Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center offers an extensive support system for breastfeeding mothers. We have several Internationally Board Certified lactation consultants on staff, as well as certified lactation counselors.
All staff receives additional training so they may all be of assistance to our breastfeeding moms. In addition to individual assistance, our Center has many resources available to help achieve successful breastfeeding.
Outpatient lactation consults are available and if needed, call our Lactation Center at 337-289-7227 as we strongly support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding mothers who must return to work will find a large selection of various pumps and supplies, including hospital-grade rental pumps, small manual pumps, single electric pumps and even double pumps. Your lactation counselor can help educate on what will work best.
In 2018, Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center became the first hospital in Lafayette to receive the “Baby-Friendly” designation of the accrediting body, Baby-Friendly USA. This initiative was created by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund to improve the quality of care for our mothers and newborns.
Becoming a Baby-Friendly Hospital is a comprehensive, detailed and thorough journey towards excellence in providing evidence-based maternity care with the goal of achieving optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother/baby bonding. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center continues to maintain our GIFT certification from the Louisiana Maternal & Child Health Colatlition that also encourages breastfeeding through education and support to improve health of mothers and infants. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious, international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
Ochsner Lafayette General is the first milk bank depot in southwest Louisiana, where approved donors can bring their frozen breast milk. All donated milk will be sent to the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin, where it is processed and pasteurized. The breast milk will then be sent to hospitals across the country, who need milk for their fragile babies.