Breastfeeding offers physical and emotional advantages to both mother and baby. As strong advocates of breastfeeding, the team at the Children’s Clinic employs an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC).
The practice offers free education classes for expectant and new moms living in and around the Billings, Montana, area and free breastfeeding consultations for moms whose kids are Children’s Clinic patients at their West End and downtown offices.
As you consult the resources and information available on this page, please keep in mind that our International Board Certifies Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Lesli Gould, is always available to assist you with any breastfeeding needs you may have throughout your breast feeding journey.
As you anticipate the birth of your little one and begin to navigate the journey of parenthood, we at the Children's Clinic are here to support you every step of the way. With this in mind, we offer specific lactation services to promote the valuable breastfeeding relationship between mothers and their babies.
In recent years, the medical and scientific community has determined that breast milk is the optimal food for newborns and babies. The current standard of care for infants is this:
As long as breast milk supply is good and baby is gaining well, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding baby nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life, with continued breastfeeding for at least a year (longer if mom and baby want to). The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding for two years. So, breastfeeding families can know that by breastfeeding, they are giving their baby the best food possible.
At the Children's Clinic, lactation support will continue to be available free of charge to you and your baby as long as you need assistance with breastfeeding. If breastfeeding issues arise, you can easily schedule a consultation at the downtown Children's Clinic location. Our lactation consultant works very closely with you and your child's pediatrician to monitor your baby's growth and breast milk intake to ensure your baby is feeding and growing well.
Free online breastfeeding classes:
Your first and second night home from the hospital may be more than a little challenging! It's almost like your newborn suddenly realizes that they are no longer in the warm, safe environment of the womb and life outside is a little scary! Your newborn may be fussy, cluster feed, or forget that they know how to nurse altogether! Some babies don't do this, but if yours does, realize this is normal newborn behavior for the first or second night home from the hospital. Realize that your baby is 'programmed' to go to the breast often. It's their job to stimulate the transition from colostrum to mature milk. It's perfectly normal for a baby to ask to go to the breast often. Feed when they ask to feed.
Download informational PDF's by clicking on a link below for a wealth of information about your first days at home. And remember, help is only a phone call away.
Your support during your loved ones' breastfeeding journey is invaluable for both mom and baby. Providing understanding and support for the breastfeeding pair is one of the most valuable investments you can make in your family's future health and well-being. Having positive support when breastfeeding can be key to successful breastfeeding. In fact, statistics say it increases success by at least 75%! While it may seem unlikely that you can help with baby's breastfeeding, YOU are an important component in the success of breastfeeding for this little one! You can make this happen through your attitude, actions, and words.
If you find yourself in need of some advice & encouragement from other partners, we recommend visiting the following websites:
Lactation @ the Children's Clinic
Lesli Gould, IBCLC
Breastfeeding Classes are offered at the Children's Clinic, along with assistance with pumping and returning to work or school.
For General Breastfeeding Questions: