Lactation & Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding improves your child’s intellectual and social development. It decreases your child’s risk of colds and ear infections as well as chronic diseases such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Parenting can be confusing and difficult at times and breastfeeding is no exception. It helps to have knowledgeable resources to turn to when you have questions. It's possible to overcome the breastfeeding obstacles you face, and we're here to help you.

Studies have proven breastfeeding to be one of the strongest ways you can positively impact your child’s health...and your own.

Nebraska Medicine Lactation Consultants are here to help

Outpatient Visits

Call us anytime with questions or needed support at 402.552.3487. We also provide one-on-one consultations to moms and babies who need extra assistance with breastfeeding. To make an appointment with our IBCLC lactation consultant, please call the Olson Center at 402-559.4500.

Lactation consultants are available to families who have a baby in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Nebraska Medicine employs several lactation consultants who can answer any questions you may have and provide assistance with pumping or feeding your infant. To reach a NICU specific lactation consultant call 402.559.4442.


Breastfeeding/Lactation Education Classes and Support Groups

We offer childbirth and breastfeeding classes at our Bellevue and Nebraska Medical Center locations. 

Latch and Learn is a free drop-in breastfeeding group on Thursdays at 3 pm at the Olson Center Classroom. The group is open to any mom in the community. For more information, please call 402.552.3487.

Lactation consultants are also available at Nebraska Medicine – Bellevue. They provide inpatient and outpatient services. The Bellevue lactation consultants also host Latch and Learn, a free drop-in breastfeeding support group every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

We now offer a special, free drop-in breastfeeding advice service at Nebraska Medicine - Chalco from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday. This is for any mom who just wants to ask a quick breastfeeding question, have your baby weighed, or get some advice on latching. You don't need to be a Nebraska Medicine patient or make an appointment. No insurance will be billed as the service is free. If you have questions you can reach the lactation consultants at 402.552.3487.


Nebraska Medicine is a Breastmilk Depot for the Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa

To donate to the milk bank, you must be in good health, be nursing, and be willing to share extra milk. Donors must be willing to pump and store milk according to milk bank guide-lines and be willing to donate a minimum of 200 ounces of milk. Potential donors are screened, at no cost to the donor and can drop off excess milk to Nebraska Medicine. Donors should be non-smokers, not taking medication (with a few exceptions) and should not consume alcohol 12 hours before pumping milk to donate.

Donations can be dropped off 7 days a week. Please call the lactation team at 402.552.3487 to let us know when you plan to drop off. For more information call 877.891.5347 or visit the Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa.

Patient Guides

Breast Pumps

Our Lactation Team is able to work with a variety of insurance plans to cover a Medela Pump in Style Advance Pump for women 36+ weeks in pregnancy or after birth and providing pump teaching. During your stay we offer to dispense pumps to patients room with one-on-one teaching to get you started. For questions, please call 402.552.3487.


Videos

This video series highlights breast feeding techniques and support nursing mothers. Contact your lactation consultant for the password to view. 


Additional Resources

Breastfeeding is more than just food. Check out these resources for more information.


Accreditations and Awards

Nebraska Medicine has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families.

IBCLC Care Award