Hours of Operation
Monday — Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Weekends by Appointment Only
We have found that support and education contribute to the success and length of time a woman is able to breastfeed her baby. That is why The Lactation Center is staffed with a board certified Lactation Consultant, as well as specially trained Breastfeeding Educators who are committed to helping mothers succeed in breastfeeding their babies.
Physicians, midwives or nurses may refer an individual to The Lactation Center or an individual may contact us directly at any time. And we do not require that a mother give birth at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital to utilize the services of The Lactation Center. We are here to serve all breastfeeding mothers, and are committed to creating healthy lives for the people of east Texas.
To ensure the well-being of both the mother and her baby, we work closely with other care providers and send routine summary reports to Primary Care providers following each visit a patient makes to The Lactation Center.
During Your Hospital Stay
Following the birth of your baby, your Labor Nurse will help get you and your baby started with breastfeeding. We have found it is crucial to your breastfeeding success that we take advantage of your baby's readiness to feed in the first hour following their birth.
During your hospital stay, you will be offered an individual consultation to assess your baby’s feeding style and help you with any breastfeeding difficulties you may be experiencing. You are welcome to request to see our board certified Lactation Consultant, who is a registered nurse, qualified in the areas of lactation, newborn and postpartum care. Or you may request the assistance of a Breastfeeding Educator, who has received specialized training in lactation and breastfeeding at any time.
Setting You Up For Success
Breastfeeding should be a positive and painless experience and all Mother Baby Nurses and Nursing Assistants at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances are trained in breastfeeding to provide the support you and your baby need. We provide information and assistance for a wide variety of breastfeeding needs including:
- Breastfeeding premature babies, multiples, babies with cleft lips or palates and even adopted babies
- Breastfeeding after breast surgery
- Re-starting breastfeeding after you have stopped
CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances has been recognized by the Texas Department of Health as a “Mother Friendly Worksite” due to our efforts to encourage employees to continue breastfeeding after they return to work by providing the time and location needed to express milk for their babies. All new mothers at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances benefit from The Lactation Center as well, in that it offers a comfortable and individualized space to express milk or breastfeed your baby in private.
The Smith County Public Health Department works closely with CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances and provides WIC (Department of Women, Infant, and Children) breastfeeding peer counselors for our facility, on a part-time basis. These counselors have breastfed their own children and have received training in order to work with, support and encourage new moms on personal level.