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Team-Based Lactation Consultant/Primary Care Provider Support

Primary Care and Breastfeeding Support

Team-based lactation consultant/primary care provider(LC/PCP) visits combine the infant's primary care appointment with lactation consultant counseling.  The PCP oversees the plan, while the LC provides the detailed breastfeeding counseling. 

Team-based LC/PCP care acknowledges:

1.      Families want to breastfeed and health care provider support is important for successful breastfeeding.

2.      Families experience breastfeeding challenges and need a plan that addresses these difficulties. 

3.      Education of the breastfeeding family takes time and breastfeeding knowledge.  Given PCP's have limited time during their visits and variable breastfeeding education, teaming with a lactation consultant addresses this gap and provides built-in breastfeeding support.

Mother of 3

 I am a Mom of 3 and I was so determined to get breastfeeding right this time around.  I didn't make it as long with my first 2 (sadly) because I didn't understand or take advantage of how much support there was available to me.  I really feel so proud to have accomplished this goal of continuing to breastfeed her and I know I could not have done it without all the pain management tips and resources you provided early on for me. I've now set a goal of 12 months of breastfeeding and I cant wait to meet that goal with my daughter.  Thank you again. I am a walking testimony that lactation support is extremely helpful for Moms.  

Improve Access

One of the barriers to breastfeeding is lack of health care services.  PCPs can help by partnering with lactation consultants.  

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Get our free handout, “LC/PCP Team-Based Support,” and learn how to assess your primary care practice's needs and ability to  integrate lactation consultant support.

Our Research

Primary Care Pediatrics

Routine post-discharge outpatient lactation visits within a pediatric practice improve breastfeeding rates.

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Translating Team-Based Breastfeeding Support into Practice

Practice assessment steps to implement at your practice.

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Federally Qualified Health Care

Team-based breastfeeding support is feasible at a FQHC and patients find it helpful.

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