Restricted COVID-19 Visiting Guidelines: Starting March 13, we have updated visiting guidelines to protect all patients, visitors and staff due to COVID-19, coronavirus.

If you're visiting mom and baby at The Mother Baby Center: Review Allina Health's guidelines

If you're visiting baby in the neonatal units: Review Children's Minnesota guidelines

Learn more about COVID-19 and pregnancy: The Mother Baby Center COVID-19 Information

Breastfeeding & Lactation

While research shows the positive benefits of breastfeeding, it doesn't always come easily. Our lactation consultants offer support to moms and babies learning how to breastfeed. You may request to see them during your stay at The Mother Baby Center or make an appointment after you leave.

During this COVID-19 environment, we are supporting moms and babies in new ways. Virtual, as well as in-person, outpatient lactation visits are available at select The Mother Baby Centers. Please call our lactation office to see how we can best support you.

Our lactation consultants are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. They can help you address concerns such as:

  • Breastfeeding problems
  • Latch-on difficulty
  • Sore/damaged nipples
  • Engorgement
  • Slow or no weight gain
  • Need for supplemental feedings
  • Milk supply concerns
  • 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 


Baby Café is a family-friendly, drop-in breastfeeding support group that offers tips to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals. You can visit with an international, board-certified lactation consultant and other moms. Baby Café is available at our St. Paul and Coon Rapids locations and is free to participants.

During this COVID-19 environment, we are supporting moms and babies in new ways. We have resumed select Baby Cafe support groups in virtual settings. For additional information on upcoming Baby Cafe virtual meetings, please call the Baby Cafe voice mail at 651-241-5088.


At all center locations, banked human breast milk is available for babies if supplementation is needed and approved by the mother. Banked human breast milk is also available to babies receiving care in the special care nursery or NICU. 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.


Drop off your breast milk at one of The Mother Baby Center Milk Depots.

For various reasons, a mother may not always be able to produce breast milk for her baby—milk banks make it possible. Second only to mother’s own breast milk, donated milk is a wonderful way for babies to receive the very best nutrition. Donor milk is often used as a bridge to help nourish premature babies until a birth mother’s milk comes in. Locally-donated milk is safely processed, screened and pasteurized for premature or sick infants.

How to donate milk

To take advantage of dropping off your milk at one of our locations, you need to be approved to donate through Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies. To become an approved donor:

  1. Contact Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies at [email protected] or 763-236-7430.
  2. Once you’re approved to donate, the affiliated milk bank will send you a kit explaining how to get the required blood testing done – all paid for by the milk bank.
  3. Start pumping and freezing your milk donation.
  4. After you drop your milk off at one of our depots, it will be safely and securely stored in our freezer. We will take care of shipping your milk for you.

Where can I drop off my milk?

Please call ahead and schedule your drop off at one of the following locations:

Children’s Minnesota Hospital – Minneapolis
2525 Chicago Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Mercy Hospital
4020 Coon Rapids Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

United Hospital
345 Smith Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55102


Patients are encouraged to check with their insurance plan on coverage for outpatient lactation consultation services. You may also call your pediatrician’s office to find out if they offer breastfeeding support services.


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


St. Paul

Coon Rapids

VIDEO: Breastfeeding Your Baby


Explore the benefits of breastfeeding as well as techniques and tips to help make breastfeeding successful. Watch video.


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