Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinics

Michigan Medicine offers a wide range of outpatient breastfeeding services designed to support mothers and infants.

Breastfeeding Support for Mother & Baby – Multidisciplinary Clinic

Our Multidisciplinary Breastfeeding Support Clinic is an outpatient service providing support to mothers and infants with breastfeeding difficulties including:

  • Inadequate weight gain       
  • Latch difficulty
  • History of breast surgery
  • Mastitis
  • Nipple pain
  • Inverted nipples
  • Low milk supply
  • Any other breastfeeding related issues for mom or baby

This multidisciplinary breastfeeding clinic is part of the U-M Briarwood Center for Women, Children & Young Adults and is staffed by a lactation consultant as well as an OBGYN and pediatrician specializing in breastfeeding support.  Patients may call for an appointment, or their primary care provider may refer them to the clinic.  Appointments are covered by most insurance plans.  The Center also offers a monthly support group for breastfeeding mothers lead by a healthcare professional.

To learn more or make an appointment, call 734-232-2600.

Breastfeeding Support for Infants - Occupational & Physical Therapy Clinic

Our Department of Physician Medicine & Rehabilitation administers a Breastfeeding Support Program (BFSP) clinic offering specialized Occupational and/or Physical Therapy assistance for babies.  Referred babies have previously consulted with both their doctors and a lactation consultant.  They typically exhibit issues such as:

  • poor latch
  • weak or incoordinated suck
  • frequent loss of bolus
  • poor endurance
  • difficulty with bottle feeding in addition to breast feeding
  • associated nipple/breast pain and trauma for mother, due to baby’s maladaptive oral motor patterns  

Occupational therapy can evaluate for any underlying issues of oral motor weakness, incoordination, or oral hypersensitivity (sometimes associated with premature babies or babies who have comorbid respiratory or GI issues).   Strategies for desensitization may also be appropriate.  Physical therapy can provide myofascial release to assist in gaining improved motor patterns and/or range of motion for the oral area.  Additional treatment may include exercises geared toward improved oral motor strength or range of motion.
To learn more or make an appointment, call 734-998-7710.

Plugged Milk Duct Support for Mothers

Lactating mothers referred to occupational therapy and physical therapy for a plugged milk duct have previously consulted with their breastfeeding clinic doctor or OB/GYN to rule out active infection or suspicion of anything other than a plugged milk duct. 

Plugged milk ducts often:

  • are recurrent in nature
  • last several days
  • do NOT respond to “typical” treatments (hot showers, massage, etc.)
  • are painful for the mother
  • can lead to diminished milk supply, if left untreated
  • can lead to mastitis, if left untreated
  • can interfere with ease and longevity of breastfeeding 

Occupational therapy and physical therapy utilizes therapeutic ultrasound (deep heat) to break up the plug.  This is then followed by Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) techniques to restore appropriate fluid flow.  We also teach mothers self-massage and exercise-based stretches to promote maximum breast health and fluid/lymph flow.    

To learn more or make an appointment, call 734-998-7710.