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Breastfeeding Medicine Program

Breastfeeding Medicine Program

University Hospital, 8 Central

1215 Lee St.
Charlottesville, VA 22908

434.924.0000 (ask for breastfeeding consultant) ph.

Overview
Directions/Parking
Support Resources

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Weekends and Holidays | 9.00 am - 3:00 pm

Need Help?

Mothers needing breastfeeding help at home: Call 434.924.0000 and ask for the breastfeeding medicine consultant.

Doctors and healthcare providers: Call 434.982.3500 and use page ID 1636.

Did You Know?
UVA's is one of only 12 hospitals recognized by the Virginia Department of Health for its support to breastfeeding moms.

Questions or Comments?

For non-medical questions or comments about the Breastfeeding Medicine Program or any of our resources, call 434.982.3316.

In-Hospital Consultations

Our lactation consultants visit with every new mother after delivery. We also offer lactation support to all moms and babies coping with breastfeeding difficulties.

Our NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) provides support to families on a variety of breastfeeding issues unique to NICU babies.

We also provide follow-up phone calls to all breastfeeding moms for ongoing support.

Our services are offered seven days a week.

Outpatient Follow-up Visits

For personal breastfeeding issues, including:

  • Evaluation of latch and milk intake
  • Help with increasing milk supply
  • Management of breast refusal or nipple confusion
  • Evaluation of nipple and breast pain
  • Treatment for plugged ducts, engorgement, mastitis and sore nipples
  • Evaluation and treatment of tongue tie
  • Management for slow weight gain
  • Support for complex breastfeeding issues

We also provide:

  • Prenatal consultation
  • Help with pumping and and breastfeeding when returning to work/school
  • Education about the benefits of breast milk and tools for breastfeeding success

Your Team

The breastfeeding medicine team is led by Ann Kellams, MD, a pediatrician, certified lactation consultant and medical director of the UVA Newborn Nursery.

The team includes pediatricians, lactation consultants and nutritionists.

Map

From North: Take U.S. 29, which becomes Emmet Street. Follow Emmet Street, which becomes Jefferson Park Avenue, and bear left toward the UVA Medical Center.

From South: Take U.S. 29 to the U.S. 29 Business exit just past the I-64 interchange. At end of ramp, turn right onto Fontaine Avenue, which becomes Jefferson Park Avenue. Bear right at traffic light toward UVA Medical Center.

From East: Take I-64 to exit 118B (U.S. 29). Take the next exit (U.S. 29 Business.) At end of ramp, turn right onto Fontaine Avenue, which becomes Jefferson Park Avenue. Bear right at traffic light toward UVA Medical Center.

From West: Take I-64 to exit 118B (U.S. 29). Take the next exit (U.S. 29 Business.) At end of ramp, turn right onto Fontaine Avenue, which becomes Jefferson Park Avenue. Bear right at traffic light toward UVA Medical Center.

Parking

Parking is available in the Lee Street Parking Garage, directly across the street from University Hospital and Emergency Department. Take the green parking ticket you receive when you enter the garage to your patient registration site for validation to park for free.

Handicap Parking is located on levels B-E of the Lee Street Parking Garage. 

Breastfeeding Basics

Our Breastfeeding Basics Class is taught by a lactation consultant. The class covers how to get a good start feeding your baby and the many benefits of breastfeeding.

When: First Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $15, including take-home materials

Register: Call 434.982.3678

Parenting Classes

Find out about our other prenatal and parenting education classes.

Nursing Guidelines

Your first days with your baby can be overwhelming. Here's a simple guide (PDF) that can help make the initial days and weeks easier.

Additional Resources

There are many trusted local and national sources for breastfeeding help. You can print and save this list (PDF) of well-known groups and services.