Milwaukee breastfeeding support

Lactation management service

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee has certified lactation consultants who offer support to breastfeeding mothers and their babies and help provide a positive and successful breastfeeding experience. Our staff also helps mothers who express their milk (remove milk from their breasts).

Conditions we address

This program provides support to:

  • Mothers and hospitalized infants who experience lactation or breastfeeding difficulties, such as:
    • Engorgement
    • Medication use and safety
    • Sore nipples
    • Low milk supply
  • Families and health care team members when infants have feeding challenges, including:
    • Jaundice
    • Prematurity
    • Heart defects
    • Respiratory problems
    • Down syndrome
    • Cleft lip and palate
    • Neurological problems
    • Surgery
    • Allergy
    • Multiple births (twins, triplets)
    • Birth defects
  • Mothers and babies who are separated due to medical, work or educational needs.
  • Mothers who need help with breast milk pumping, pump usage, management of breast milk collection and storage, and obtaining breast pumps for home use.

Our services

This program provides the following services:

Individual consultations

The Lactation Management Service provides individual consultations Monday through Friday, and rotating Saturdays and Sundays.

Children’s Hospital lactation consultants talk with mothers by phone, schedule a visit at the bedside and meet with families during a prenatal appointment if families are being seen through the Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin. A physician or nurse can order a prenatal, inpatient and outpatient consultation, or families can call (414) 266-1757 to leave a message for a lactation consultant. A consultant will automatically be paged when a message is left.

Pump rooms

The Lactation Management Service has double electric breast pumps available throughout the hospital for mothers to use. Pump rooms are available in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and most inpatient units. The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Clinics Building has a breastfeeding room, which is located behind the information desk, that is available to families and staff.

Equipment rentals

Breast pumps and other breastfeeding equipment are available for rental and purchase at the Skywalk Pharmacy, located in the Clinics Building, right off the second-floor skywalk. For information about the options, costs and hours, call (414) 266-1893.

About the staff

Our team includes four lactation consultants who are registered nurses. They have extensive training, education and experience in lactation and are international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLC). They offer a wealth of experience and knowledge working with premature infants through toddlers.

In addition to the lactation team, certified lactation educators (CLEs) are available to help and support families.

Barbara Hayes-Dineen, BS, RN, IBCLC, RLC

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Hayes-Dineen earned her nursing degree in 1986 and worked as a pediatric nurse before joining the Children’s Hospital staff in 1988. She worked on the infant unit as a registered nurse while consulting with moms and babies for 13 years.

She has been an international board certified lactation consultant since 1993. She is certified in CPR and is a professional member of the Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants and the International Association of Lactation Consultants.

 

Lisa Ann Brock, BSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC

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Brock earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1988. She began her nursing career at Children’s Hospital the same year, working as a registered nurse on the infant unit. She moved to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 1999.

Brock has been an international board certified lactation consultant since 1998. She is certified in CPR and is a professional member of the Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants, the International Lactation Consultant Association, the United States Lactation Consultant Association and the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition. She is currently an active board member of the developing Mother’s Milk Bank of Western Great Lakes.

Linda McNamara, BS, RN, IBCLC, RLC

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McNamara has a Bachelor of Science in Health Education with a minor in nutrition in addition to her nursing degree. She has been a registered nurse for more than 29 years, and has served for 18 years at Children’s Hospital. She worked in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from 1994 to 2002, and has served on our Lactation Management Team since 2002.

McNamara also has worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Ill., the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

She became an international board certified lactation consultant in 1999. She is certified in CPR is a professional member of the Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants and the International Lactation Consultant Association. She also is an active member of March of Dimes NICU Family Support Committee.

Kris Walleser, BSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC

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Walleser has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She began her career as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurse at Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. She joined Children’s Hospital in 1991 as a staff nurse in the infant unit, and was a patient care supervisor until 2000. Walleser left Children’s Hospital to become a lactation consultant at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee in the Family Birth Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She rejoined Children’s Hospital in 2012.

Walleser has been an international board certified lactation consultant since 1998. She is certified in CPR and is a professional member of the Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants and International Lactation Consultant Association.