We offer lactation services to all parents who give birth at Duke, but if you have a medical issue that needs additional help, you may be referred to an expert in breastfeeding by your obstetrician or pediatrician during your pregnancy or following delivery. Our lactation consultants are part of your care team and coordinate with Duke providers to address potential challenges, such as creating an adequate milk supply for your baby or coping with painful lactation. We can also help you if you are on medication like chemotherapy or have medical conditions that affect breastfeeding such as a previous breast surgery or mastitis, an infection that occurs when the breast tissue becomes inflamed.
Breastfeeding can provide many benefits to you and your baby but can sometimes be challenging if medical issues make it hard for you to breastfeed or breastfeed comfortably. Our lactation consultants are specialists certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and are members of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. We work with you to fully understand and help you meet your breastfeeding goals.
Duke Health offers breastfeeding support related to medical needs throughout the Triangle.
How Our Breastfeeding Specialists Can Help
Watch videos with information provided by Duke Health nurses who specialize in labor and delivery.
Duke University Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital are recognized among the best hospitals in the U.S. for maternity care by U.S. News & World Report for 2021. The recognition notes our low rates of C-sections in people at low risk for pregnancy complications and other factors.