If you are an expectant or new mother who chooses to breastfeed, UPMC Hamot has board certified lactation consultants and breastfeeding counselors who can provide you with breastfeeding education, support, and guidance in purchasing top-quality equipment.
After returning home, new questions and concerns about breastfeeding often arise, including:
- Milk supply
- Infant weight gain
- Returning to work
It is shown that mothers who receive ongoing lactation guidance can commonly breastfeed for longer periods. UPMC Hamot offers new mothers lactation support following hospital discharge through one-on-one appointments, support group meetings, and hotline support.
One-on-one outpatient lactation appointments can be scheduled through our lactation consultants by calling 814-877-6722. There is a fee for outpatient lactation appointments. Some health insurance policies cover the cost of these consultations. Please check with your provider if you have questions about your coverage and reimbursement process.
Group Support for Breastfeeding Mothers
Boosting Breastfeeding Success
The UPMC Hamot Health Connection offers Boosting Breastfeeding Success, a group consultation for mothers who have babies under three weeks old. This small group consultation includes a review of latching –which is key to successful breastfeeding, measures your baby’s weight gain, and provides simple tips to encourage a positive breastfeeding experience. Call 814-877-6722 for more information.
Support Group Meetings
Ongoing breastfeeding support group meetings are also available every first Thursday of the month for women who are breastfeeding and their babies. These meetings are held in the UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital at 6:30 p.m. Pregnant women are welcome, too.
Calm Lines: Hotline Support
We also offer Calm Lines, a 24/7 hotline support to new mothers who need quick answers or helpful suggestions. Please call 814-877-6722 during the day and 814-877-8400 in the evening and overnight.
Our lactation consultants can provide you with information about UPMC Hamot breast pump rentals and guide you through our selection of breast pumps, lactation apparel, and other breastfeeding supplies.