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Lactation Program

Whether you decide to breast or bottle feed, the PinnacleHealth Lactation Program offers education and support to give all babies the best possible nutritional start.

PinnacleHealth promotes breastfeeding as a baby’s best start in life. We offer Central Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive breastfeeding support services to help new moms initiate and maintain breastfeeding. Here are some of the key services provided:
  • Our Maternity Center nursing staff has specialized breastfeeding training, and is available 24 hours a day to evaluate, assist, and support breastfeeding moms and their babies.
  • Lactation consultants, healthcare professionals trained in the technique and science of breastfeeding, are available upon referral by the Maternity Center nursing staff or by request, to assist mothers having difficulty breastfeeding or dealing with special needs. Our lactation consultants are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and are, therefore, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs).
  • Additional Lactation Services at PinnacleHealth can be reached by calling (717) 782-5372.
  • Information and assistance for new families with sick or premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Electric breast pump rentals
  • At home information and support available by telephone


We recommend you attend Breastfeeding Basics class before your baby is born to help you get off to the best start. Breastfeeding Basics is taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. This two-week series for expectant parents focuses on the joys and common concerns of breastfeeding. Information includes the benefits for mothers and babies, initiating feedings, maintaining a milk supply and other practical considerations.

Discussion includes combining breastfeeding and working, expression and storage of breast milk, and use of breast pumps. Expectant fathers are encouraged to attend. Saturday sessions meet for one 3 ½ hour class. Our Breastfeeding Basics class is FREE to all moms who deliver at PinnacleHealth.

PinnacleHealth has been chosen to participate in the NICHQ Best Fed Beginnings project. We have begun a 22-month learning collaborative with other participating hospitals to make system-level changes in order to become Baby-Friendly. Learn more by clicking here

>>Click here to get additional information and resources about breastfeeding