Your baby deserves the best beginning, and breastfeeding helps you provide the best nutrition to meet your baby’s needs. While breastfeeding is natural, learning to breastfeed takes time and can be difficult at first. UW Medicine Lactation Services at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW Medical Center and Valley Medical Center are here to help you nourish and nurture your baby, and to learn this new skill. Our internationally board-certified lactation consultants are specially trained nurses who provide new families with personalized breastfeeding care, information and support.
Our goal is to help you to make the best feeding choices for you and your baby. If you have questions about feeding multiples or a premature baby, or concerns about milk supply, sore nipples, or how to pump when you return to work, you can depend on our experienced consultants to help you find a solution that works for you.
Baby Friendly Facilities
UW Medicine values breastfeeding so much that our hospitals have worked hard to become designated as “Baby Friendly Hospitals
” through a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). That means when you receive maternity care at our hospitals, you can be confident that breastfeeding is a priority and your caregivers are here to help you succeed. UW Medical Center was the first hospital in Seattle to receive this designation in 2009, and Valley Medical Center received its Baby Friendly designation in early 2017. Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is completing the rigorous steps to become the third UW Medicine hospital with this special recognition.
UW Medicine’s lactation consultants work together with your doctors, nurses and the rest of your care team. From pregnancy to the end of your breastfeeding experience, we offer in-person and telephone consultations, breastfeeding evaluations, follow-up visits in our lactation clinic, as well as personalized education and support.
Call us to help you make the most of your breastfeeding experience.
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center Lactation Services 206.368.2118. or Click to see our Breastfeeding Drop In Support Schedule
UW Medical Center Lactation Services: 206.598.4628
Valley Medical Center Lactation Services: 425.228.3440, ext. 2526
Lactation Education Handouts
- Benefits of Breastfeeding --- (Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese)
How to Breastfeed
- Position and Latch Breastfeeding --- (Spanish)
- How Is Breastfeeding Going? --- ( Somalian, Spanish)
- Breastfeeding Support --- (Spanish)
- Common Concerns About Breastfeeding --- (Korean, Russian, Somalian, Spanish, Vietnamese)
- Sore Nipples --- (Spanish)
- Low Milk Production
- Comfort Measures for Breast Engorgement --- (Russian, Somalian, Spanish)
- Is It Safe to Take This While I'm Breastfeeding? --- (Spanish)
- Breastfeeding Resources --- (Spanish)
- Breastfeeding Your Preterm Baby at Home
- Expressing Breast Milk
- Pumping and Storing Breastmilk --- (Spanish)
- Breast-Pumping Record