Breastfeeding can often make a difference in the health and welfare of mothers and babies. Our lactation support services offer you and your baby many levels of assistance. We have special registered nurses who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and lactation educators, both of whom are available to help you.
In Mountain View, a certified lactation consultant will make a personal visit to breastfeeding mothers while they are on the maternity unit should a referral be given. If you need an extra level of care, an IBCLC consultant will be contacted by your nurse to come and assist you.
On our Los Gatos campus, patients are seen daily, Monday through Saturday, by an IBCLC consultant. A comprehensive bedside evaluation of breastfeeding is provided without referral.
If you should have concerns about breastfeeding while you are in the hospital you can always ask your nurse--maternity and nursery nurses have training to assist you with breastfeeding.
Lactation Consulting--Outpatient Services
A lactation consultant will complete a comprehensive evaluation to assist you and your baby when requested. A recommended plan will be developed and shared with you and your physician. For information on fees or to schedule an appointment, call 650-988-8290 (Mountain View campus) or 408-866-3905 (Los Gatos campus).
NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
Should your baby need the services of the NICU we offer support to any mother wishing to continue to breastfeed her baby. A NICU IBCLC consultant will be part of the baby's care team and will assist in developing a plan to meet both you and your baby's special needs.
Drop-In Support Group
Join other mothers and a Certified Lactation Educator for assistance during those early days and weeks of parenthood. Offered free of charge; call 650-988-8290 (Mountain View) or 408-866-3905 (Los Gatos) for details.
Due to limited space in our community room, we ask that you not bring in strollers. The community room room is available 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday; closed Sundays and all holidays.
Join a lactation consultant at the Mountain View site on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a group drop-in session. The lactation consultant can address basic breastfeeding questions and provide latch assistance. The session is offered free of charge. Again, due to limited space in our community room, we ask that you not bring in strollers.
Our Los Gatos campus offers a Breastfeeding Support Group on Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Drop-in Lactation Consultations are held on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Phone Follow-Up After Delivery
Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, we will call you three to five days after delivery to provide support and answer questions.