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As natural as it may be, breastfeeding isn’t always easy. Sometimes you need a little support, and Atrium Health can help. Our team of international board-certified lactation consultants specializes in providing clinical care for breastfeeding patients. We’re here to help you overcome breastfeeding challenges, achieve your feeding goals, and feel empowered along the way.

All Atrium Health hospitals provide breastfeeding consultations for new families after delivery, and some are accredited Baby-Friendly Hospitals for offering the highest level of breastfeeding care. But our support doesn’t stop when you take your baby home, and we have lactation consultants on-site at locations across the Charlotte region to guide you on your journey.

Schedule an appointment at a lactation center near you.

If you’re currently in an Atrium Health hospital after delivery, ask your care team about their lactation services.

Our lactation services

You deserve complete breastfeeding support at every step. A few examples of our services include:

  • Visits in the hospital: To help you start your breastfeeding journey on the right foot, our lactation consultants are available at every Atrium Health hospital. We try to see you soon after your baby is born and visit once a day until you go home (or more upon request).
  • Breastfeeding consultations: During a breastfeeding consultation appointment, we’ll discuss your goals, observe a feeding, and provide solutions to help you achieve feeding success. You can schedule a breastfeeding consultation after your baby is born, or even as part of your prenatal care to help you prepare.
  • Breastfeeding classes: From how to maintain a good supply to proper ways to pump, our maternity centers offer classes to help you learn everything you need to know about breastfeeding.
  • Treatment for breastfeeding conditions: From cracked nipples to engorged breasts, we’re specially trained in preventing and treating common breastfeeding conditions.
  • Latch techniques: Breastfeeding may feel different, but it should never hurt. If it does, latch and positioning are often the cause. We’ll show you proper breastfeeding techniques to help you feel more comfortable.
  • Pumping guidance: Pumping is breastfeeding, too! Whether you’re returning to work or exclusively pumping, we’ll teach you how to get the most out of your machine.
  • Weaning guidance: When you and your baby are ready to wean, we’ll help make the process as smooth and easy as possible.
  • Assistance for support people: It takes the whole family to raise a child – and this includes breastfeeding. We can teach your support person how to set things up and be there to make the experience stress-free for everyone.

Atrium Health Women’s Care also offers postpartum support groups led by a nurse practitioner or midwife. This gives you the opportunity to talk with other new moms about breastfeeding, as well as recovery, mental health and more. 

Breastfeeding conditions we treat

Our international board-certified lactation consultants provide care for a variety of breastfeeding conditions and challenges, including:

  • Low or too much milk supply
  • Latch challenges
  • Infant weight loss
  • Nipple fissures (cracked nipples)
  • Painful, tender breasts
  • Engorgement
  • Thrush
  • Mastitis
  • Tongue and lip tie
  • Cleft palate and lip
  • Feeding issues in premature and high-risk babies
  • Allergies and intolerances

In addition to the above, one of the main challenges we help breastfeeding patients face is self-doubt. We’re here to help you listen to and trust your body – and feel confident feeding your baby.

What to expect

Starting in the hospital and as your baby grows, we want your breastfeeding journey to be comfortable and positive. Our visits are designed to be a relaxed, nonjudgmental time to learn the ins and outs of feeding your baby in a way that’s best for both of you.  

Before your visit

In the hospital after delivery, we try to see you as soon as you’re ready and visit you every day until you go home. Once you’re home and getting into a routine, we recommend scheduling lactation visits between feedings, so your baby is ready to eat.

You can prepare for lactation visits by wearing something comfortable that makes it easy to breastfeed, like a nursing top or button-up shirt. Although your baby should be hungry, make sure you eat a balanced meal and drink lots of water before your appointment. You’ll need the nutrients and hydration to feed your baby. Lastly, don’t forget to have your breast pump or any other breastfeeding tools you’re using or need help with.

During your visit

Lactation visits are designed to be flexible and can last up to 75 minutes. This gives us plenty of time to assess your latch and positioning, provide guidance, and answer any questions you have.

