Breastfeeding Clinic – Fishers

Clinics will be held Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, please call 317-415-9111.

What is the Breastfeeding Clinic?

The Breastfeeding Clinic is a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals dedicated to work together to help families reach their individual feeding goals.

Consisting of a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Lactation Consultant and Speech Therapist, the team provides a comprehensive feeding evaluation using evidenced-based care to develop a treatment plan that is best for you and your baby.

We strive to provide compassionate care in a non-judgmental setting to help achieve the best possible breastfeeding experience for you and your family.

Who do we serve?

Families experiencing a wide range of breastfeeding challenges including those seeking guidance and clinical management of the following:

  • Difficulty with latch and positioning
  • Nipple and breast pain
  • Breastfeeding refusal
  • Milk supply
  • Pumping or supplemental bottle feedings
  • Oral motor function including difficulty or uncoordinated swallowing
  • Coughing, choking or milk escaping around mouth when feeding
  • Slow weight gain
  • Evaluation of oral anatomy including assessment and possible treatment of tongue tie

What can I expect?

Your initial visit will typically last approximately 90 minutes and includes time observing your baby feeding at the breast or bottle. Our Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner begins your appointment by obtaining a detailed feeding history identifying any concerns and establishing individualized goals and expectations.

Next, parents will meet with our Pediatric ENT who will evaluate your baby’s oral anatomy and oral structure. This thorough examination helps to determine if there are any physical limitations contributing to your feeding challenges. Finally, our Speech Therapist and Lactation Consultant evaluate your baby feeding.

Working together, these experts in oral motor function and the management of breastfeeding bring a unique insight to the infant feeding process. Hands-on guidance and interventions will be provided at this time to offer immediate improvement, assuring safe feeding and the promotion of successful breastfeeding.

A follow up appointment will be scheduled to monitor your progress. This appointment will typically last about an hour and includes time re- evaluating your baby feeding. Assessment of past interventions and any new concerns will be addressed. Follow up appointments are also used to revisit breastfeeding goals providing support and continued education to maximize feeding success.

Our Team

Dean James Trigg, MD - Ear, Nose and ThroatDean Trigg, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology

Residency: University of Illinois-Chicago/Children's Memorial Hospital
Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship: University of California at San Francisco

Dr. Trigg's interests include neonatal ENT, recurrent ear infections, sinus disease and sleep abnormalities. He has conducted research and published papers on vascular anomalies, hearing loss, gastroesophageal reflux, laryngeal cancer and nerve regeneration. Dr. Trigg is an active member of the craniofacial team at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent, serving since 2007. Dr. Trigg has also held several leadership roles at St. Vincent Medical Group and St. Vincent Fishers. He completed his pediatric residency at University of Illinois-Chicago/Children’s Memorial Hospital. He completed a Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at University of California at San Francisco.

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Kirsten Hammersley MSN, CPNP

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis
Masters of Science in Nursing: Rush University Chicago, Ill

Kirsten Hammersley, MSN, CPNP, began practicing as a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in pediatric primary care in Indianapolis after graduating from Rush University in 1997. With a passion for patient education and family-centered care, Kirsten brings more than 19 years of pediatric experience to her position her at PMCH Pediatric Otolaryngology. Working alongside our physicians Kirsten provides comprehensive care both in the inpatient and outpatient setting, including Aerodigestive Clinic, Down Syndrome Clinic and Infant Feeding Clinic.

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Molly Jones

Pediatric Speech Therapy

Molly has been working as a speech pathologist for 5 years and comes to the clinic with a wide range of experience, including neonatal intensive care, inpatient acute pediatrics, and outpatient pediatrics. Specializing in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, Molly brings her expertise in this area to the breastfeeding clinic through a thorough assessment of each infant’s ability to feed safely and efficiently. The speech therapy evaluation begins with an examination of oral anatomy, followed by observation and analysis of nonnutritive sucking prior to your infant latching to breast. As your infant feeds, Molly will observe his/her ability to coordinate an efficient suck-swallow-breathe pattern. Together with lactation, Molly will make recommendations as needed to help your infant manage flow rate and improve his/her overall coordination to allow for safe and efficient swallowing. Molly also provides education on effective bottle feeding strategies to ensure consistency between breast and bottle. Molly’s background in infant feeding allows her to provide families with recommendations for positive, infant-led feedings from both breast and bottle.

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Monica Smith

Lactation Consultant

Monica “Moni” has been working with inpatient and outpatient breastfeeding moms and babies for 11 years and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2011. She strives to understand your breastfeeding challenges through a big picture view. The lactation evaluation begins with a history of your pregnancy and delivery experiences in addition to your breastfeeding experience thus far. Moni will then observe and assess infant latch and feeding. Recommendations will address all breastfeeding management questions and concerns. Moni’s goal is to coach you to reach your breastfeeding vision.

  General Information

Location

13914 Southeastern Parkway, Fishers, IN 46037

Our Clinics will take place in the Pediatric Multi-specialty Office on the 3rd floor at St. Vincent Fishers.

Map & Directions

A physician’s referral is required prior to scheduling an appointment.

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