COVID-19: PeaceHealth is open, with safe virtual and in-person visits.
Learn more about our safety measures and visitor restrictions.

If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms of possible infection, notify us when you schedule an appointment and before you arrive. If you’re having a medical emergency, call 911. Upon arrival, everyone will receive a symptom and temperature check. Anyone with an elevated temperature will be connected with appropriate care.

No visitors are allowed in clinics except for those accompanying patients needing assistance.

Breastfeeding & Lactation Help, Bellingham

(360) 752-5280

 
Every new mother needs lots of encouragement and support. Some new moms and babies need extra help to get started with breastfeeding.

You’ll get lots of breastfeeding help and support in Bellingham and Whatcom County from our nurses and lactation consultants. These are nurses specially trained to help mothers successfully breastfeed. We are guided by the World Health Organization’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

While You Are in the Hospital

All of our breastfeeding mothers are encouraged and supported by our experienced nursing staff. Lactation consultants are available every day of the week for those who need extra help. While you are at the PeaceHealth St. Joseph, Childbirth Center in Bellingham you will receive:

  • Breastfeeding help at your bedside
  • Tips for solving common problems in the early weeks of breastfeeding
  • Information about breast pumping and storage, if needed, plus information about where in the community to rent or buy pumps

Back at Home: Breastfeeding and Lactation Help

You can keep getting breastfeeding help from our lactation consultants at PHMG Clinic even after you leave the hospital. If you are a first time breast feeding mother or have previous experience, our compassionate and supportive approach can help mothers feel confident with all aspects of breastfeeding. In addition you can find more breastfeeding resources in your discharge folder provided to you from the Childbirth Center.

When you have a newborn after returning home from the hospital, you may have questions, challenges related to breastfeeding or may need reassurance that breastfeeding is getting off to a good start. The lactation consultant will give you the support you need. Whether or not you have a newborn or a baby up to one year of age, our lactation consultants can assist and develop an individualized plan for you.

If you still need help after your visit, you are welcome to return. We want to help you have a successful breastfeeding experience.