The Center for Breastfeeding Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s is committed to helping mothers successfully breastfeed.

In 2004, Sheela Geraghty, MD, MS, IBCLC, medical director, Center for Breastfeeding Medicine, and Letitia Hess, MS, RD, LD, senior clinical director, Division of Nutrition Therapy, created a formalized lactation program at Cincinnati Children’s.

In addition to treating mothers and infants, both as inpatients and outpatients, the center’s international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) answer breastfeeding questions via telephone for Tristate mothers.

Beyond the wonderful services provided within hospital walls, the center makes a point to get involved within the community.

Terri Rutz, RN, BSN, lactation manager, Center for Breastfeeding Medicine, created a regional lactation network for hospital-based and community lactation consultants in 2008. The center now offers continuing education to area experts and provides advice and consultation to all lactation consultants in Greater Cincinnati.

The center serves as a donor collection site for the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Ohio, and provides education at community events including the Cincy-Cinco Hispanic Festival and the Center for Closing the Health Gap’s Annual Health Expo.

A Good Neighbor

They also partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati. “Dr. Geraghty collaborated with our staff on a grant to fund commercial grade pumps and related equipment for our nursing moms,” says Jennifer Goodin, executive director, Ronald McDonald House Charities. “Now they can pump in the privacy of their rooms and bring milk to their little ones in the hospital.”