at times, and we’re here to reassure and support you and your baby.
Schedule a visit with our lactation consultant if you’re struggling with:
- Getting your baby to latch or suck
- A delayed or overabundant milk supply
- Sore nipples
- Recurrent breast infections (mastitis) OR
- If your baby is losing excessive weight (more than 10% of birthweight)
What to expect at your first lactation visit
At your first 60 minute consultation, your provider will get to know you and your baby as well as answer your specific concerns and questions about breastfeeding.
Because all moms and babies are unique, your provider will collaborate with you to find solutions that match your needs. These may include:
- Showing you how to position your baby on the breast for proper latching
- Providing tips for increasing your milk supply
- Offering advice for avoiding or managing breast infections
- Creating special feeding strategies for premature babies, multiples, or infants who have special medical conditions
- Helping you plan for returning to work (pumping, maintaining breast milk supply, supplementing and storing breast milk)
Meet Dr. Rebecca Hicks, pediatrican and certified lactation consultant
We’re proud to have Dr. Rebecca Hicks leading our Lactation Support Team. As one of the only pediatricians certified as a lactation consultant in Central Oregon, Dr. Hicks is passionate about helping babies thrive and new moms breastfeed successfully. Trained at Stanford University, she has over 5,000 hours of hands-on lactation consulting experience and has been a general pediatrician and newborn hospitalist since 2009.