Your lactation consultant will want to learn about your feeding goals, as well as any medical history that might affect breastfeeding for you or your baby. We can also examine your anatomy and your baby’s anatomy to identify anything that might present an unexpected challenge.

Some visits will include a weight check, where we weigh the baby, you feed them, then we weigh them again. This gives us an idea of how many ounces your baby is getting per feeding and helps us determine if they’re getting enough.

Finally, we’ll go over important topics, like what you should eat, how much and how often your baby should feed, and signs your baby is hungry and full. We can also look at your breast pump and any other breastfeeding tools you’re using to ensure you’re using them as efficiently and effectively as possible.

After your visit

Our goal is for you to leave the lactation appointment feeling confident and empowered, no matter your feeding goals. If you’re still in the hospital, we’ll point you in the right direction for breastfeeding support after you’ve gone home. And we’ll always make sure you have the facts and resources you need to feed your baby between visits.

Our lactation center locations

Lactation consultants are at every Atrium Health hospital and can visit you after delivery. In addition, we offer outpatient lactation consultations by appointment at the locations below.

Pediatric and OB/GYN locations

Call 704-468-0121 to schedule an appointment at one of these locations:

Additional Practice Locations

To schedule an appointment at one of these locations, contact the practice location:

Hospital locations

In addition to the initial support when your baby is born, these locations offer lactation consultations by appointment after you’ve gone home:

Frequently asked questions

You should see a lactation consultant whenever you face a breastfeeding challenge you’re struggling to overcome. Some of the most common reasons patients see us are supply issues, difficulty latching, pain or discomfort, and concerns their baby isn’t getting enough milk. But we can also help you learn to use your pump, return to work and feel confident feeding your baby.

Absolutely! Your breastfeeding journey is unique to you and your baby. Whether you’re exclusively breastfeeding, combination feeding or pumping only, a lactation consultant can be an invaluable source of support.

Although it’s beneficial to see a lactation consultant at the start of your breastfeeding journey, there’s no right time or age to seek our support. Whether your baby is 2 days old or 2 years old, we’re here to help you navigate and overcome breastfeeding challenges. We even offer prenatal consultations and breastfeeding classes, which you can attend before your baby is born.

This is the “gold standard” for breastfeeding specialists. To be an international board-certified lactation consultant means you’ve completed years of rigorous learning, ongoing testing, and practice to provide clinical care for breastfeeding patients.

Although it’s best to check with your insurance provider, many policies do offer coverage for lactation consultations.

Visits can last a little over an hour (up to 75 minutes).

Bring your breast pump and any other breastfeeding supplies you’re using.

And most importantly, bring a hungry baby! Try to schedule lactation consultant appointments around your baby’s feeding schedule as best as you can. This ensures they’re hungry and ready to practice feeding.

Wear comfortable clothes that make it easy to nurse, like a nursing top or button-up shirt.

If you have a partner who’d like to join, they’re encouraged to come and learn how to best support you – just check the location’s visitor policy beforehand.

If you’re in the hospital after delivery, ask your hospital providers to connect you to on-site lactation services.

If you’ve seen us at a pediatric or OB/GYN office, you can call the office or send a message to your lactation consultant in MyAtriumHealth.

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Meet our lactation consultants

Our international board-certified lactation consultants specialize in providing breastfeeding support, treating breastfeeding-related conditions, and making the experience positive for you and your baby.

Meet our team, and get to know each of our providers.

Additional breastfeeding resources and support

From online resources to local support groups, here are a few places to find breastfeeding help.

Support groups

Register for WIC

Access to proper nutrition is essential for breastfeeding moms and babies. If you need help feeding your family, see how to register for WIC:

Breastfeeding hotlines

National Breastfeeding Hotline
1-800-994-9962
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

La Leche League Breastfeeding Helpline
1-877-LALECHE (1-877-452-5324)
Available 24 hours

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