MultiCare provides the information you need to make an informed decision about feeding your baby. We understand that whether or not to breastfeed is a very personal choice. So whatever feeding method is right for you, we will give you and your baby the support you need.
MultiCare supports the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that breastfeeding is the ideal method of infant feeding. If you select breastfeeding, we are dedicated to ensuring that you will gain the confidence and skill to begin and continue breastfeeding your child.
How We Help
After delivery, your nurse can help you with basic breastfeeding. In addition, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) or nurse with IBCLC certification is available to help you at all our Family Birth Centers throughout your hospital stay.
We offer moms a wide range of breastfeeding support and help, including:
Newborn position and latch
Maintaining milk supply when baby and mother are separated
Specialized help for premature infants
Slow or poor weight gain
Sore nipples and engorgement
Low milk supply
Reluctant or difficult nursers
Returning to work while breastfeeding
Plugged ducts, mastitis
Use of breast pumps, milk expression and milk storage
Use of supplemental nutrition system
Infants with special needs
Where We Help
MultiCare Breastfeeding Support Services are available to new moms both in the hospital and after mom and baby have gone home.
In the Hospital
After delivery, your nurse can help you with basic breastfeeding. In addition, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is available to help you at all our Family Birth Centers throughout your hospital stay.
When You're Home
After you’ve gone home, we are still available to help, and you have two options for getting our support:
Virtual Breastfeeding Support Consultations: We can help you from your home, workplace or wherever it’s easy for you, with a virtual visit with one of our ARNP lactation consultants. You will simply need a computer, webcam and speakers or a smartphone/tablet. Learn more about virtual breastfeeding support consultations.
Outpatient Consultations Clinic: In-person visits with our lactation consultants are also available at these Family Birth Center locations:
MultiCare Auburn Medical Center: Monday through Friday, 12pm – 2:30pm, by appointment. Call 253-545-2522.
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital: By appointment. To set up a lactation consult with an IBCLC, call 253-433-4522 (ILAC).
MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital: Seven days a week, 8am – 4pm, by appointment. Our consultants are also available by phone seven days a week, 8am to 4pm. Call 253-403-1331.
MultiCare Valley Hospital: Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm, by appointment. Call 509-473-5706.
MultiCare Deaconess Hospital: Monday through Saturday, 8am – 4pm, by appointment. Call 509-473-7056 to schedule an appointment or to talk with a Lactation Consultant. Deaconess Hospital also offers a free, walk-in clinic (including pre and post-feeding baby weigh-ins) every Thursday 10am - 12pm.
Sarah Newport, RN, Lactation Consultant at Tacoma General talks about infant breastfeeding. Learn how to know if your baby is eating enough, how to get a good latch, and signs of jaundice and dehydration.