Lactation Support

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

At WakeMed, we believe that breast milk is the most pure and nutritionally beneficial food that you can offer your baby. We also believe that education, assistance and one-on-one support are essential to successful breastfeeding, whether you are holding your first child or your fourth. Every baby is different, and we are here to meet and exceed your and your baby’s individual needs.

Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breast milk contributes so much to a baby’s health and development, including a reduction in allergies, a stronger immune system, and a reduction in illness and disease. Formula itself cannot provide the same protection that passes to a baby from the antibodies in a mother’s milk. Additionally, human milk helps develop and seal a baby’s gastrointestinal tract for life. However, as a patient and a mother, you have the choice to breastfeed your baby or not. Whatever you choose, we will support your decision and help you care for your baby in every way that we possibly can.

Our Team
At WakeMed North Family Health & Women's Hospital, we offer one full-time, dedicated lactation consultant who will visit with you regularly, while you are a patient, to provide uninterrupted physical and emotional support. All of our post-partum nurses have breastfeeding support training so they can be of assistance to you as well. We welcome your questions and will work with you to ensure you are using the most effective, proven techniques in a way that is most comfortable for you and your baby.

Lactation Support
Our certified lactation consultant and team of trained nurses possess a wealth of breastfeeding knowledge and expertise. Because breastfeeding can bring with it a lot of challenges, our goal is to be an expert resource for you during your baby’s first few days of life. In addition to breastfeeding techniques, you will learn many things from our lactation consultant and nursing staff, such as:

  • How to understand your baby’s hunger cues and feeding habits
  • Why an earlier nipple latch can increase milk production
  • Why skin-to-skin contact is so beneficial
  • How to differentiate between a “hunger suck” and a non-nutritive or “comfort suck”

Breastfeeding SupportClasses, Education & Support Groups 
Even before the birth of your baby, we want to help you learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding and how to prepare. WakeMed offers a Breastfeeding class called “Breastfeeding: Getting a Great Start” at several of our area locations, including WakeMed North. (Search for Classes) Additionally, we host Breastfeeding Support Groups for moms who feel they will benefit from additional support and camaraderie, as well as the opportunity to speak and share with other moms.

Read the Breastfeeding Your Baby brochure here, also provided to you during your stay in the hospital. The WakeMed Lactation Center can be reached at (919) 350-5742.

Breast Pump Rental Program
WakeMed North offers a Breast Pump Rental Program through the hospital gift shop. One- and three-month contracts are available.  Cost is $75 per month (plus tax).  Visit the gift shop to learn more.