Deciding to breastfeed your baby is the greatest gift you can give your child by providing the best possible start in life. Breastfeeding benefits you and your baby in many ways including: mother-baby bonding, perfect nutrition, cost-savings and health benefits for you and your little one. It is a choice made by most new mothers but it can be a challenge. Breastfeeding is a natural process but it does not always come naturally. As a result, some new mothers have trouble getting started. Breastfeeding is a learned skill and like any new skill it requires patience and practice.
At Potomac Pediatrics, we believe that it is important to offer all of the support and encouragement you need to successfully breastfeed your baby for as long as you wish. We accomplish this by getting things started off right. When you come into our office for your newborn visit you will first meet with our board certified lactation consultant who will take a history, answer questions, offer advice and help formulate a breastfeeding plan that works for each mother-baby pair. The appointment will finish up with one of our pediatric practitioners who will examine your baby and address any other concerns you have.

We continue to support breastfeeding mothers by offering the services of our on-site, board certified lactation consultants who are skilled at assisting new mothers with:

  • poor infant weight gain
  • latch difficulty
  • nipple confusion/preference (baby)
  • nipple soreness (mom)
  • low milk supply
  • engorgement
  • plugged ducts
  • mastitis
  • jaundice
  • premature infants
  • breastfeeding multiples
  • moms returning to work
  • helping new parents find ways to get more sleep
  • other breastfeeding issues

Services offered by our lactation consultant include:

  • Office Visits
  • Office Consultations
  • Phone Support
  • E-mail Support
  • Free Mother-Baby Support Group moderated by our breastfeeding specialists
  • Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes

We provide comprehensive lactation consults which include:

  • Full health history of both mom and baby
  • Assessment of mom’s breasts and baby’s relevant anatomy
  • Detailed assessment of a breastfeeding session
  • If desired, measurement of baby’s weight before and after the feed to gauge milk intake
  • Individualized feeding plan developed by lactation consultant and mother together
  • Follow-up support via phone or e-mail

Request an appointment

You may also submit a request through your child’s patient portal account or by calling us at (301) 279-6750.

Private 1-hr consultations are $50 for current patients and due at the time of service. We do not bill your insurance for lactation consultations but we provide you a superbill so you can submit for reimbursement.

Prepare for your private consultation:

Feed your baby (but not too much!):
In order to work together through a full feeding, your baby should come ready to eat. It can be a bit of a “Goldilocks” situation. You do not want your baby to be too hungry because a stressed out baby who has been crying might not have the energy or the patience to feed well but a baby who is too full will not be interested in feeding during the consult. To achieve the “just right” situation you should offer your baby a substantial feeding at least an hour and a half to two hours before our consultation.

Feed yourself:
Make sure you eat a good meal before your meeting with the lactation consultant. This will help you feel your best and allow you to retain more information.

Bring Back-up:
It is often helpful to have a support person present so you can learn together. This person can help you remember information discussed during the appointment.

Bring Any Breastfeeding Accessories:

Your breasts and the baby are the only essentials but if you are using any breastfeeding tools: a special pillow, nipple shield, etc. bring those along as well. We have additional supplies in our office if needed.

Join us for one of our Mother-Baby groups/classes:
New Mother-Baby Support Group

For moms and their newborn babies ages 0-6 months. Meet the second and fourth Wednesday at 1:00 pm of each month in the conference room at Potomac Pediatrics. The group is led by Maureen Mills, RN, IBCLC. This group is FREE to current patients and participating will allow you to:

  • Meet other new Moms
  • Get advice from professionals as well as new moms going through similar experiences
  • Learn about topics related to caring for a newborn
  • Free for Potomac Pediatrics patient

Coming Soon:
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

This class will give expectant parents the skills needed to manage the first two weeks and offer strategies for the successful continuation of breastfeeding. Led by Maureen Mills, RN, IBCLC this class will cover:

  • Benefits of Breastfeeding
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Lactation
  • Composition of Breast milk
  • What to expect those early days
  • Proper Latch and Positioning
  • How to prevent problems BEFORE they happen
  • Building a strong milk supply
  • Ensuring baby is getting enough
  • Nutrition for Nursing Mother
  • Returning to Work: Pumping and Milk Storage

Please stay tuned for upcoming dates!

Breastfeeding FAQ