Breastfeeding and Lactation Support

Breastfeeding 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 babies challenges can occur.  

We are here to help you and recommend the guidance of a lactation consultant when any of the following issues arise:

  • Not enough milk or your baby is fussy
  • Pain when your baby latches and/or feeds
  • Baby is pulling off the breast or crying during feeding
  • Concern about your baby’s weight gain
  • Your baby is choking during breastfeeding
  • A reduction in your milk supply occurs
  • It is painful to use a breast pump
  • Continuing to use nipple shields after nipples heal
  • Breastfeeding is not easy and successful within the first 5 days
  • You have questions about breastfeeding

To support our breastfeeding mothers and babies, we offer lactation specialists in both offices.

Jennifer Siebold, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, is available in Portland and 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.”

Ellen Portrait, RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, is available in Tigard. She has provided lactation counseling to breastfeeding families for 20 years and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2012. Ellen came to PANW in 2014, her previous experience consists of working in pediatric outpatient clinics and pediatric hospital settings that included NICU and Nursery. Ellen views assisting breastfeeding mothers and their infants a privilege because “while breastfeeding is natural, and an important component to a baby’s health, it is not always easy.”

To schedule an appointment, please call:

Portland Office  503-227-0671          

Tigard Office 503-968-3480

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