Breastfeeding Lactation Support

mother nursing an infant

We Can Help with Your Breastfeeding Concerns

Breastfeeding is one of the most important decisions you will make for your baby. Inova is fully committed to offering comprehensive lactation services and support at each of our birth centers to assist parents. Support is especially important and helpful in special medical situations such as breastfeeding a premature or sick newborn.

Hospital Lactation Consultations and Boutiques

For more information about breastfeeding consultation services at Inova, see details below:

Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine (Outpatient)

The Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine Program at Inova combines expert clinical experience with dedicated, personalized care to allow each family to find their best version of breastfeeding success. Learn more arrow

Breastfeeding Medicine can assist with many breastfeeding related issues that parents may face, including:

  • Latch difficulty
  • Infant slow weight gain
  • Tongue-tie assessment and frenotomy
  • Low milk production
  • Oversupply, engorgement or plugged milk ducts
  • Nipple pain or injury
  • Breast and nipple infections
  • Prematurity
  • Feeding of twins/multiples
  • Weaning
  • Breastfeeding following maternal breast surgery
  • Pumping and/or returning to work
  • Inducing lactation for adoption
Breastfeeding Services at Inova

Sensitive to Your Cultural Needs: Our Consultants Collaborate with You and Your Baby

Inova offers international board-certified lactation consultants who provide the following services:

  • Private lactation consultations, including weight checks and nursing bra fittings
  • Breastfeeding advice by phone
  • Breastfeeding in challenging situations, such as premature or sick infants, infants in special medical situations, or breastfeeding twins or triplets
  • Basic position and latch of the infant
  • Practices that promote successful breastfeeding
  • Preventing and managing common concerns such as poor latch, inadequate milk transfer or supply, nipple or breast pain, and calming a fussy baby
  • Milk expression and storage for parents who must be separated from their babies
  • Strategies for breastfeeding after returning to work
  • Breastpump information, rental and sales
  • Breastfeeding supplies, including nursing bras and apparel, nursing pads and pillows, lanolin and milk storage bags
Why is breastfeeding best for my baby?

Good Reasons to Breastfeed

Breast milk provides all the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs. Breastfed babies and their breastfeeding parents benefit from numerous health benefits.

Breastfed babies have less:

  • Respiratory and ear infections
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Allergies
  • Obesity
  • Doctor visits

Parents who breastfeed have less:

  • Post-partum hemorrhage
  • Post-partum depression
  • Cancers, such as breast and endometrial
  • Lost work time
Parent and Baby Support Group

Breastfeeding Mother's Support Group

This is a virtual one-hour Breastfeeding Support Group that meets every Wednesday at 12:30 PM Eastern Standard Time and is led by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Breastfeeding concerns discussed include milk supply, maintaining breastfeeding when returning to work, breastfeeding in public and breast pumping. Meet other breastfeeding mothers in a safe, private group setting with a lactation consultant facilitator. There are no fees for participation in this group. Registration is required: Register Online