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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 certified by the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. They can help you address concerns like these:

  • breastfeeding problems
  • latch-on difficulty
  • sore/damaged nipples
  • engorgement
  • 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

For lactation office hours, or to schedule an appointment, please contact:

  • The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children's Minnesota: 612-863-4638
  • The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's Minnesota: 763-236-7430
  • The Mother Baby Center at United and Children's Minnesota: 651-241-6250

Lactation services

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.

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:

Banked human breast milk

At The Mother Baby Centers (all locations), banked human breast milk is available for babies if supplementation is indicated. The banked human breast milk is also available to babies receiving care in the Special Care Nursery and NICU. We encourage you to talk with your provider and The Mother Baby Center care staff about preferences for feeding your baby. We receive our banked human breast milk from the Human Milk Banking Association of North America where it is screened, tested for safety and pasteurized. Please note, we currently do not accept breast milk donations.


Many outpatient services at Abbott Northwestern and Mercy hospitals are covered by most insurances and Medicaid. Patients are encouraged to check with their insurance plan on coverage for outpatient lactation consultation services.You may also call your pediatric office to find out if they offer breastfeeding support services.

This service is available at these locations: Coon Rapids, Minneapolis and St. Paul