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Breastfeeding and Lactation Consultation

UConn Health is proud to offer around the clock breastfeeding support. We have a full time, internationally board certified lactation consultant on staff, as well as nurses trained in lactation support and certified as lactation counselors who are dedicated to helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals.

Before Your Stay: Prepare by exploring prenatal education including lactation consults and breastfeeding class.

During Your Stay: Lactation consults are available from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBLC) on site as well as supplemental support from our nurses who are Certified Lactation Counselors.

Going Home: Call 860-679-4106 for appointments or by emailing at mmerlo@uchc.edu. Outpatient lactation consult appointments are available at any time after you go home with your baby. Phone support is available if you just have a question that may not require an appointment.

UConn Health patient breast feeding her newborn son with the help of lactation consultant Marisa Merlo

Why Breast Milk?

Breast milk has endless benefits and research shows it is the best source of nutrition for all babies, but especially those born prematurely. Breast milk can benefit a baby’s overall survival, healthy growth and development, and immunity. The CDC, WHO, and American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines all recommend that babies be breastfed or receive breast milk for the first six months of their life if possible.

Milk Depot at UConn Health

UConn John Dempsey Hospital is the site of Connecticut’s only hospital-based milk depot for breast milk donations for newborns in need, and the only location in the Greater Hartford Area. We are proud to partner with Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, a nonprofit community milk bank accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), to bring newborns the benefits of breast milk.