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Breastfeeding Education & Support

BabyBEST - Breastfeeding Education and Support Together - is a program offered by the BirthPlace to support nursing mothers.  Recognizing that breast milk is the best nutrition for babies, our lactation consultants promote successful breastfeeding by offering education, consultations and breast pump rentals.

No matter where you delivered your baby, you may use our services. Just call the helpline - 240-566-3880 - or make an appointment to stop by at a time that is convenient for you. Arrangements for services can also be made by physicians or other healthcare providers.


BabyBEST Services

FREE Services

  • Telephone consultations
  • Inpatient consultations
  • Weekly support group for breastfeeding mothers and babies

For-Fee Services

  • Breastfeeding Education Class (held monthly – please call 240-566-4367 for class registration ONLY!)
  • Breastfeeding aids and accessories
  • Electric breast pump rentals
  • Medela nursing bras available
  • Available 7 Days a Week

Who provides services?

Our lactation consultants are women who are healthcare professionals specializing in the management of breastfeeding. All are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. Most are mothers who have nursed several children themselves.

How can I contact the BabyBEST program?

The BabyBEST telephone number is 240-566-3880. The telephone line has an answering machine that is checked daily. Our services are available Monday through Saturday to answer questions, solve acute breastfeeding problems, rent breast pumps and provide support for nursing mothers. The BabyBEST office is located on the first floor of the hospital along the corridor that leads into the FMH BirthPlace.


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