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What can Lactation Counselors help with?

Lactation Counselors undergo specialized training and certification to offer advice, guidance, and support to those who choose to breastfeed. You can start visiting a lactation counselor while you’re still pregnant, right after birth, or months into breastfeeding.

Lactation Counselors can help first-time moms and moms who have previously breastfed and are experiencing difficulty. Some reasons to seek breastfeeding help from a lactation counselor are:

  • milk supply concerns
  • struggling with nursing positions
  • issues with latching, tongue-tie, or sucking
  • breast refusal

Our Lactation Counselors

Whatever way you choose to feed your baby, the Lactation Team is here to help. Our focus is to help moms be successful in their baby-feeding journey. We are passionate about helping lactating moms feed their babies breast milk exclusively or even partially. We offer assistance with latching, positioning, supply concerns, and pumping! Whether you are breastfeeding for two weeks or two years, we are here to support you and your baby along the way!

Samantha Andreasen, RN, CLC
     Samantha has been a nurse at BBGH since 2016.
     She became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2020.
Chelsey Long, BSN, RN, CLC
     Chelsey has been a nurse at BBGH since 2015.
Rylee Schnell, BSN, RN, CLC
     Rylee has been a nurse at BBGH since 2018. She
     became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2020.
Kaitlyn Kumpf, BSN, RN, CLC
     Kaitlyn has been a nurse at BBGH since 2017. She
     became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2020.


Appointments available at
Greater Nebraska Medical & Surgical Services
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Call (308) 762-7244

2101 Box Butte Ave. Alliance, NE 69301

Benefits of Breastfeeding: 
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months with continued breastfeeding and introduction to appropriate foods for up to two years of age, or as advised by a healthcare professional.

  • Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies. It promotes healthy weight gain, healthy eating patterns, and helps prevent childhood obesity.
  • Breast milk shares antibodies that help fight off viruses and bacteria from the mom to baby, helping to protect them against some short and long-term illnesses and diseases.
  • Breastfeeding can reduce the mom’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and postpartum depression.
  • Moms can breastfeed any time and anywhere.