Specialized Care

Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Craniofacial Surgeons work with parents to make breastfeeding an enjoyable and beneficial experience for the whole family.


We accept most major insurance carrier plans. No one will be turned away for lack of insurance.

Schedule an Appointment

 Lactation support is available Tuesday through Friday. Call 813-870-6000 or Email Us to set up an appointment.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes

 We offer free prenatal breastfeeding classes. Click here for more details or to register for a class.

We are here to help!

About Lactation Support at Florida Craniofacial Institute

Florida Craniofacial Institute offers private lactation consultation services to help support breastfeeding mothers and their babies. As parents ourselves, we understand a parents’ desire to give their children the best care. Our team provides extensive training and experience in caring for our patients.  We are committed to our patients’ success from start to finish.

Craniofacial and maxillofacial surgery is a highly specialized field that blends knowledge of medicine, surgery, and dentistry.  Dr. Pat Ricalde is a Board Certified Oral Maxillofacial surgeon and a Fellowship Certified Pediatric Craniofacial surgeon.

What to Expect During Your Visit

Coming to your appointment prepared will ensure you get the most out of your appointment. Any information you bring about feeding and diapers will be very helpful so, consider writing down or using an app to record feeding times and duration as well as, wet and dirty diapers. It will also be helpful to see any devices you have been using at home such as nipple shields, bottles and pump and flanges (especially if dealing with engorgement and/or mastitis) so that we can verify sizing and assist you with maximizing your pump use. Of course, observing your baby feed will be very important so you’ll want to bring your baby hungry, if possible. If your baby is bottle feeding, bring enough formula or breastmilk to observe a bottle feed.  If the baby becomes hungry just before your appointment, try giving the baby just enough to settle them until you are taken back to the lactation room.   

During your first visit we will typically begin by discussing your main concern in detail. Because certain health issues can directly impact breastfeeding, it’s important to review mom’s and baby’s complete health history.

The lactation consultant will observe the baby feeding to assess baby’s latch, suck and assist with optimal positioning for you and your baby. Test weights will help us to see how much the baby is taking in at the breast. 

Every patient will also be seen by a physician during their visit. Our craniofacial surgeons are also dentists, which brings a unique level of expertise in assessing oral structure and motor function, ensuring the most thorough exam. Treatments such as tongue and lip tie release, if necessary, can be performed in our office.  

After a full assessment of baby’s feeding and any factors that may be affecting baby’s feeding ability or mom’s milk production, we will discuss recommendations together that mom feels are attainable and fit her unique breastfeeding goals.  

Our Services

IBCLC Support

Appointments are with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Private Appointments

You will have the opportunity to have all your questions answered.

Evaluation and treatment of tongue and lip tie by Surgeon


We approach each case with the individual’s unique situation and if necessary we use a team approach so the best results are determined for Mother and Baby.


Our team is committed to providing honest, research-based clinical lactation support and compassionate breastfeeding care to all Tampa Bay families.


Visit our resources page for helpful videos and links to assist you in breastfeeding.