Breastfeeding Support

A young woman breastfeeds her baby.

Sacred Heart Medical Center recognizes that breast milk is the gold standard for infant feeding. Breastfed children receive optimal nutrition for lifelong health while being nurtured in a special closeness. Our nurses are committed to support your breastfeeding needs while in the hospital and once you’ve returned home.

Help, support and advice are just a phone call away. Call 509-474-2400, or 877-474-2400 (toll free).

The Birth Place’s lactation specialists are available to help you and your baby. They are experienced registered nurses and certified lactation educators/consultants and can provide help with:

  • Comfortable positioning
  • Correct attachment
  • What is normal and what to expect
  • Common breastfeeding challenges

Once you have returned home, you can count on us for the following lactation services:

  • Telephone follow-up
  • Personal consultation by appointment at the Women’s Health Center
  • Breastfeeding supplies such as pillows and breast milk storage bags

A nurse will call you after you go home with your new baby and guide you through your early days with practical advice. Additional help with breastfeeding is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except holidays) if you are having difficulties breastfeeding at home. Fees for this service may be paid in part or in full by insurance.

We can help you with:

  • Sore nipples
  • Pumping needs
  • Latch difficulties
  • Babies with special needs
  • Engorgement

Learn the steps to get started breastfeeding your baby!

Our breastfeeding class will cover latching on and positioning, when to feed, how to know when your baby is getting enough, breast care, and when and where to get help.