Lactation Services

Due to the to the medical, psychological, and economic benefits, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life and continued breastfeeding after baby foods are added to their diet until at least 12 months of age.

At Children’s National, we understand how important breastfeeding is for families and we aim to provide mothers with the caring support, knowledge, and encouragement they need. While at the hospital, families can ask their child’s nurse for a lactation consult or even call ahead with questions or concerns. As a health system, we also offer community lactation support services free of charge at our Health Center on Good Hope Road.

Good Hope Road Health Center

Children’s Health Center – East of the River Lactation Services

At the Children’s Health Center on Good Hope Road, lactation support services are offered free of charge on a daily basis during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm). These services include:

  • A four-week prenatal breastfeeding education class that is offered on a rolling basis two days per week. This class is free and is facilitated by a lactation consultant, breastfeeding peer counselor, and a WIC nutritionist. Class topics include: “Getting Started”, “Breastfeeding in the First Few Weeks,” “Keeping Things Going When Life Returns,” and “Breastfeeding After 6 Months.”
  • Community lactation support services for breastfeeding families in the entire Washington, DC, metro area. Breastfeeding support equipment (e.g., breast pumps) is also available for those who are enrolled in DC WIC
  • Mom-to-mom breastfeeding support groups
  • Back-to-work breastfeeding consults to help breastfeeding mothers prepare to return to the workforce or school while meeting their breastfeeding goals

About the Program

The East of the River Lactation Support Center is a collaborative program between Children's National, the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program, and the DC Breastfeeding Coalition. The program aims to help mothers in the Washington, DC, metro area who choose to breastfeed reach their breastfeeding goals through prenatal breastfeeding education and post-partum breastfeeding support.

Contact Us

For more information, contact us at 202-476-6941.

Address

2501 Good Hope Road, SE
Washington, DC 20020

Main Hospital

Sheikh Zayed Campus Lactation Services

At the main hospital, one-on-one lactation consults can be scheduled Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. These services include:

  • Support and education for breastfeeding mothers to help them reach their breastfeeding goals
  • Breastfeeding support for premature infants and babies with complex health problems
  • Working with families to prevent and manage breastfeeding challenges
  • Referrals on where to obtain breastfeeding supplies and equipment
  • Teaching mothers how to use breastfeeding equipment, including breast pumps
  • Assisting and preparing families for breastfeeding needs and/or challenges they may encounter once at home with their child

Contact Us

At Children’s National, we want to help you meet your personal breastfeeding goals and for you to be able to successfully breastfeed your child. If you need guidance or encouragement, please ask your healthcare provider about scheduling a personal consultation. Families on our inpatient units may also directly contact Lactation Services at 202-476-7821 to schedule a personal consultation.  

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