Breastfeeding and Lactation Support
PANW endorses the American Academy of Pediatrics’ advice that babies breastfeed until at least 12 months of age. Although breastfeeding is the best and most natural way to feed your baby, it does not always occur naturally and challenges can occur. It often takes guidance and practice, even for experienced mothers.
We are here to help you! PANW is committed to providing compassionate, judgement-free, individualized, and evidence-based breastfeeding support. We recommend the guidance of our expert lactation consultants when any of the following issues arise:
- Difficulty with latch and positioning
- Breasts or nipples are sore
- Concerns about your baby’s weight
- Worries about your milk supply
- Worries about how your baby acts during or after feedings
- Nipple shield use
- History of breastfeeding difficulty
- Previous breast surgery
- Pumping advice
- Questions about breastfeeding and/or pumping
Lactation consultants are available Monday through Friday, and in both offices. They are an integrated part of your care team and work in collaboration with your pediatrician to monitor your infant’s growth and overall health.
Jennifer Siebold, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner has been with Pediatric Associates of the Northwest since 1997. She has a Master's Degree in Nursing from the Oregon Health and Science University, specialty training in lactation counseling, and 20 years’ experience working with breastfeeding families. Jennifer views her role as one which empowers mothers, supporting them through this major life changing event. “I believe in exploring every option available to the mother. What works for one may not work for another.” Jennifer is available in our Portland office on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Katie Kennedy, RN, IBCLC started her career as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse in 2004 where she discovered a passion for helping and educating families about infant feeding. She went on to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and has provided breastfeeding support in a hospital setting since 2013. Katie joined PANW in 2018 to work more closely with our providers and breastfeeding families of all ages. Her gentle and thorough approach aims to make the breastfeeding experience healthy and rewarding for the entire family. Katie wants you to know that from her perspective “Breastfeeding success is different for everyone and my goal is to help you define and meet your specific breastfeeding goals.” Katie is available in our Tigard office Monday through Friday.
To schedule an appointment, please call:
Portland Office 503-227-0671
Tigard Office 503-968-3480
Our classes are open to the community and are complimentary, however registration is required. Please call our offices to register.
Breastfeeding Essentials For Expectant Parents
This prenatal breastfeeding class is designed for soon-to-be parents. Babies are born to breastfeed, but it doesn’t always occur naturally and can take guidance and practice. We invite you to learn about breastfeeding basics to help support your feeding decisions. You will gain good information about latch, positioning, possible challenges, and much more. This comprehensive class will help you understand what to expect with your new infant. Partners/support persons are welcome to attend.
Back to Work After Baby
Are you a breastfeeding or pumping mother returning to work? This class is designed to help families through this new phase of parenting with information, strategies, tips, and planning to help create balance at work and home. You will gain knowledge and tools that address the physical and emotional challenges of this new transition. We invite and encourage you to bring your partner/support person and baby. This class is most beneficial to attend after your baby is born.
- Breast Pump Rental Stations http://www.portlandpediatric.com//breast-pump-rental-stations
- Practical Breastfeeding Information and Support http://kellymom.com/
- Nursing Mother’s Counsel http://www.nursingmotherscounsel.org/
- La Leche League http://lalecheleagueoregon.webs.com/
- Haberman feeder demonstration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2ZOpQ0ME2k