Breastfeeding Support

St. Francis Medical Center believes that breastfeeding is the foundation of children’s nutrition and emotional development. Breast milk is more easily digested by baby and is filled with antibodies that help protect them against infection. Breastfeeding also promotes bonding and contributes to a special, loving relationship with your newborn.

Some mothers find breastfeeding more difficult than they expected; however, most difficulties can be overcome with guidance and support. Parents may have questions about feeding schedules, engorgement, milk storage, allowed medications, and more. Let’s face it, there’s a lot to know about breastfeeding. We have answers.

Our lactation consultants provide individualized breastfeeding support throughout all stages of breastfeeding for mom, baby, and even dad.

Our inpatient and outpatient lactation services address:

  • Latch difficulty
  • Nipple pain
  • Management of plugged ducts/engorgement
  • Breast pumping
  • Returning to work plans and support
  • Education on the weaning process
  • Assessment of milk supply (low milk supply or overabundant supply)
  • Weight concerns
  • Support for preterm infants as needed
  • Maternal medications/infectious disease and breast-feeding consults
  • Connect with a lactation consultant!

Our board-certified lactation consultants are available for consults. You will need a referral/physician order to schedule an appointment. We are happy to assist with this process. To speak to one of our experienced, internationally-certified breastfeeding specialists call (318) 966-4043.

Expecting and want to get a head start on breastfeeding your baby? Visit our Prenatal Classes page today by clicking here and signing up for a free Breastfeeding Class.

Helpful Resources

ParentingU Podcast: Breastfeeding 101

Breastfeeding is natural, but it can be challenging, especially in the beginning. Being prepared can make all the difference.

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ParentingU Podcast: Pumping Breast Milk

Every breastfeeding journey is unique, and a single approach won’t work for all moms.

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TParentingU Podcast: Breastfeeding in the NICU

No one plans for a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), but families who are experiencing that reality can still meet their breastfeeding goals with support. .

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The Basics of Breastfeeding

Pediatricians recommend breastfeeding as your baby’s sole source of nutrition for the first six months, and with other food until your child’s first birthday. Breastfeeding can be continued for as long as both mother and baby want.

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