Lactation Services at The Children's Clinic

1 At the Children's Clinic, we believe that breastfeeding is the best beginning for all babies and we have provided breastfeeding education, assistance and support for mothers and babies free of charge for the past 30 years.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, longer if mother chooses. Breastfeeding is optimal for both babies and mothers. For babies it can protect against infections and reduce the rates of later health problems.

What does Children's Clinic offer to breastfeeding mothers?

  • We offer a complementary prenatal breastfeeding class every other month for expectant families.
  • If you deliver at St. Vincent's Hospital, our pediatricians and our lactation consultant will visit you and your new baby in the hospital.
  • Our lactation consultant works very closely with you and with your pediatrician to monitor your baby's growth and breastmilk intake to be sure your baby is feeding correctly.
  • When breastfeeding issues arise, the lactation consultant is available to assist you when you need her. You can easily schedule a consultation appointment with her at the downtown Children's Clinic and she is also available for phone consultations.
  • You will visit with the lactation consultant at your baby's first clinic appointment.
  • The lactation consultant will continue to be available free of charge to you and your baby as long as you need assistance with breastfeeding.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • Early breast milk perfect for your baby- Known as colostrum, this early breast milk is very rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect your baby. Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrum at each feeding, it matches the amount his or her tiny stomach can hold. Mature breastmilk usually comes in between the 3rd and 5th day after birth
  • Breast milk changes as the baby grows - your breastmilk adjusts to each stage of your baby's development.
  • Breast milk is easier to digest - human breast milk is perfectly compatible for baby's delicate digestive system.
  • Breast milk fights disease - Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia. Breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma and allergies. Children who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
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  • Breastfeeding protects mothers too - Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
  • Life can be easier when you breastfeed - Breastfeeding may take a little more effort at first. But it can make life easier once you and your baby settle into a good routine.
  • Breastfeeding can save money - Families can save between $1,200 - $2,500 in expenditures on infant formula in the first year alone.
  • Mothers miss less work - Breastfeeding mothers miss fewer days from work because their infants are sick less often.
Lesli Gould, IBCLC, CLE
Certified Lactation Educator
Email her at:
Contact her by phone at: 530-802-0975


Prenatal Breastfeeding Class Dates for 2018
  • March 10
  • May 5
  • July 14
  • September 8
  • November 10
1 Classes meet on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
at the West End Children's Clinic, 3401 Avenue E (on Zimmerman Trail, across from Billings OB-GYN Associates).
Fill out the registration form and email the information to Lesli at

Links to helpful breastfeeding websites

1 General Breastfeeding Questions

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