Massachusetts General Hospital encourages new mothers to try breastfeeding their infants to promote the health and wellbeing of both mother and baby. We provide support, education and resources, along
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Breastfeeding & Lactation Clinic
Breastfeeding & Lactation Clinic
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 4F
32 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Please note: For people who deliver at Massachusetts General Hospital and wish to breastfeed, your team of nurses and lactation consultants will support you with latching, positioning, hand expression, and pumping throughout your postpartum stay.
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About the Clinic
The Breastfeeding & Lactation Clinic provides support, education, resources, and care for lactating parents who wish to provide breast milk for their babies and may be experiencing or anticipating challenges.
The clinic is staffed by International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and a breastfeeding medicine specialist. For people who deliver at Massachusetts General Hospital and wish to breastfeed, your team of nurses and lactation consultants will support you with latching, positioning, hand expression, and pumping throughout your postpartum stay.
Outpatient Clinical Services
Outpatient consultations in the Breastfeeding & Lactation Clinic are available regardless of where a person has delivered. Depending on the reason for the visit, a session could include a care provider:
- Examining the breast/chest
- Observing a feeding or pumping session followed by patient education
- Supporting a weighted feeding session
- Interpreting lab results
- Referring you for diagnostic imaging and/or to additional specialists
- Developing a plan to support breastfeeding success
IBCLC and Breastfeeding Medicine Specialists
Many new parents may benefit from a lactation consultant who can review the basics of breastfeeding, help with latch and positioning techniques, do flange fittings for breast pumps and address pumping-related concerns, and consult on other routine problems. Per their certification, lactation consultants do not diagnose and treat more medically complicated issues. A breastfeeding and lactation medicine specialist can diagnose, treat, and help patients plan for complicated breastfeeding and lactation problems, including persistent pain or low production, a pre-existing medical condition, diabetes or high blood pressure, previous breast surgery, complicated or frequent breast infections, or questions regarding medication and lactation.
When to seek lactation support
We are here to support parents throughout their breastfeeding and lactation experience. Please reach out to us with concerns about:
- Persistent low production
- Painful or problematic high production
- Persistent breast and nipple pain or damage
- Complicated mastitis (redness, swelling and pain in breast tissue that sometimes involves an infection), abscess (build-up of pus in the breast caused by an infection), or galactoceles (benign, milk-filled cysts)
- Prior history of breast/chest surgery
- Complicated medical co-morbidities including diabetes before or during pregnancy, high blood pressure, etc.
- Anticipated preterm delivery
- Anticipated infant complications such as cleft palate
- Discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and/or preterm birth
- Relactating and/or inducing lactation
- Previous difficulty breastfeeding
Prenatal consultations are available for those with pre-existing conditions, a history of breast surgery, difficulty with breastfeeding a previous child, or anticipated complications with delivery.
Mass General is part of the international Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to support all new parents in meeting their breastfeeding goals. Below are resources to help patients and new parents with breastfeeding and lactation issues that may arise. Please note, this list does not indicate an endorsement by Mass General of any products or services offered by the companies included.
Join Wednesdays at 2 pm for support and guidance on breastfeeding and more.
Resources, Videos, and Stories about Lactation
Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally. The resources on this list can provide helpful hints for feeding your baby. This list does not indicate an endorsement by Mass General of any products or services offered by the companies included.
Q&A with Amelia Henning, director of the Mass General Breastfeeding & Lactation Clinic
Amelia Henning, CNM, MSN, IBCLC, shares what she loves most about her career as a midwife and director of the Breastfeeding & Lactation Clinic, what motivates her, and her love of problem-solving lactation challenges with new parents.
Breastfeeding Video Series
This external resource from Global Health Media Project features breastfeeding videos created to help parents see and learn about breastfeeding.
Read tips about initiating breastfeeding, using a pacifier, and more.
Resources on effective breastfeeding techniques
These external resources from Droplet aim to help new parents learn effective breastfeeding techniques in order to prevent common challenges.
Breastfeeding Video from MA Dept of Health
The Massachusetts Department of Health presents this video as part of their Breastfeeding Initiative to support new parents in the state achieve their feeding goals.
In collaboration with inpatient lactation consultants and postpartum nurses, the Breastfeeding & Lactation Clinic in the Mass General Department of OB/GYN works with new parents to support their chest or breastfeeding goals.
Amelia Henning, CNM, MSN, IBCLC, Director, Mass General Breastfeeding & Lactation Clinic
Amelia Henning, CNM, MSN, IBCLC, is the director of the Mass General Breastfeeding & Lactation Clinic, a staff nurse-midwife in the Midwifery Division in the Department of OB/GYN at Mass General, and a teaching associate with Harvard Medical School. She has a clinical interest in promoting breastfeeding and lactation, natural childbirth, and advocating for midwifery. She is a leader in the Mass General's Baby Friendly Hospital initiative. She sees patients in the Mass General Yawkey Obstetrics Program site. Amelia completed her midwifery education at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College.
Annie Brewer, RN, IBCLC
Annie Brewer, RN, BSN, IBCLC, is a staff nurse in the Mass General Department of OB/GYN. She is an obstetric nurse who provides care for patients and families across pregnancy and postpartum. Her passion is educating parents about breastfeeding and lactation. She is a facilitator of the Mass General Breastfeeding Support Group and serves on Mass General’s Breastfeeding Task Force. Annie completed her nursing degree at Arizona State University.
Collaborating for Comprehensive Care
We collaborate and refer patients across the Mass General Brigham system to ensure parents and babies have the resources they need to meet their breastfeeding goals.
The Pediatric Aerodigestive Center, a multidisciplinary collaboration between Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General for Children, provides care for pediatric patients with congenital and/or acquired disorders of the aero-digestive tract that may affect their ability to eat, breathe, or speak.
The Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center is dedicated to breast imaging for expert evaluation of breast lumps, nipple discharge, and other concerns as identified by a breastfeeding medicine specialist.
Our colleagues across Mass General Brigham also provide a variety of general breastfeeding and lactation services.
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Women and Newborns provides lactation support services
- Newton-Wellesley Hospital provides breastfeeding/lactation services including a support group and outpatient clinic
- Salem Hospital provides breastfeeding services including classes, a support group, and telephone counseling
Related News and Articles
- Staff Story
- Jul | 27 | 2022
For Amelia Henning, midwifery combines all the things she’s interested in: healthcare, women, and supporting natural processes. In the following Q&A, Amelia shares what she loves most about her career, what motivates her, and her love of problem-solving lactation challenges with new parents.