Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) is now offering an Outpatient Lactation Service available to all breastfeeding mothers. Appointments may be made at Lompoc Valley Medical Center:Hospital, 1515 E. Ocean Ave. The service, by appointment, is available to all breastfeeding mothers, regardless of where the baby was delivered.
Breastfeeding mothers having trouble with newborn latching; milk supply; blocked ducts; over or under supply; pumping; bonding; nutrition; painful latch and any other issue associated with breastfeeding can have a one-on-one consultation with a Certified Lactation Consultant or a Lactation Educator for specialized support and guidance. With a referral from a Pediatrician, Obstetrician or Primary Care Physician, mothers may schedule 30-to-90 minute appointments for private consultations. Appointments may continue as necessary.
For more information about the Outpatient Lactation Service or to schedule an appointment, please call (805) 737-3395.
LVMC also offers a free weekly breastfeeding mothers support group, staffed by experienced lactation consultants. The group meets at 10 am on Fridays at the hospital.
Melinda DeHoyos is the director of Perinatal Services. Most recently, DeHoyos was the hospital’s Nurse Educator. She has a Master’s of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on leadership and management. She also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in biological sciences. She has six years experience in the OB department as a registered nurse.