For expecting and new mothers who choose to breastfeed, UPMC Hamot has a board-certified lactation consultant and breastfeeding counselors to provide breastfeeding education and support as well as 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
One-on-one, outpatient lactation appointments can be scheduled through our lactation consultants by calling 814-877-6722.
There is a flat-fee of $25 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.
Additionally, the UPMC Hamot Health Connection offers group support for breastfeeding mothers: Boosting Breastfeeding Success is for mothers who have babies under three weeks old. This group consultation includes a review of latching – which is key to successful breastfeeding – measuring your baby’s weight gain, and provides simple tips to encourage a positive breastfeeding experience. This free meeting is offered every other Friday at 10 a.m. for mom and baby. We do request you register by calling 814-877-6722.
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 UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. We do request you register by calling 814-877-6722. Pregnant women are welcome to
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 also provide you with information about UPMC Hamot breast pump rentals, and can guide you through our selection of breast pumps, lactation apparel and other breastfeeding supplies offered in Cherish Boutique, located on the first floor of the Women’s Hospital.
Educational Breastfeeding Links:
Plugged Milk Ducts
Milk Expression Techniques