Breastfeeding Services at The Lactation Center

Women's Services - Lactation Consultants

Take the Next Step

Learn early from experts. Take our Breastfeeding class while you are pregnant.

At Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, we know the health rewards breastfeeding offers moms and babies. Research shows:

  • Breastfed babies get sick half as often and have less ear infections and digestive problems.
  • Children breastfed through the first year of life have added protection from sickness and disease as they grow up and become adults.
  • Moms lose pregnancy weight faster and are less likely to get cancer and have weak bones later in life.

A Head Start

Our support for breastfeeding success starts with pregnancy, when you can sign up to take our breastfeeding class. A certified lactation consultant will tell you what to expect and offer expert advice. That includes help in selecting a breast pump, which allows you to save milk for later use.

You are also encouraged to consider breastfeeding in your birth plan, which you can develop with our staff at the hospital’s Childbirth Center. We know each situation is unique and respect your choices. If you do choose breastfeeding, we will be here to help each step of the way.

During Your Stay

Once your baby arrives, we promote skin-to-skin contact between the two of you as soon as possible. This will help you bond and breastfeed. If you and your baby do not need special medical care, you two will “room in” together for the rest of your stay, with your nurse ready to assist in any way.

Our lactation consultants will visit, give tips and guide you if challenges come up. We have breast pumps if you need one during your hospital stay.

Enduring Support

In addition to better health, breastfeeding can save you thousands on formula and bottles. And the value of the closeness you share with your baby cannot be measured.

Your baby will benefit most if you continue through the first year. To help, we provide you with our “Baby News” guide, which has a breastfeeding section. We also offer a list of community resources, which can be found below. You can call The Lactation Center Warm Line at 805-569-7826 with questions and concerns.

We also hope you will join A Mother’s Circle, a free group that meets each Tuesday, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at The Lactation Center. The group lets you touch base with our breastfeeding experts and enjoy the friendship and support of other moms.

Breastfeeding Resources

Community Resources

The Lactation Center (TLC) at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Certified consultants can help with your questions and concerns even after you leave the hospital. The center also offers a free drop-in group for moms. A Mother’s Circle meets Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the Women’s Services Conference Room on the third floor.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Se habla español.

The WIC nutrition support program offers free breastfeeding support, pumps, products and services for WIC participants. Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WIC locations:

  • Santa Barbara in South County, 805-681-5275
  • Santa Maria in North County, 805-928-8636

La Leche League

Offers free support meetings and lending library.
Telephone Help Line, 805-270-3321
La Leche League of Santa Barbara

In-home Lactation Consultants

Breastfeeding Plus

Consultations in your home by appointment.

Consultations in your home by appointment.
Also offers breastfeeding information and blog.

Breast Pump Sales & Rentals

Breast Pump Sales & Rentals

Santa Barbara Healthcare (medical equipment/supplies)


  • 36 S. Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite B, Santa Barbara, 805-892-4501
  • 240 Highway 246, Suite 100, Buellton, 805-693-8321

Chicken Little
1236 State Street, Santa Barbara

Peanuts Maternity
9 E. Figueroa Street, Santa Barbara

Motherhood Maternity
La Cumbre Plaza, Santa Barbara

Learn More Online

Kelly's Mom
Our hospital’s consultants recommend this evidence-based breastfeeding support website.

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