At UC San Diego Health, we support your choice to breastfeed. We encourage all mothers to hold their babies skin-to-skin right after delivery and to nurse right away whenever possible.
Our expert team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, certified lactation consultants and lactation educators.
Support for Breastfeeding Families
Services provided by our lactation experts include:
- Prenatal consultations
- Personal instruction after your baby's birth (available seven days a week for hospital inpatients)
- Help for babies with health issues or developmental delay
- Assistance with multiple births and premature babies
- Information about drugs and breastfeeding
- Lactation appointments for moms and babies needing help after they leave the hospital
- Hospital-grade breast pump rentals
We are nationally known for our breastfeeding support. Both our hospitals are designated Baby-Friendly for upholding the highest standards of infant feeding care by promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
During these classes, you’ll join an online videoconference at the same time as an instructor and other expectant parents:
UC Milk Bank
We partner with the UC Health Milk Bank to accept donations of breast milk for hospitalized or fragile children who need it. The non-profit milk bank accepts donated frozen breast milk and processes it to feed sick, premature or young infants when their mother lacks enough milk supply for their nutritional needs.
Call 858-249-MILK (6455) for more information.
Breast Pump Rentals
Patients and community members can rent hospital-grade breast pumps and buy breastfeeding supplies at our hospital gift shops.
Meet Our Outpatient Lactation Specialists
After you leave the hospital, you might need extra support from one of our lactation experts:
- Michelle L. Leff, MD, IBCLC, FAAP– pediatrician and certified lactation consultant
- Piper Sandel, MD, MPH – pediatrician and certified lactation consultant
- Eyla Boies, MD – pediatrician specializing in premature infants and breastfeeding
- Erin H. Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, IBCLC, BCS-S – speech-language pathologist and lactation consultant
UC San Diego Health does not accept free formula from baby formula companies. Instead, we purchase it for infants who are not breastfed, have special medical conditions or need additional supplementation. We also can provide donor breast milk to postpartum moms who need to supplement their breast milk supply.