Breastfeeding Resources

Yale New Haven Hospital is here to support you on your breastfeeding journey. We recognize that every family’s journey is different and unique. We are committed to helping you meet your personal goals, while creating a rewarding and positive experience for both you and your baby. Our team provides support and resources to individuals who want to breastfeed/chestfeed that includes education before and after the baby is born. We also support gestational carriers, induced lactation and the LGBTQ community.

After you give birth and before you leave the hospital, our specially trained maternity nurses provide hands-on teaching. Certified lactation consultants are also available 7 days a week and are available when breastfeeding issues occur, such as latching difficulties, pain and low milk supply.

Breastfeeding Consultations

Our Advanced Practice Provider Lactation Consultants provide individualized, one-to-one appointments, available in person or through video visits. Our experts work with those who are having issues with feeding their babies due to poor weight gain, latching difficulties, low milk supply, sore/cracked nipples, mastitis and over supply. Partners are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The initial consultation includes a confidential discussion of the medical history of parent, baby and birth story. Our lactation consultant will then provide an assessment and provide recommendations, along with a written detailed plan. Appointments generally last an hour. In person appointments can also include bilirubin and weight checks. 

Our team also provides prenatal visits and plans for patients who may be at risk for breastfeeding issues; including those with a history of breastfeeding/chestfeeding issues, breast surgery or endocrine disorders.  

Most insurance is accepted. To schedule an appointment, call 203-688-3840 and choose option #4.

Video Visit Consultations are done in the comfort and safety of your home using a smartphone or tablet. 

In person visit locations: 

 
While in the hospital, our onsite breast pump coordinator will work directly with the lactation team to identify families that have not already received an insurance covered breast pump. Once the patient’s insurance eligibility is verified, the coordinator will meet with mom to discuss different pump options that are covered under their individual insurance plan. Families will now have the option to leave with their insurance covered pump at time of discharge. This service is available 7 day a week. No more having to wait for the breast pump to arrive in the mail.
A Mother’s Place Boutique is located on the 8th floor of Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. The boutique offers hospital grade breast pump and breastmilk scale rentals, personalized bra fittings and breastfeeding supplies. It also has gifts for mom and baby such as layettes, baby booties, baby hats, lotions and accessories. Gift certificates are available. Gifts baskets are also available for in hospital delivery. Call 203-688-9355 or email amothersplace@ynhh.org for details.
 

Breastfeeding Support Group  

This free, online support group welcomes all breastfeeding moms. A lactation consultant facilitates the group and provides guidance. Only female support persons are encouraged to participate in order to protect your privacy. Moms are invited to attend as many weekly sessions as they wish.

Register online by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Understanding Breastfeeding eClass

Our Understanding Breastfeeding curriculum helps improve success with breastfeeding. Through step-by-step instructions and 3D animation, you will learn how to achieve a deep latch, how to hold and position your baby and how to maintain healthy milk production. This course takes 2-3 hours to compete and follows International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) recommendations and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines.

Register online by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Understanding Breastfeeding Webinar 

Our Breastfeeding Basics Webinar is led by an International Board of Lactation Consultant and is for expectant and new parents. Learn the basics of breastfeeding, including proper latch-on, infant feeding cues, positioning and how to establish a good milk supply. 

Register online by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.