The research is clear — studies continue to show breastfeeding is beneficial to babies and their moms. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, providing encouragement and support throughout the first year and thereafter. At Touro, we support this goal by providing a full spectrum of services to help mothers with questions and important decisions regarding lactation before birth, during and after your hospital stay.
Touro’s retail, phone and outpatients services are available to any mother, regardless if they delivered at Touro or another facility.
Each new mother and her family are unique and deserve special attention to ensure a successful breastfeeding experience. The Touro Family Birthing Certified Lactation Consultants are available seven days a week while you are in the hospital and by phone or appointment after you return home to offer advice, instruction and support.
With approximately 3,000 deliveries per year, more than any other hospital in the New Orleans area, the Lactation Consultants at Touro are experts in providing you with support through teaching and counseling.
Our Lactation Consultants are Registered Nurses and Board-Certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. They have extensive experience working with mothers and babies and are available to provide breastfeeding support services to patients, nursing and medical staff. To make an appointment see a Lactation Consultant or for information about the Touro Lactation Center, call (504) 897-8130.
Before Your Baby is Born
Touro’s prenatal breastfeeding class
, taught by Lactation Consultants, will help you prepare for nursing your baby. This monthly class covers the basics of breastfeeding, including:
- Benefits of breastfeeding
- Techniques for successful breastfeeding
- Pumping and milk storage
- An informal question and answer session
Breastfeeding classes are held the third Thursday of each month in the Presidents Room, located on the 2nd floor of the hospital from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information or to register, call (504) 897-8130.
Prenatal Consultations are available for:
This is a free service for those delivering at Touro.
During Your Hospital Stay
Lactation Consultants are available seven days a week to provide support and answer questions.
After You Go Home
After you go home, we offer:
- A postpartum follow-up phone call two to three days after discharge, for those moms needing further breastfeeding evaluation.
- A scheduled, private consultation with our Lactation Specialists for moms with breastfeeding difficulties, low milk supply, sore nipples or concerns with nursing multiples or a special needs infant. (There is a fee associated with this service.)
- A free breastfeeding support phone line that offers telephone counseling with our breastfeeding experts.
Breastfeeding is a learning process for you and your baby. If you are experiencing difficulties breastfeeding or have an immediate concern or question, help is just a phone call away. The Touro Lactation Center has a dedicated Warm Line for breastfeeding mothers. The service is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. by calling (504) 897-8130. After hours, calls are received by a voice messaging system and your call will be returned the following day.