Lactation & Breastfeeding
Nursing is natural, but it doesn't come naturally to all moms and babies. Our lactation consultants offer support to moms in learning how to breastfeed. Moms may request to see them during their hospital stay and make appointments to see them at The Mother Baby Center after they leave. Our lactation consultants are registered nurses who are certified by the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. They can help you address concerns like these:
- breastfeeding problems
- latch-on difficulty
- sore/damaged nipples
- slow or no weight gain
- need for supplemental feedings
- milk supply concerns - too much/not enough
- baby fussiness related to feedings
- plugged ducts/mastitis
- advice on breastfeeding equipment
- returning to work while breastfeeding
- milk expression and storage information
- weaning advice
- premature infants
- infants with special health concerns/problems
Lactation office hours/appointments Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except holidays). To contact a lactation consultant, call 612-863-4638 and leave a message. Every effort will be made to return your call within 24 hours.
While research shows the positive benefits of breastfeeding, it doesn't always come easily. If you choose to breastfeed, our infant feeding program is here to support you. Our lactation services team includes registered nurses who are certified by the International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants.
- If you have questions or wish to make an appointment with a lactation consultant, call 612-863-4638.
Feeding your newborn
Although breastfeeding has many benefits for mothers and babies, it is not always the perfect option for everyone. The information on these pages of Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond at allinahealth.org/pregnancy can help you decide the best options for you and your baby:
- Breastfeeding: How to get off to a good start
- Breastfeeding: Common issues
- Formula feeding
- How to tell if your baby is getting enough milk
As an outpatient service of Abbott Northwestern Hospital, the Infant Feeding Program is covered by most insurances and Medicaid. You may also call your pediatric office to find out if they offer breastfeeding support services.