Breastfeeding Support & Assistance


  • mom nursing baby

    The team at Memorial University Medical Center believes that breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for you and your baby, and can help you develop a close and special relationship. While breastfeeding is a natural process, it is also a learned art.

    We have a team of four board-certified lactation consultants who provide education about breastfeeding, advice on dealing with problems, and tips on how to continue breastfeeding when returning to work. Additional lactation services include:

    • Inpatient assistance – bedside counseling, education, and assistance for moms with babies in the neonatal intensive care nursery.
    • Telephone counseling – a 24-hour hotline that provides answers to commonly asked questions and concerns about breastfeeding. The number is 912-350-8164.
    • Breastfeeding education – breastfeeding classes for both expectant moms and new moms.
    • Office consultation – our lactation consultant will meet one-on-one with all physician referrals and self-referrals by appointment. Schedule an appointment by calling 912-350-8164.
    • Equipment and supplies – electric breast pumps are available for short- and long-term rental. Manual breast pumps, supplemental feeding systems, and other breastfeeding supplies are for sale at reasonable prices.

    If you are a breastfeeding mom and you need assistance, call 912-350-8164.

    When to Call for Help
    • If you are not experiencing any breast fullness or heaviness by the fourth day after delivery.
    • If your baby is having fewer than three loose, yellow stools per 24 hours by the fourth day of life.
    • If your baby is having fewer than four soaked diapers beginning on the fourth day of life.
    • If your baby is not eating at least eight times in a 24-hour period.
    • If your breasts or nipples are sore.
    • If your baby seems hungry and won't latch on.
      Call the 24-hour warmline (912-350-8164).  

    Our Lactation Consultants

  • Lora Breda, M.S., IBCLC, RLC, has been certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants since 1998. She has a Master of Science in nutrition education from Georgia State University. She works with mothers of babies in the neonatal intensive care nursery (NICN) to help them provide breast milk to their newborns. She leads support groups and patient education workshops for NICN parents.

    Julie Cleveland, RNC-OB, BSN, IBCLC, received her bachelor of science in nursing from Seattle Pacific University. She worked as a nurse in a family maternity center and a children’s hospital in Washington state before earning her international board certification as a lactation consultant.

    Joyce E. Kiermayr, BSN, R.N., CLC, earned her Bachelor Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She assists breastfeeding mothers in Memorial's mother/baby unit.

    Holly McSpadden, IBCLC, received a psychology degree from Michigan State University. She is board certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants. McSpadden is a former La Leche League leader and WIC lactation coordinator. Her areas of specialty include chronic low milk production and research on breastfeeding and human milk.

    Wendy Nichols, R.N., IBCLC, received her nursing degree from Armstrong State University. She is board certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultants.

    Christina Ulm, BHS, CCCE, IBCLC, received a Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health from Armstrong State University. She is an educator certified by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA). Ulm is board certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultants.
  • Resources for Breastfeeding Mothers
    Breastfeeding Assistance:

    Memorial Health for Women
    Lactation Services
    women.memorialhealth.com
    912-350-8164

    Coastal Health District
    Gachd.org
    WIC Peer Counselors: 912-269-2909

    Home Visits in Effingham County
    Melinda Kovich
    912-217-9260

    Latch Breastfeeding Support
    Helen Pastures
    912-306-4619

    Family Service Center
    Marine Corps Air Station-Beaufort, SC
    63 Laurel Bay Boulevard, Building 1632, Room 125
    843-228-6565

    Pamela Ehret, LPN, IBCLC RLC
    Beaufort Memorial Hospital Birthing Center
    843-522-5115 or 912-441-1247

    Support Groups:

    La Leche League of Savannah
    404-548-8555

    Coastal Health District
    912-269-2909

    Hilton Head (Jean Magarelli)
    843-689-8110

    Bluffton (Wendy Yemec)
    Office: 843-784-8060
    Cell: 843-684-3036

    Breastfeeding Moms Group
    Fort Stewart, Georgia
    912-435-5186

    Savannah Community Breastfeeding Support
    Morenike Tyehimba
    912-421-0526

    Beaufort/Jasper/Hampton Comprehensive Health Services/WIC
    Support group meets the first Wednesday of the month
    843-987-7401 or 843-322-1846