CalMed Hawaii: Helping moms get the breastfeeding support they need

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Breastfeeding your baby doesn’t always come as naturally you would think, which is why having support is so essential for both mom and baby. CalMed Hawaii continues to provide education and resources both here on Oahu and across the neighbor islands. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson spoke with Dr. Lisa Kahikina to learn more.

Dr. Kahikina is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus, and received her bachelor’s of arts in anthropology, with a concentration in medical anthropology, from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her medical school degree at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii in 2005, and her pediatric residency with the University of Hawaii Pediatric Residency Program in 2008. She worked as a general pediatrician at Kapiolani Medical Center Outpatient Clinic, as a newborn hospitalist at the Kapiolani Medical Center, and as a pediatric consultant at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Honolulu, from 2008-2017.

She served as the Assistant Director at the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence at the John A. Burns School of Medicine from 2015-2017. She opened her comprehensive breastfeeding center in 2017. She has been a Functional Medicine Fellowship candidate since 2019. She specializes in helping mothers manage general medical issues, for mother and baby, that may have an impact on nursing for the first two years of the baby’s life.

With an amazing new staff that specializes in assisting all mothers with breastfeeding issues, but especially complex breastfeeding cases, Dr. Kahikina has been able to additionally offer wider breadth of comprehensive breastfeeding service, including the use of nutritional guidance for moms and babies for preventive and treatment of health care issues, as well as child development guidance as it pertains to lactation issues and professional breast massage services for issues such as engorgement, plugged ducts, early mastitis, poor milk supply and poor milk flow.

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