Lactation Program
Helping moms achieve their breastfeeding goals

Lactation Program

Please contact the CMH Pediatric Clinic for Lactation appointments with their clinic nurse, an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. You can call the clinic at 503-325-7337. 

Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) is committed to helping you and your baby become a successful breastfeeding team. Our caregivers understand that deciding how you will feed your baby is one of the most important decisions you will make as a new parent.

Betsy, Lactation Consultant

Betsy is a board-certified lactation consultant and nurse in the CMH-OHSU Health Pediatric Clinic.

We are here to provide advice, encouragement, and support at any point in your journey, from before your baby is born until you are ready to wean.

Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your infant, and offers immediate and long-lasting emotional and physical benefits to both mom and baby. At the same time, learning how to breastfeed can be challenging, especially in the beginning. Be assured, this is quite common.

CMH’s certified lactation consultant is eager to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals. She is available by appointment by calling the Pediatric Clinic at 503-325-7337. Our CMH Family Birthing Center nurses are also trained to help you and your baby get off to a good start with breastfeeding during your hospital stay.

When to Get Breastfeeding Support

Please make an appointment with our lactation consultant when YOU:

  • have a history of failed breastfeeding
  • have a history of breast augmentation or reduction
  • are experiencing engorgement
  • have sore nipples (cracked, bleeding, blistered)
  • are suffering from mastitis
  • are using a nipple shield
  • had a multiple birth
  • delivered prior to 38 weeks
  • feel frustrated or discouraged about breastfeeding
  • wish to donate breast milk to a milk bank
  • need help getting breastfeeding-friendly undergarments

Call when BABY:

  • has lost 10% or more of his/her birth weight
  • has jaundice
  • is experiencing sucking difficulties
  • has a cleft lip/palate
  • is being recommended for formula supplementation

Quality Care

IBCLC Care Award LogoIn recognition of our commitment to supporting breastfeeding families, CMH has been recognized as an IBCLC Care Award Facility:

“Columbia Memorial Hospital has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLCs) and providing a lactation program that is available five days a week for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that they have provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families, and have recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.”

Become a Breast Milk Donor

Northwest Mothers Milk Bank

Milk donors are heroes, saving local babies drop by drop. This vital nourishment makes a significant difference in the health outcomes of premature and ill babies.

CMH is proud to be a milk donation drop off site for Northwest Mother’s Milk Bank. As the milk bank says, “Your breast milk is not a commodity. To us, and to the tiniest babies who need it most, it is LIQUID LOVE.”

For information on how to become a breast milk donor please call the CMH Pediatric Clinic at 503-325-7337.

Get Lactation Supplies Locally

The CMH Outpatient Pharmacy has a selection of breastfeeding supplies on hand, including:

  • Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags
  • Medela Tender Care Hydrogel Pads
  • Medela PersonalFit Breast Shields (large 27mm, x-large 30mm)
  • Medela Nipple shields (20mm 24mm)
  • Medela Special Needs Feeders
  • Nursing pads
  • Maternity support bands
  • Lanolin and other cream
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