Breastfeeding (Lactation) Support
As a new parent, you want the very best for your baby. For most mothers, the choice to breastfeed or bottle feed is very personal and can be influenced by a number of factors. No matter your choice, the consultants at Franciscan are here to ensure your baby is getting the right nutrition.
Research shows that breast milk is the “best first food”, costs nothing, aids in birth recovery, and nourishes babies and helps them avoid various illnesses and medical problems, many mothers don’t realize that breastfeeding is a learned skill and doesn’t always come naturally. We’re here to help! The team of registered nurses and educators at Franciscan Lactation Services are certified as International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants and provide in- and outpatient services to new families.
Our breastfeeding support services include:
- Inpatient lactation consultants
- Outpatient consultations
- 24-hour message line
- St. Joseph and St. Francis: 253-382-8580
- St. Elizabeth: 360-802-8530
- Breast pump rental/purchase
- Partnerships with Mary Bridge Women, Infants & Children (WIC), Lakewood WIC, Parkland WIC and Federal Way WIC
Inpatient services are available Monday through Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center and Monday through Friday at St. Francis Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Breastfeeding classes are also available. Register online or call: 1-888-825-3227.
For outpatient support, please call:
Franciscan Women’s and Children’s Services
St. Joseph Medical Pavilion
1802 S. Yakima, Suite 201
Tacoma, WA 98405
St. Francis Medical Pavilion, Building A
Women’s Health & Breast Center
34503 Ninth Ave. S., Suite #320
Federal Way, WA 98003
St. Elizabeth Hospital
1455 Battersby Ave.
Enumclaw, WA 98022