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breast pump

Pumping breast milk can be a great tool for mothers that need to be separated from their babies or wish to express their breast milk by an alternate method than nursing at the breast.

mother breastfeeding baby

As a lactation consultant, one of the most common worries I hear mothers express is a concern about their milk supply being too low or too high. When I was a new mother, I had these worries too. If you are experiencing concerns about milk production or infant growth, it’s very important to seek out skilled help from an experienced lactation consultant as well as working hand-in-hand with your baby’s pediatrician. This blog includes some general tips as a starting point for managing your milk production.

Hongxia (Helen) Tong

Hongxia (Helen) Tong is Infection Prevention and Control Nurse at our Comprehensive Care Center. She has been with LVMC since July 2007.

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A Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Self Care

The birth of a new baby brings tremendous joy as a family grows and welcomes new life into the world. Just as a baby is born, so too is a mother, and the postpartum period marked by so much happiness can also be a time of intense transition.

Clarissa VanCura, RN

Clarissa Van Cura is an admissions discharge nurse at the Comprehensive Care Center. She was hired in 2012 to work in the Medical/Surgical department at LVMC and moved to the CCC in the fall of 2013. She earned Employee of the Quarter honors in 2017.

Elizabeth McKenzie

When Elizabeth McKenzie arrived as a patient at the Comprehensive Care Center, she says she could “wiggle one foot, wiggle one hand, and flap my lips.”


(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has confirmed the first case of measles in the county since 2016. The person identified is a resident of Santa Barbara in his 20s. The individual is considered infectious between May 25, 2019, through June 2, 2019, but has been in isolation since May 29, 2019.

Lorena Martinez

Lorena Martinez is a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Comprehensive Care Center. She was hired as an Environmental Services technician in August 2015. Last year, she was accepted to – and passed – the CCC’s CNA class.