Breastfeeding Medicine - Lactation Services

Sansum Clinic’s Breastfeeding Medicine program combines clinical expertise and personalized care to support mothers as they navigate breastfeeding. Our fellowship-trained breast surgeon and international board certified lactation consultant, Katrina Mitchell, MD, IBCLC, PMH-C, provides one-on-one lactation consulting to help mothers be more confident and overcome nursing challenges at any stage of their baby’s development.

Services Available:

Lactation Consultations:

  • Prenatal concerns such as engorgement
  • Early postpartum care: latch and positioning, engorgement, weighted feeds, maintaining or increasing milk supply, pumping and back to work tips 

Medical/Surgical Services:

  • Complications of lactation including: breast pain, mastitis, plugged ducts, nipple blebs and other nipple conditions, breast pump trauma
  • Induced lactation and relactation
  • Treatment for hyperlactation (oversupply) and insufficient glandular tissue (low supply)
  • Guidance for patients undergoing surgery, anesthesia and radiology/nuclear medicine procedures
  • Pregnancy associated and postpartum breast cancers
  • Medication management for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders that often occur with breastfeeding challenges 

 Appointments Available:

  • Telehealth
  • In-person consultations take place at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center at 540 W. Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara 93105

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call: (805) 682-7302 


Meet our Breastfeeding Medicine doctor:

Katrina Mitchell, MD, IBCLC, PMH-C, FACS

Dr. Katrina Mitchell is a board-certified general surgeon, fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist, international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), and a certified perinatal mental health provider (PMH-C). As part of the breast care program at Sansum Clinic and the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, her practice focuses on the surgical management of benign and malignant breast disease, and the treatment of maternal complications of lactation. As perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) often co-exist with breastfeeding challenges, Dr. Mitchell provides medication management for these conditions in collaboration with perinatal therapists.

Breastfeeding Your Baby >

Breastfeeding is natural, but new parents often have questions and concerns. Katrina Mitchell, MD, IBCLC, PMH-C is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon and international board certified lactation consultant. In this program for parents to be, Dr. Mitchell discusses:

  • Why to breastfeed your baby
  • Strategies for success
  • Newborn instincts and needs
  • Caring for yourself
  • Answers to your questions 

This is a virtual meeting you can do from the comfort of home, by computer or telephone. Sign up today to get the log-in information. Free of charge and open to the community.

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