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Lactation Services

Breast-feeding is the most natural and healthiest way to nourish your baby, as well as the most rewarding for mother. Like anything new you do, it is useful to have help and support along the way. Our caring professionals are there for you as you embark on this most special of journeys.

West Penn Hospital

Our Lactation Consultants are available for all your breast-feeding questions and needs.

Our Mission
To assist nursing mothers in achieving their personal breastfeeding goals through compassionate and skilled support and education.

Our Staff
Lactation Services of West Penn Hospital is staffed by board-certified lactation consultants (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants), who are also registered nurses. Our experienced practitioners attend workshops and conferences that support breastfeeding education and continually learn from their daily interactions with new moms and babies.

  • Sandra M. Porco, R.N., B.S.N., IBCLC
  • Robert Monteverde, R.N., B.S.N., IBCLC
  • Julie Brown, R.N., B.S.N., IBCLC
  • Lillian Roth, R.N., B.S.N., IBCLC

Located in Suite 152 Mellon Pavilion
West Penn Hospital
4800 Friendship Ave.
Pittsburgh., PA  15224
Phone: 412.578.7030


Our Services
We proudly offer expectant and new nursing families a variety of on-site services to promote breastfeeding success.  Our services include:

    • Prenatal consultations, particularly for past lactation failure
    • Prenatal breast-feeding classes – offered monthly
    • In hospital lactation visits-all nursing mothers are seen by a lactation consultant
    • Outpatient lactation visits-provided on request for mothers with breastfeeding problems. Visits are held at West Penn Hospital (fee for service)
    • The “Nursing Café” – a free, weekly support group for nursing moms/babies
    • Breastfeeding phone line – 7 days a week, 9 am – 5 pm for breastfeeding questions/concerns
    • On-site certified bra fittings available


Our Areas of Expertise

  • Early Feedings
  • Sore nipples and breast pain
  • Difficult latch
  • Flat or inverted nipples
  • Multiples
  • Premature birth
  • Returning to work
  • Milk supply issues


Products Offered

  • Breast Pump Rentals and Sales along with a full line of quality products to assist in establishing and maintaining breastfeeding are available on-site
  • Our array of products includes a wide variety of nursing bras, camisoles, micro steam bags, and twin nursing pillows


Our Hours
The Lactation Center at West Penn Hospital (located in Suite 152 Mellon Pavilion) is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Friday. Weekend or evening appointments can be made by calling 412. 578.7030.

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