Breastfeeding, or nursing, is a natural way for your baby to receive nutrition. Lactation is process of creating milk from the mammary glands during and after pregnancy.
Sometimes, breastfeeding and/or lactation doesn't happen as easily as you hoped. We understand that this can be frustrating, and we are here to support you with any of your breastfeeding or lactation concerns.
UR Medicine's Approach
At UR Medicine, we offer lactation and breastfeeding support in our emergency rooms, in the NICU, and across our hospital units. We have a team of highly trained, board-certified lactation consultants and certified lactation counselors in Pediatrics and Obstetrics, with consultation from the Lactation Study Center. For more details, see Your Inpatient Breastfeeding Medicine Consult guide.
We offer consultations before and after birth to help you plan, work through problems, and meet your breastfeeding goals. You will have one-on-one consultations with board-certified lactation consultants and breastfeeding medicine providers who have many years of experience. Review our prenatal consultations handout and postpartum consultations handout for more information.
UR Medicine Breastfeeding & Lactation Services helps with issues such as:
- Babies who are tongue-tied (ankyloglossia)
- Low milk supply
- Premature/high-risk babies
- Safe breastfeeding after anesthesia
- Breastfeeding, lactation, and multiple sclerosis
- Breastfeeding, lactation, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Breastfeeding, lactation, and marijuana
- Elimination diets in lactation
- Treating yeast while breastfeeding
For information on co-lactating and questions addressing the LGBTQI+ community, see our Lactating and Chestfeeding page.
What Sets Us Apart?
Whether you’re facing typical breastfeeding challenges or if you have unique circumstances, our experts offer many services to help you throughout your breastfeeding journey.
Our team includes experts who work on the national stage to increase access and quality of care for at-risk children. Our Human Milk and Lactation Research Consortium brings together leading researchers and providers within the university community who do original research in lactation and breastfeeding, such as studies on stress in mothers whose infants are admitted in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Golisano Children's Hospital runs a donor milk program to help provide for the nutritional needs of premature infants. Babies with very low birthweights now have access to donor breast milk and donor milk products when a mother's own milk is not available.
Our consultants also offer home lactation visits and help run breastfeeding support groups.
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Support for UR Employees
Going out on maternity leave or coming back to work while breastfeeding? UR Medicine is committed to your health and the health of your baby.
Here's how UR Medicine supports your breastfeeding experience:
- UR Lactation Rooms
- Breastfeeding Mother's Bill of Rights
- New York State Labor Law
- Federal Labor Law
- New York State Model Hospital Breastfeeding Policy
For support in locating a pumping place near you, please reach out to your HR Business Partner.