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Lactation Services

Offering Support, Education and Assistance

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 does support 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
  • Flat/inverted nipples
  • Plugged ducts, mastitis
  • Use of breast pumps, milk expression and milk storage
  • Relactation
  • Use of supplemental nutrition system
  • Weaning
  • Breastfeeding multiples
  • Infants with special needs
  • Adoption

Where We Help

MultiCare Lactation 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 Lactation 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 lactation support sonsultations.
  • 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 Saturday, 10am – 2:30pm, by appointment. Call 253-545-2522.
    • 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.

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.