Lactation Support and Services

baby breastfeeding

Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents will partner with you to meet your breastfeeding goals.  Many of our pediatricians will help you directly with breastfeeding problems (one is a certified lactation consultant), and ALL of our pediatricians encourage breastfeeding and work closely with local lactation consultants who are readily available.

Drs. Sandra Hosford and Kathy Merritt are able to observe breastfeeding and help with any nursing difficulties.  You are welcome to schedule a breastfeeding appointment with either of these pediatricians (as their schedules permit), regardless of who is your primary pediatrician.  

When should you see a provider for breastfeeding problems?

  • Nipple pain persisting 30 seconds beyond latching (constant pain is not normal)
  • Damaged or cracked nipples
  • Baby biting or frequently pulling-off
  • Concerns about supply or weight gain
  • Persistent red, warm, or tender areas of the breast (if fever or chills are present this should be evaluated the same day by an adult medical provider)

We also recommending speaking to one of our advice nurses if your adult physician has prescribed you a medication and has told you not to breastfeed while on the medication. Often it is still safe to nurse.