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Lactation Services for Breastfeeding Moms

Mother and new baby

At Billings Clinic Family Birth Center and Billings Clinic Bozeman Pediatrics, we want you to be able to make an informed decision when it comes to breastfeeding. We also want to provide you with the support you need in making that decision or provide you any help you may need with breast feeding, either in the hospital or after you leave.

Our board-certified lactation consultants, who are located onsite, visit all breastfeeding moms while in the hospital to assist with breastfeeding or other lactation concerns.


In Billings, our lactation consultant's offices as well as two comfortable, private nursing rooms are located in A Mother's Place, located on the 1st floor of the Family Birth Center, next to Pediatrics.

406-238-5083 or 800-332-7156
Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm


In Bozeman, lactation services are available at Billings Clinic Bozeman Pediatrics by appointment. Please call 406-522-5437.

Our Lactation Consultants

Elsa Petersson Lactation Consultant

Elsa Petersson, BS, IBCLC (Billings - Family Birth Center)

Elsa has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance with a vocational background and extensive training in breastfeeding, nutrition, preventative and behavioral health and childhood feeding relationships. Prior to working at Billings Clinic Family Birth Center, she practiced as a board-certified lactation consultant for the local WIC Program.

Elsa has also been privileged to enjoy motherhood and breastfeeding with her son. Her passion for breastfeeding stems from a genuine love for moms and babies and an acknowledgment that all mothers and their babies deserve the best care and attention to support success. She strives to facilitate the best possible experience for her patients and recognizes that feeding, at the breast and otherwise, is a relationship between mother and child, not merely a means of nutrition.

Elsa's goal in practicing lactation is to always implement best practices and sound research while also exercising compassion and patient-focused care, being sensitive to the vulnerable period after birth for the mom and the baby. She has been actively involved in the local breastfeeding coalition for the last several years and has worked to collaborate with other advocates of breastfeeding in the community.

Currently, Elsa enjoys being a part of ongoing efforts to steer hospital practices that will promote, support and protect mothers' goals to breastfeed successfully.

Erica Petrusha Lactation Consultant

Erica Petrusha, RN, IBCLC (Billings - Family Birth Center)

Erica is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from Montana State University, as well as, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is married to a wonderful man and is the mother of three children, which she considers her most rewarding endeavor.

Erica has always pursued opportunities to help other mothers find the same joy and empowerment that raising children has brought to her life. As a lactation consultant she desires to give women the education, tools, and confidence to trust their bodies and their intuition. Her goal is to assist mothers in making choices that will bring about best results for their families. Erica aspires to help each woman with whom she works enjoy a peaceful, successful breastfeeding relationship with their child.

Jaime June Lactation Consultant

Jaime June, BS, IBCLC, CLC (Billings Clinic Bozeman Pediatrics)

Jaime is an international board certified Lactation consultant (IBCLC). She holds a B.S. from the University of California Davis and completed the University of California San Diego Lactation Consultant Program. After having her first child and struggling with breastfeeding and then having complications with her third child Jaime began learning and pursuing a new career in Lactation by completing her CLC (Certified lactation counselor) training. This allowed her to start hosting a breastfeeding support group weekly in Bozeman and was the stepping stone she needed to decide to pursue more in-depth lactation training leading to her board certification.

After two more children and some crazy years of studying and doing clinics Jaime passed the Boards and found herself working for Billings Clinic as well as having a private practice. Jaime specializes in mothers struggling to make the transition home with their new baby. She has experience with feeding difficulties, supply issues, adoptive parent breastfeeding, NICU transition, multiples, birth injury, infants with congenital abnormalities as well as general infant feeding.

Jaime loves most working to help mothers find a smooth transition into a life with their new child. She is excited to be developing a more Bozeman-based practice and being available to mothers in a pediatric setting.


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Benefits of Breast Feeding

For Babies

  • Reduces risk of infectious disease
  • Less likely to develop diabetes
  • Less likely to be obese as a child
  • Protects against gastro-intestinal tract infections
  • Fewer ear infections
  • Decreases SIDS by 45%
  • 75% less likely to be hospitalized with respiratory illnesses
  • 42% less likely to be diagnosed with allergies
  • It’s been recently discovered that babies receive stem cells from breast milk
  • An infant’s intestinal track is sterile at birth – microorganisms in breast milk establish a healthy environment which contributes to a stronger immune system
  • And... it’s FREE

For Women

  • Decreased risk of breast cancer
  • Decreased risk of ovarian cancer
  • Decreased risk of developing diabetes
  • Weight loss – burns an estimated 500 calories/day producing milk, which can equal 6 pounds less over 12 months

Additional Cost Savings

  • Save an estimated $1,432/yearon medical expenses from doctor visits
  • An average savings of $1,500-$2,000 to purchase formula

The Environment

  • 80,000 non-nursing women,purchasing cans of formula,create 17,000 tons of tin in 6 months in land fields around the US


For Babies:

1. Prolonged and Exclusive Breastfeeding Reduces the Risk of Infectious Diseases in Infancy, Pediatrics Vol.126, No.1 July 1010 pp. 18-25

2. (10) 00385-2/abstract

3. Glucose and Insulin Levels are Increased in Obese and Overweight Mother’s Breast Milk. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 2011, 2, 201-206, published on line May 2011 (

4. Protection of the Neonate by the Innate Immune System of Developing Gut and of Human Milk. Pediatric Res. 61. (1): 1-8. 2007 and Breast Milk Sugars Give Infants a Protective Coat; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and The New York Times., 8/4/2010

5. Exosomes with Immune Modulatory Features are Present in Human Breast Milk, The Journal of Immunology, copyright 2007

6. Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Metanalysis, Pediatrics 123. (3) e406-e410. 2009 abstract

7. Breastfeeding, Asthma, and Allergy: A Tale of Two Cities.
Pediatric Allergy Immunology. 2011 Dec. 4 and Influence and Mechanisms of Maternal and Infant Diets on the Development of Childhood Asthma. Pediatric Neonatology, 2013 Feb., 54 (1)

8. Maternal Asthma, Infant Feeding and the Risk of Asthma in
Childhood. J Allergy Clin. Immunol 2002; 110:65-67

9-10. Breast to Brain: The potential of stem cells in human milk. Twigger et al; Journal of Human Lactation 29 (2) 136-139 May ‘13 For Women: 1-3. Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer: Breast Cancer and Breastfeeding: Collaborative Reanalysis of Individual Date from 47 Epidemiological Studies in 30 countries, Including 50,302 Women with Breast Cancer and 96,973 Women Without the Disease. Lancet 360. (9328): 187-195-, 2002

For Additional Cost Savings:
1. Healthcare Costs of Formula Feeding in the First Year of Life. Pediatrics 103. (4):870-876, 1999
2. Data acquired through simple math. Calculating cost of formula, then amount ingested by the growing infant over the first year of life.

For the Environment:
1. Page 7

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