Hennepin County Medical Center’s Breastfeeding Services are available to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals.

What is a Lactation Consultant?

A Lactation Consultant is someone specially trained to provide information and assistance to the breastfeeding mother. Our lactation consultants are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). The specialist does not replace a visit to your regular health care provider - he or she is a member of your health care team. Your lactation consultant is part of your support system at HCMC who can help you with all the questions and concerns you might have about breastfeeding.

We're here to help mothers who:

  • want to know more about breastfeeding before baby is born;
  • want to breastfeed;
  • are breastfeeding and are having problems;
  • have babies with special needs;
  • need to know how to fit breastfeeding into a busy life;
  • just need someone to talk to about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Appointments

Breastfeeding appointments are offered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Whittier Clinic. Lactation consultants are available to assist any mother-even if you did not deliver your baby at HCMC. There is a charge for clinic visits. Fees may be covered by your health insurance provider.

Mothers may want to consider a visit to the clinic for the following situations:

  • Baby not gaining weight appropriately
  • Baby has sucking problems
  • Nipples persistently sore
  • Flat or inverted nipples
  • Severe breast engorgement
  • Problems with milk supply (too much or too little)
  • Nursing an adopted baby
  • Relactation
  • Difficulty with breastfeeding technique
  • A breastfeeding baby who has special needs due to illness or prematurity
  • Nursing twins or triplets

During the visit, the staff will take a history of the mother and baby, observe the baby during a feeding, determine possible causes of difficulty, and offer options from which the mother can choose to help solve the problems she and her baby are experiencing. When a woman comes to the clinic for information or help with breastfeeding concerns, the staff maintains contact with the family’s health care provider(s), relaying information on breastfeeding problems and progress.