Lactation Services

At IU Health Riley Physicians, we understand the importance of supporting the breastfeeding mother and baby.  Currently, there are three IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) on staff in our three Bloomington offices.  These services are available to all of our patients, including those from the Bedford and Martinsville offices.

Providers

Esther Briggs, PNP, IBCLC
Linda Ebright, RN, IBCLC
Anna Olson, RN, IBCLC

Esther Briggs, PNP, IBCLC

Esther first became a Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1999 while working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Boston Medical Center in the Newborn Nursery and Pediatric Primary Care Center.  She re-certified in 2010 and has been working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Riley Physicians since 2006.

Linda Ebright, RN, IBCLC

Linda has been working with mothers and babies, first as a birth and postpartum doula, then as a nurse and IBCLC, since 2000.  Linda has worked as a nurse at Riley Physicians since 2008, became certified as a Lactation Specialist in 2009, and has been an IBCLC since 2011.

Anna Olson, RN, IBCLC

Anna graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003 with her BSN. She has spent her entire nursing career working with newborns and their mothers first in the newborn nursery at Baptist Hospital and then the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Monroe Carroll Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. Anna moved to Bloomington in 2010, where she joined Riley Physicians and earned her IBCLC.


SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS WITH AN IBCLC AVAILABLE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Breast pump rentals are available to mothers assessed by one of our IBCLCs.

Check out the Riley Safety Store, which is now carrying many breastfeeding and pumping supplies for low cost.  The Riley Safety Store is open Monday and Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm, and Friday 9 am - 1 pm. The Safety Store is located at our Clarizz Blvd location in Bloomington.

Community Breastfeeding Resources

Bloomington Area Birth Services

Bloomington Area Birth Services (BABS) provides educational and support services for pregnancy through toddlerhood, including prenatal yoga, childbirth education, parent-baby playtime, and more. The BABS Lactation Center provides lactation appointments and services, including pump rentals and nursing bra fittings and sales.  BABS BloomingFamilies provides services for low-income or at-risk families, including doulas and childbirth education.

BABS Lactation Center also hosts “Nurse and Chat,” a free mother to mother support group.  All moms and babies are welcome, whether or not breastfeeding is going well.  Mothers-to-be and older siblings are also welcome. Click here for more information.

La Leche League of Indiana - Bloomington

La Leche League is a mother to mother breastfeeding support network.  La Leche League Leaders are mothers who have breastfed their babies, and are accredited by La Leche League International as volunteers to provide breastfeeding advice and support to other mothers.  La Leche League of Indiana has groups all over the state.  The Bloomington group meets monthly, and the Leaders are also available by phone to help you with your breastfeeding questions and concerns.

Click here to find a LLL group or Leader outside of the Bloomington area.

WIC  (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)

This federally funded program, run locally by IU Health Bloomington, provides nutritional support for lower income mothers and babies who live in Monroe and Greene Counties.  (If you live outside of Monroe or Greene counties, please click here to find the phone number for your county’s WIC office here)

Our local Monroe/Greene County WIC office has much to offer the breastfeeding mother:

5 IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) on staff, available for assistance during clinic hours.  If you are having any breastfeeding difficulties or concerns, please call to schedule a consultation. A breastfeeding peer counselor is available to WIC mothers for assistance during and after clinic hours. The breastfeeding help line is 812.353.3200.


Breast Pumps and other breastfeeding aids are available to Monroe and Greene county participants who have been assessed by a WIC Lactation Professional.
Prenatal breastfeeding education.

Mother-to-mother support groups at both clinic locations, with monthly guest speakers:

  • Monroe County:  1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Greene County :  1st Tuesday of the month from 10:30am to 12:00pm.

DO I QUALIFY FOR WIC?

Many families are not aware that they qualify for WIC services!   For income eligibility guidelines, please click the link below.  Please note:  The baby, even during pregnancy, is counted as a household member.  Families already receiving Medicaid, Food Stamps, or TANF are eligible for WIC, but so too are some families who are NOT receiving those benefits. Click here to read the eligibility guidelines.

DONOR MILK:  

Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank, Inc., is a non-profit, community-supported entity that benefits infants and children across the Midwest.  The milk bank receives human milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes, freezes and distributes it throughout Indiana and the Midwest.  If you are interested in donating or receiving milk, please visit their website:

Bloomington Area Birth Services (BABS) also serves as a local Milk Depot for the Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank.  Approved milk donors can drop off their milk at BABS, and BABS will ship it to the Milk Bank in Indianapolis.  For more information:

Riley Safety Store:  

Riley Physicians
651 S Clarizz Blvd
Bloomington, IN
812.353.5437
Open Mondays and Wednesdays 9 am - 5 pm, and Fridays 9 am - 1 pm.

The Riley Safety Store through IU Health Bloomington offers low-cost child safety products and injury prevention education to all families.  It also offers, at an affordable cost, breastfeeding and Medela pumping supplies, including multiple sizes of pumping flanges and contact nipple shields, and other pumping parts. The Safety Store provides an environment where parents will feel comfortable to shop, learn, and ask questions about their child’s safety.

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children ages 14 and under. Most of these injuries can be easily prevented through education and the proper use of child safety equipment.

The Riley Safety Store offers a variety of child safety products at low cost for all children, including:

• smoke detectors

• bike helmets

• cabinet locks

• appliance locks

• bath water thermometers

• tub spout covers

• baby safety gates

• window cord wraps

• Halo infant sleep sacks

• Medela pumping supplies and contact nipple shields

Online Resources

For tips on latching your baby in a laid-back postion:

For videos demonstrating examples of latch, hand expression, and maximizing milk supply with a pump:

How to make a “hands free” nursing bra:

For tips on working and pumping:

Breastfeeding & Going back to work

Breastfeeding & Working

Federal Law Regarding Workplace Support for Working Moms (break time requirements):

Break Time for Nursing Mothers

A comprehensive breastfeeding website, run by an IBCLC:

A government-sponsored link with breastfeeding information, advice, and encouragement:

Information about Baby-Friendly Hospitals:

For information on baby-wearing: