Lactation and Newborn Follow-Up Care
The care you deserve from the name you trust.
The CHRISTUS Mother Baby Clinic is dedicated to supporting Southeast Texas families as we bridge the gap between your hospital stay and care at home, all while in partnership with your pediatrician’s office.
We offer a wide range of services including breastfeeding support, weight management, jaundice management, circumcision, and frenotomy.
The CHRISTUS Mother Baby Clinic is staffed with experienced, trusted lactation consultants and maternal-child registered nurses. Surgical procedures are performed by board-certified neonatologists.
Bridging the gap between home and your pediatrician.
- Jaundice management – Jaundice is defined as a yellow discoloration of skin and eyes, caused by an excess of bilirubin in the blood and is very common in the newborn period. It can often lead to multiple visits for blood work.
The Mother Baby Clinic offers simple, quick access for jaundice checks. We can easily assess jaundice with a pain-free meter that measures levels in the skin.
- Weight Management – Caring for a newborn that is losing weight or slow to gain weight can be difficult.
The Mother Baby Clinic offers expert breastfeeding assessments, weighted feedings, and individualized feeding plans to help your baby gain appropriately.
Additionally, you will receive a personalized feeding plan and in-clinic weight progress follow-ups as needed until your baby has a healthy, established weight gain pattern.
- Circumcision - The Mother Baby Clinic offers circumcision services for those infants that were unable to receive it at the time of birth due to insurance or medical reasons.
If your baby is under three months of age, circumcision may be performed in our clinic as an outpatient procedure.
Circumcisions are performed by board-certified neonatologists and take place under local anesthesia.
- Frenotomy – The lingual frenulum is a small fold of tissue that anchors the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. When the frenulum seems unusually short or tight, it may be referred to as being “tongue tied.”
Frenotomy is the procedure of cutting this small fold to permit greater movement of the tongue.
Frenotomy may also be necessary when the lingual frenulum is impairing the infant’s ability to breastfeed.
- Breastfeeding Support – Breastfeeding support in Southeast Texas is led by international board certified lactation consultants. CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth (Beaumont)
have established outpatient lactation services to assist mothers and babies in need of breastfeeding support.
All moms are welcome, even those who delivered their babies somewhere other than CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth. Here, mothers can meet one-on-one with an international board-certified lactation consultant to address their specific needs and those of their babies.
Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally.
Lactation services at the Mother Baby Clinic in Beaumont provides dedicated support to assist families in achieving their personal breastfeeding goals with professional, compassionate,
and knowledgeable lactation expertise. By carefully listening, we seek to empower mothers in a collaborative manner with education and evidenced-based practices. We offer a welcoming,
nurturing environment where moms can freely share their experiences, allowing them to lower their stress when breastfeeding is challenging.
Services and amenities:
- One-on-one consultation with an RN/internationally board certified lactation consultant
- Consultations consist of breastfeeding history, maternal and infant health history, examination of mother’s breasts and infant’s mouth, observation and assessment of a nursing session, teaching of techniques to facilitate correct and effective breastfeeding, infant weight check with digital scale, and a written, personalized plan of care to promote breastfeeding success.
- Literature resources
Outpatient lactation support can assist with these mother concerns:
- Pain related to nipple/breast, mastitis, engorgement, plugged ducts, thrush/yeast, latch problems
- Low milk supply or oversupply and weaning support
- Health history such as fertility issues, breast surgeries, prior breastfeeding issues, hormonal issues and breast health concerns
- Slow weight gain, supplemental feeds
- Non-latching baby, suck dysfunction, oral motor issues, tongue and lip tie
- Feeding tools such as bottles, nipple shields
- Special concerns such as prematurity, multiples, traumatic birth, medical and anatomical issues
Services - A Comprehensive Approach to Care
Consultations with our International Board Certified lactation consultants are available by appointment and require a physician referral. Referrals are accepted for all mothers and babies; regardless of their delivery hospital or method of payment.
At CHRISTUS Southeast Texas in Beaumont, we support mothers in breastfeeding their babies as newborns and beyond.
CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth is a Texas Ten Step facility that continually seeks to improve maternity care practices throughout Southeast Texas and also the only Baby Friendly designated facility in our region.
CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System
Mother Baby Clinic
2830 Calder Street, 3rd Floor
Beaumont, Texas 77702
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Call 409.236.BABY (2229) to schedule by appointment only. Referral required.
Certified Lactation Consultants
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth for excellence in lactation care.
For the seventh time since 2008, St. Elizabeth has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth has four IBCLCs who make daily rounds on all breastfeeding moms. The personal bedside lactation consults during the first few days of life provide a nurturing environment that lowers stress when breastfeeding is challenging. The team also manages an outpatient Mother Baby Clinic where mothers can return for breastfeeding assistance after discharge.
IBCLCs focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping families overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows. They assist families returning to work or school, help families in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.
“Earning this award again shows our continued commitment to help families achieve their personal breastfeeding goals. We are proud to be the only hospital in Beaumont, and one of only 12 hospitals in Texas, to bring this high level of lactation care to our community,” said Stacie LeBlanc, BSN, RNC, IBCLC, Lead Lactation Consultant at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth. “Breastfeeding provides many benefits for babies but can also be challenging for mothers. We are grateful to moms who entrust us with their care on this important journey.”
To schedule an appointment at the Outpatient Lactation Clinic at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth or speak with a lactation consultant, please call 409-236-2229.