Breastfeeding Support Phone Line
Questions or concerns about breastfeeding? You can speak directly with a Lactation Consultant by calling our Breastfeeding Support Phone Line. The phone line is covered Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Leave a message after hours and a consultant will return your call as soon as possible.
In-person consultations are available to nursing mothers who may need baby weight checks or pump instructions. Please call to make an appointment with one of our Lactation Consultants; the first 15 minutes of any visit are free. Call 864-675-4215 to make an appointment.
Breastfeeding Support Group
Our monthly breastfeeding support group is led by a Lactation Consultant and breastfeeding moms. The group talks about specific breastfeeding topics with time for questions and answers. Come share your tips and hear tips from other Upstate moms!
St. Francis Lactation Center
The St. Francis Lactation Center is located on the 4th floor at St. Francis Eastside, and offers services and supplies designed to help breastfeeding mothers. The center sells lactation items such as Medela pumps, nursing bras, nursing gowns and accessories. You may also rent a breast pump for $35/two weeks or $70/month. Please call 864-675-4215 for rental information.
Nursing Bra Fittings
All of our Lactation Consultants are Medela Certified bra fitters. To schedule a bra fitting with an Lactation Consultant, please call 864-675-4215. You can also request that a Lactation Consultant visit you in your hospital room after delivery for a bra fitting.
Baby Friendly Designation
St. Francis Eastside is certified as a Baby Friendly Hospital by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. As a Baby Friendly Hospital, we provide the care and support you need to get you and your baby off to the best start possible breastfeeding. Among our policies are that we:
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
- Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
- Practice rooming in - allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
Our Lactation Consultants
Our team of Lactation Consultants are health professionals who specialize in breastfeeding. Each of them has received her IBCLC certification, which shows that she is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.