Breastfeeding Support

The Midwife Center provides information and support for you to breastfeed your baby. Our nurses are well-trained to answer most routine breastfeeding questions and refer to our IBCLC-trained (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) staff as needed. An IBCLC-trained staff member makes phone calls to all first time breastfeeding clients and those in need of additional support.

The Midwife Center's clients have better success with breastfeeding than mothers overall in Pennsylvania. In 2016, The Midwife Center had a 94% breastfeeding initiation rate, and at six weeks postpartum 90.3% of clients partially or exclusively breastfed. In contrast, a PA Dept. of Health study using data from 2008 showed that 72.4% of moms in Pennsylvania breastfed their baby at least once, and 48.3% were still breastfeeding after eight weeks.*


Breastfeeding support immediately after birth

In most cases, your baby will be placed directly on your chest after birth. Your baby will be allowed to stay there for one hour and self-latch. Our nurses are trained to help if your baby doesn’t latch on their own. We will encourage you to keep your baby skin-to-skin during the your stay at The Midwife Center. Although not officially certified as “baby friendly,” The Midwife Center follows all Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as part of the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative guidelines.


Home care

Our nurses will assess breastfeeding at your routine home visit following your birth at our birth center. Our nurses are able to help you with latch difficulties and answer questions. If more help is needed, your nurse will consult our on-staff IBCLC.


Postpartum phone counseling

Postpartum phone counseling is offered to all first time breastfeeding clients and those in need of additional support during the postpartum period. We can help you with breastfeeding, nutrition/safety, talk to you about any challenges you may be experiencing while transitioning to motherhood, and provide referrals as needed. Calls are made weekly for the first six weeks after your baby is born.


Lactation consultations

The Midwife Center offers hour-long lactation consults if you experience an issue with breastfeeding. We also offer appointments during pregnancy if you have breastfeeding concerns that need to be addressed prior to your baby's birth, as well as appointments to discuss concerns about returning to work. You can make an appointments by calling the front office at 412.321.6880.


Breastfeeding Class

Our popular Breastfeeding Class is for families interested in learning more about breastfeeding. We recommend taking this class between the 33rd to 37th week of pregnancy. If this is your first baby, if you have not breastfed before or if you need a refresher, consider taking this fun, informal class. Topics include:
    - Breast care and problems
    - Positioning and latch-on
    - How often/how long to nurse
    - How to determine if your baby is getting enough milk
    - Pumping/storing milk

Scholarships are available for clients who meet income requirements.


More information

• PA Dept. of Health's Breastfeeding Awareness and Support Program
• La Leche League of Pennsylvania
• Pittsburgh Babywearers - Facebook
• Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle

*Sources:
    - Midwife Center client stats
    - Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, Pennsylvania Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, Breastfeeding Report, 2012

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