Breastfeeding Medicine Program

CHKD’s breastfeeding medicine program offers services to treat feeding challenges of all kinds. Our medical team includes pediatricians who are specially trained in breastfeeding medicine, along with access to pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialists and CHKD speech and occupational therapists.

During appointments, the baby and their lactating parent are each registered as patients and seen together. Our goal is to create a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of everyone involved. Before being evaluated by our team, babies must have been seen by their primary care provider after birth.

Our Services:

Outpatient services provided by the breastfeeding medicine program at CHKD include evaluation and treatment for the following:

  • Latch difficulties.
  • Low milk supply and oversupply.
  • Tongue-tie or lip-tie infant issues.
  • Sore nipples, plugged ducts, and engorgement.
  • Breastfeeding assistance for premature babies, multiple gestation (twins and triplets), and babies with complex medical issues.
  • Slow weight gain.
  • Nipple or breast infections.
  • Breastfeeding challenges following maternal breast surgery.

Breastfeeding Medicine at CHKD Our team also works closely with our women's health colleagues to help mothers with:

  • Postpartum depression.
  • Breastfeeding challenges following surgery.
  • Mastitis.
  • Plugged ducts.
  • Yeast infections.
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Other maternal risk factors