Lactation Support Services Overview

The Center for Women and Newborns encourages and supports breastfeeding. We recognize that breast milk meets the total nutritional needs of term infants and is the preferred basis of nutrition for premature babies. In addition, breast milk provides anti-infection benefits to newborns, is economical for the family and also contributes to mother/infant bonding.

The department of Nursing, Nutrition, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology support the World Health Organization/UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital initiative in the promotion of breastfeeding.

What is a Lactation Consultant?

Certified lactation consultants have advanced training in breastfeeding support and education. We help mothers and families initiate and maintain breastfeeding, overcome obstacles and provide emotional and educational support to prevent early weaning and enhance maternal satisfaction.

We provide:

  • Consultation for diagnosis and treatment of problems and special breastfeeding situations*
  • Education for all hospital staff on the benefits of human milk and the skills necessary to support breastfeeding

*Inpatient bedside consultations are available for:

  • Flat or inverted nipples
  • Latch-on or suck difficulties
  • Breast infections
  • Maternal breast surgery
  • Breastfeeding premature infants
  • Breastfeeding infants with medical/surgical neurological needs
  • Outpatient Lactation Support
    • Please contact 617-525-4120 for virtual and in-person lactation consults.

Where can I breastfeed or pump while visiting Brigham and Women’s Hospital?

A freestanding lactation suite is available for use in the waiting area of the Center for Women and Newborns, a public space adjacent to the main lobby on the first floor of 75 Francis Street. The suite offers a safe, private and convenient space for nursing moms to breastfeed and pump breast milk. The suite is wheelchair accessible, equipped with a hospital-grade breast pump, has two comfortable benches, a fold-down table, power outlets, and a door that can be locked for privacy. Nursing moms can locate and unlock the pod with a free app from Mamava and its Bluetooth-enabled SmartLock, available on the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

For more information on breastfeeding, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit Breastfeeding Guide & Tips and also our Guide for New Parents.

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