Center for Breastfeeding Medicine

  • Services

    Clinicians in the Center for Breastfeeding Medicine are available as a resource throughout the entire breastfeeding experience. We provide support on both an outpatient and inpatient basis.

    Outpatient

    The outpatient Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic is staffed by three board certified pediatricians as well as a nurse lactation consultant. Appointments are available at the main hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Mason Campus and Children's Outpatient Northern Kentucky location. The clinic is designed to assess and treat both mother and infant at the same visit, and both will be scheduled and registered as patients. Visits typically last about 90 minutes.

    Outpatient lactation consultation services include:

    • Prenatal education
    • General assessment of lactation for mothers and breastfeeding infants
    • Evaluation of breast milk intake during a feeding
    • Feeding strategies supportive of lactation
    • Assistance with increasing  or  decreasing milk supply
    • Management of nipple confusion or breast refusal
    • Breastfeeding help with premature infants, multiple births and babies with complex health problems
    • Nutritional management of slow weight gain in the infant
    • Referrals for breastfeeding equipment and supplies

    In addition, breastfeeding medicine physician services include:

    • Treatment of nipple  or breast infections including mastitis and thrush
    • Evaluation and management of low milk supply
    • Treatment for engorgement, plugged ducts and sore nipples
    • Evaluation of tongue-tie and frenotomy
    • Management of complex breastfeeding challenges
    • Visits can be scheduled 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 513-636-2326.

    Inpatient

    Lactation consultation is available to infants hospitalized in any area of Cincinnati Children's. An individualized plan of care based on the needs of each mother and infant is implemented by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, dietitians and lactation professionals. Hospital grade breast pumps are available for mothers to express milk for their hospitalized child if he or she cannot feed directly at the breast. Discharge follow-up for unresolved breastfeeding problems is available in the Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic.