The Lactation Center

The Lactation Center is a comprehensive lactation program in Oklahoma providing the full range of lactation services, including inpatient care seven days a week, an outpatient lactation clinic through OU Physicians, telephone help and an experienced team of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). We also staff the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Resource Center

 Watch this video on why certified lactation consultants are important. 

The Lactation Center is also an official milk bank depot, serving as a collection site for the Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank.

Working closely with a wide variety of health care team members, lactation consultants handle a range of situations:

  • Healthy mothers and babies experiencing some temporary breastfeeding challenges

  • Sick babies or mothers who have been readmitted to the hospital

  • Tiny, premature infants whose mothers are expressing milk and eagerly awaiting the special day when they can help their babies learn to breastfeed

Our lactation team is part of your health care team and collaborates with the nursing and physician teams to ensure that you and your family receive the most up-to-date breastfeeding care.

We continue to help after a baby goes home, either in the outpatient clinic or by our breastfeeding hotline: 877-271-MILK.

The Lactation Center is known around Oklahoma and the United States for clinical care, professional education, research and advocacy.

Clinical Expertise

  • The Lactation Center team facilitated the addition of pasteurized donor milk as a nutritional option for babies who are patients at OUMC.

  • The Lactation Center team launched the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline in 2009 with support from the Oklahoma State Department of Health and OU Medicine. This free hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and callers will speak with an IBCLC. 

Training & Education:

  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health sends staff to the Lactation Center for clinical training to help them become lactation consultants

  • The state's Children First program has sent nurses for a course taught by Lactation Center staff

  • All Lactation Consultants provide clinical training for OU Medicine's physicians and nurses, medical students, nursing students and others

  • OU Medicine pediatric resident physicians can spend an entire month working in lactation as one of their electives

  • Developed a DVD to train health care providers, recently produced by Injoy Videos and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) titled Breastfeeding: Best Practices, 2008

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