Breastfeeding is one of the most important decisions you will make for yourself and your baby. The International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs) at Inova Women's Hospital are here to help you succeed and make breastfeeding a satisfying experience.

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Prenatal breastfeeding services

Lactation services during your stay

  • Bedside breastfeeding evaluations and problem solving as needed
  • Neonatal intensive care nursery visits for premature infants or infants with special needs
  • Multidisciplinary team approach to breastfeeding issues with your obstetrician/nurse

Outpatient breastfeeding services

  • In-person breastfeeding support group and latch checks
    • Tuesdays 2 – 3 p.m.
      • Classes takes place in a group setting. Females only please.
      • Participation is free and registration is not required.
      • Inova patients can meet on the 5th floor lobby of the women’s and children’s tower.
      • Parking in the Green garage is complimentary.
    • Breastfeeding support: The first and third Tuesday of the month. Our IBCLC certified lactation consultants will facilitate the group for Inova patients. Breastfeeding moms can connect with each other while feeding their baby. Scales available for weighted feeds.  
    • Latch check: The second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Females only please.
  • Lactation consultation with certified IBCLC Registered Nurse available by appointment in the Women's Boutique. A service fee applies. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 703-776-6455.
    • Infant weight check
    • Breast evaluation
    • Latch evaluation
    • Lactation success planning
  • Virtual breastfeeding support group – meets every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Email for the link.
  • Lactation phone support – Please leave a detailed message on our Lactation Warm Line by calling 703-776-4402.
  • Hospital-grade breast pump rentals in the Women's Boutique
  • Nursing bra fittings in the Women's Boutique
  • Patients with complex breastfeeding and lactation issues will be referred to Inova Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine