We encourage mothers to breastfeed their infants. Unless there are physical or mental reasons that prohibit breastfeeding, breastfeeding is physically and emotionally healthy for both the infant and the mother. To help mother and baby, a lactation consultant is available in the NICU at bedside twice a week by appointment. Additional lactation support is available as needed. The lactation consultant provides one-on-one breastfeeding assistance and education to nursing mothers, as well as breastfeeding management strategies and techniques.