Breast Feeding: MUSC Lactation Consultants

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Guest: Dr. Jean Rhodes - RN, PhD.

Host: Dr. Linda Austin Psychiatrist

 

Announcer:

Welcome to an MUSC Health Podcast.

Dr. Linda Austin:

I am Dr. Linda Austin. I am talking today with Dr. Jean Rhodes, who is a Nurse Practitioner and she is the Manager of the MUSC Lactation Consultation Service. Dr. Rhodes, we have, as I understand, a very special service that we offer to new mothers here at MUSC, can you talk about that service please?

Dr. Jean Rhodes:

Sure, I will be happy to. Currently, there are five lactation consultants here at MUSC and all of us are Advanced Practice Nurses or Nurse Practitioners. I am a Certified Nurse-Midwife and I have a PhD. and my colleagues all have masters degrees, so we are both registered nurses and practitioners and all of us are also board certified in lactation. We are very well 0.55 to do it what we do, and we only focus on lactation, which is a love for all us. We round on mothers on the postpartum unit, who are breastfeeding and we see mothers in the intensive care nurseries after they have gone home from the hospital and if their babies are still here, we support them through that process of lactation for either a sick or a premature baby and we also have a lactation clinic now for the community. One of us from our service is in the clinic; we have it twice a week and we can manage all kinds of problems related to lactation, both simple problems seem simple to us, things like latch, but also medical problems like mastitis, which is an infection of the breast. Because of our nurse practitioners, we can prescribe antibiotics, other things as needed for moms who are having problems. One of the things that we specialize in our medications to help increase milk supply for mothers , who are really struggling with a low milk supply either due to a physical condition or returning back to work or stress. So, we have a very unique service in clinic.

Dr. Linda Austin:

For mother who has not necessarily delivered her baby at MUSC or whose baby has not an MUSC pediatrician, if she is need of your help, can she come to your clinic?

Dr. Jean Rhodes:

Absolutely, we take a self-referral, women can decide that they would like to come themselves, and we take referrals from physicians in the community both obstetricians, pediatricians, and in addition Family Practice. Our lactation consultants are in a unique position here that we educate all of those disciplines, both the students and the residents in terms of lactation management. So, we have a really good relationship with the physicians around staff here and many of the ones in the community.

Dr. Linda Austin:

Dr. Rhodes, it sounds like a terrific service that you are offering the community. Thank you so much for talking with us today.

Dr. Jean Rhodes:

Thank you for having me.

Announcer:

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