Breastfeeding Success is now partnering with Seton Family of Hospitals in the Austin area to provide comprehensive lactation care in all Seton facilities. We have a vision of providing education and care throughout the entire life cycle of breastfeeding. With a complete staff of 29 IBCLCs and RDs we will be able to expand services and grow the lactation and clinical nutrition services.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes
In Hospital Lactation Support with our team of LCs (all Seton facilities)
NICU Lactation Support (all Seton facilities)
NICU Dietetics Services (all Seton NICUs)
While in the hospital at any Seton facility, feel confident that you are getting compassionate, evidence based, competent care. You will have access to a certified IBCLC and RD if needed. Most likely you won’t have to ask for it but if you are experiencing breastfeeding difficulty and you have not had contact with the IBCLC, simply ask your nurse to order a breastfeeding consultation and you will be visited by one of our team members shortly. If your baby is in the NICU the Neonatal RDs will be doing rounds with the physicians every day to ensure that your baby is getting the best care possible and the NICU LCs are available to help with direct breastfeeding or pumping.
Seton has gone above and beyond to provide baby friendly, family centered care.
Here are a few of the standard policies and evidence based practices that you can expect.
- Skin to Skin after delivery for vaginal and C/S delivery unless the baby is in distress or mom is feeling unwell (in this case dad may be able to provide skin to skin contact.)
- Breastfeeding assistance in Labor and Delivery from nursing staff
- Delayed bath for at least 12 hrs (waiting to give the first bath can help babies regulate temperature, blood sugar, and help them breastfeed.)
- Rooming in – most procedures can be done in the room with you so that you can learn your baby’s cues.
- No pacifiers unless requested, a painful medical procedure is being performed, or the baby is separated from you while in the NICU.
- Access to an IBCLC for breastfeeding assistance
- Referral for outpatient support once you leave the hospital through Breastfeeding Success, Mom’s Place, or other private practice IBCLCs in your area.
Seton Medical Center Austin on 38th and Dell Children’s Hospital is piloting the use of Donor Breastmilk (DEBM) instead of formula for moms who plan to exclusively breastfeed, have a medical need for supplementation, and are not able to pump enough milk for that supplement. The pilot runs through the end of April with the intent to make it a permanent value added service that can expand to the rest of the network. Thus far results have been great and we anticipate the continuation and expansion of the project.
Criteria for DEBM protocol
- Plan to exclusively breastfeed
- Baby has a medical need for supplementation that mom is not able to provide through regular pumping
- Breastmilk supplement is ordered by the pediatrician
- Mom continues to pump for supplementation at least 8 times daily
- Baby is less than 5 days old (beyond 5 days, with a prescription from the pediatrician families may be able to purchase donor breastmilk from the Milk Bank )
All of these excellent services combined can make for a great experience and overall success in achieving your breastfeeding goals. We are so proud to be a part of this collaboration.
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