Lactation Consultation

Women First is pleased to provide our new mothers with breastfeeding support services by a certified lactation counselor. Lactation counselors are allied health care providers who, by meeting eligibility requirements and passing an independent examination, possess the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to facilitate breastfeeding. With a focus on preventive health care, they encourage self-care and decision-making both prenatally and postnatally.

Studies have shown breast feeding prevents many childhood illnesses and reduces the risk of certain cancers in women. Extensive research has established that breast milk is the superior method of feeding your baby.

Our certified lactation counselor, Shannon Bretz, ARNP, CLC, is available to support our patients in the following ways:

- Evaluation of proper positioning and latch-on

- Prevention and management of sore nipples

- Prevention and management of engorgement

- Making the most of your breast pump

- Evaluate and treat patients with low milk supply

- Milk collection and storage

- Diet and breastfeeding

- Breastfeeding Q & A

Contact our scheduling department at 502.891.8700 to reserve your lactation consultation appointment.

Shannon Bretz, ARNP
Shannon received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville, followed by her Nurse Practitioner certification in 2008 and her Lactation Counselor Certification in 2009. She joined Women First in 2008. Shannon’s background includes working several years as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Baptist Hospital East. Shannon joined Women First in 2008, working with our physician obstetric team and also serving as Women First’s lactation counselor.
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