Breastfeeding Medicine Program

Women's Medicine Collaborative

About the Breastfeeding Medicine Program

The Breastfeeding Medicine Program at the Women's Medicine Collaborative and Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive, individualized treatment for women who are experiencing complicated breastfeeding issues. Our team collaborates with pediatric providers and lactation consultants within the region to provide coordinated breastfeeding support.

Woman nursing a baby

Contact the Breastfeeding Medicine Program

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology at 401-606-3000.

Our Services

We provide support for breastfeeding issues such as:

  • Prenatal and postpartum consultations, including counseling on maternal medications and medical conditions that may impact lactation
  • Evaluation of latch and milk intake
  • Help with increasing milk supply
  • Management of breast refusal or nipple confusion
  • Evaluation of nipple and breast pain
  • Infections
  • Tandem feeding
  • Weaning
  • Returning to work/school

Breastfeeding is one of the healthiest choices a new mother can make for herself and her child.

Many moms experience challenges with breastfeeding along the way.  We are here to help make breastfeeding easier and to empower moms to achieve their personal breastfeeding goals.

As part of the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, patients in the Breastfeeding Medicine Program receive the support and care of a multidisciplinary team of experts. Our program features two locations and gives patients convenient access to the full array of programs, resources and services that comprise the collaborative.

We recognize that not all problems related to breastfeeding require the assistance of a physician. Our mission in the Breastfeeding Medicine Program is to support the individual mother in her breastfeeding experience. We promote the general and individualized breastfeeding support that can be obtained through local hospital maternity services; La Leche League International; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs; as well as other community agencies and private lactation consultant services.

A Highly Specialized Team Approach

Courtney Clark Bilodeau, MD, FACP, works in collaboration with a team of specialists, including obstetricians, endocrinologists, breast health providers, behavioral medicine providers, nutritionists, and physical therapists to address each patient’s  individual needs.

Courtney Clark Bilodeau, MD, FACP Headshot

Courtney Clark Bilodeau, MD, FACP

Attending Physician


Breastfeeding Is Not Always As Easy As ABC

Should all women breastfeed? Health care providers agree that breastfeeding is one of the healthiest choices a mother can make for herself and her child. But many moms experience challenges with breastfeeding along the way. 

Breastfeeding Medicine Program Locations