Hospital Based Services
Breastfeeding Success Company partners with Ascension Seton Family of Hospitals in the greater Austin area to provide comprehensive lactation care in all its facilities. We have a vision of providing education and care throughout the entire life cycle of breastfeeding. With a complete staff of more than 35 IBCLCs and Registered Dieticians (RDs). Breastfeeding Success is expanding services and growing a robust lactation and neonatal nutrition services program.
- 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, families receive compassionate, evidence based, competent care. You will have access to a certified IBCLC and RD if needed. Though you may not need to ask for support, if you are experiencing breastfeeding difficulty and have not had contact with the IBCLC, simply ask your nurse to order a breastfeeding consultation. You will be visited by one of our Breastfeeding Success lactation consultants promptly. If your baby is in the NICU, the Neonatal RDs are attending rounds with the physicians every day to ensure that your baby is getting the best care possible. NICU LCs are available to help with direct breastfeeding or pumping.
Ascension Seton goes 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 time with your baby is encouraged immediately following delivery for both vaginal and cesarean births, providing that Mom and Baby are able. Partners are also encouraged to spend time skin to skin if Mom is feeling unwell.
- 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.
Donor Breastmilk Bridge Program
Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin on 38th St. and Dell Children’s Hospital now has Donor Expressed Breastmilk (DEBM) instead of formula available for moms who plan to exclusively breastfeed. This value added service has become policy at SMCA and Dell Children’s. The Donor Breastmilk Bridge Program will be expanding to the rest of the Ascension Seton network in coming months.
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 eight (8) times daily
- Baby is less than five days old (beyond five 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.
Please email us with questions.