Ochsner is devoted to creating an environment where mothers interested in breastfeeding their babies have the best support services available in the area. Ochsner Lactation Services provide the proper knowledge, education and tools to women interested in breastfeeding options.
Now is the time in your pregnancy to start thinking about breastfeeding your newborn. Ochsner Lactation Services offers personal prenatal consultations to help you with your breastfeeding concerns or questions. Our certified lactation consultants will introduce you to the principals of breastfeeding. This is the time to address any concerns about your ability to breastfeed your baby. We will review your history and discuss community resources and develop an individualized plan of care for establishing breastfeeding. For those mothers who plan on returning to work or school soon after giving birth, the lactation consultants can help develop individualized plans to ensure that new mothers and their babies don’t miss out on the opportunity to breastfeed. Sessions include the creation of a personalized plan and recommendations for the use of appropriate breast pumps.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
This class is designed to provide detailed information on the basics of breastfeeding. In a group setting you will learn the correct techniques for breastfeeding, and how to begin breastfeeding while in the hospital as well as some anticipatory guidance for breastfeeding once you get home. Please call 225-754-3278 to register for a prenatal class.
For those times when telephone assistance just isn’t enough, lactation counselors are available for in person assistance. We can also work with you to devise a plan for continuing to breastfeed once you go back to work. To make an appointment, please call 225-755-4448.
Breast pumps, breast pump parts and accessories, prenatal vitamins, lanolin, and more are available through the Lactation and Wellness Center located on the fourth floor of the hospital. For those new mothers in need of a hospital grade pump or who would like to try pumping before purchasing a pump, hospital grade rentals are available. For more information, please call 225-755-4448.
Telephone Warm Line
New mothers never know when they are going to have questions about breastfeeding. Babies are fed at all hours of the day and night. To alleviate your concerns, the Ochsner Lactation Warm Line is available. Just leave a detailed message, and one of Ochsner’s lactation consultants will address your questions or concerns. For assistance through the Warm Line please call 225-755-4448.