Breastfeeding Resources

Lafayette General offers an extensive support system for breastfeeding mothers. We have three Internationally Board Certified lactation consultants on staff, as well as three certified lactation counselors. All of our staff receive additional training so they may all be of assistance to our breastfeeding moms as well. In addition to individual assistance, our Center has many resources available to moms to help achieve successful breastfeeding. We also offer classes for the community on breastfeeding your infant and breastfeeding support for the working mother. 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 you on what may work best. You can find a small selection of pumps and breastfeeding supplies on display in the hospital's gift shop located on the first floor at Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC).

 

In 2018, LGMC was named the first Baby-Friendly birth facility in Lafayette. 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 (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. 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.

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.  Learn more about becoming a breast milk donor.