While research shows the positive benefits of breastfeeding, it doesn’t always come easily. Our lactation consultants offer support to families and babies learning how to breastfeed. You may request to see a consultant during your stay at The Mother Baby Center or make an appointment after you leave.
While in the midst of COVID-19, we are supporting families 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:
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 parents. Baby Café is available at our St. Paul and Coon Rapids locations, and is free to participants.
Due to COVID-19, we are finding new ways to support parents and babies. We have resumed select Baby Café support groups in virtual settings. For additional information on upcoming Baby Café virtual meetings, please call the Baby Café voicemail at 651-241-5088.
Nest Collaborative is a collection of International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants® who conduct online, video appointments to help guide parents through the breastfeeding process.
Nest Collaborative team members are all moms who have breastfed and understand the challenges. They are here to offer families the best evidence-based advice, support, and guidance to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. They advocate for what families want and work closely with their primary care team to provide the best breastfeeding support they need.
They work with families to provide:
At all Mother Baby Center locations, banked human breast milk is available for babies if supplementation is needed and approved by the parent. 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, all milk donations will need to come from an approved donor. See more detailed information below.
Drop off your breast milk at one of The Mother Baby Center Milk Depots.
For various reasons, a parent 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 parent’s milk comes in, and for for premature or sick infants.
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:
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
4020 Coon Rapids Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
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.