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 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. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winn Holly (she/her), RN, IBCLC began working with families in 2012, first as a pediatric nurse, then expanding into lactation care in 2013. She has worked as a Lactation Consultant both in the pediatric setting, hospital setting and in her own private practice. She is passionate about helping families learn, grow and discover the joys of feeding their babies as they choose. She loves supporting all families as they define themselves and has worked specifically within the LGBTQ community.  While breast/chestfeeding might be the “ideal" choice for some, it can come with uncertainty and difficulties. When she is not immersed within the lactation world, Winn can be seen outside with her partner enjoying the PNW weather, loving on her three children and occasionally pretending to garden. She is available in our Portland office on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and in our Beaverton office on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Hour Parent Group

Find connection with other parents of new babies at PANW! We welcome all new parents (moms and dads), and feeding choices. Our weekly, drop-in gatherings are a place for parents to share the joys and challenges of infancy in a safe and supportive environment. Come as you are. One of our experienced, board-certified lactation consultants will facilitate these gatherings which will cover a wide range of topics around taking care of your baby and yourself during the early months. You do not have to be a patient to join us. Ask questions, learn helpful tips, and meet other parents going through a similar experience as you! 

Join us every Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 am

 https://zoom.us/j/99236023612

 

Breastfeeding Classes

Our classes are open to the community and are complimentary, however registration is required. Please call our offices to register. 

Chest/Breastfeeding Essentials For Expectant Parents

This prenatal lactation class is designed for soon-to-be and experienced parents. Babies are born to latch, but it doesn’t always occur naturally and can take guidance and practice. We invite you to join our knowledgeable board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC’s) to learn about the basics of infant feeding to help support you in all your feeding decisions.  

In this 3-hour class you will gain information about latch, positioning, possible challenges, troubleshooting tips and so much more. This comprehensive class will help you understand what to expect in the early hours, days, and weeks with your new infant. Please join us with all of your feeding questions. Partners/support persons are welcome and strongly advised to attend. 

Topics Covered: Benefits of human milk, what to expect right after delivery, the anatomy of making milk, the ins-and-outs of latch and how to get it “right,” common challenges you might face and how to fix them, what items you might need, partner support and roles in feeding, pumps and so much more. *This class is an intentional safe space for all LGBTQ+, polyamorous and non-binary families/people. If you have concerns or specific questions please email wholly@panwpc.com*

This class is currently offered virtually through Zoom (link will be emailed to you).

Click here for class schedule through the end of the year.

 

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.

This class is currently offered virtually through Zoom (link will be emailed to you). 

Click here for class schedule through the end of the year.

 

Blogs 

Breastfeeding Benefits Mom, Baby, Finances, and the Planet

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Breastfeeding Baby Gear

It Takes A Village 

Back to Work After Baby

 

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