Our lactation-knowledgeable nurses and board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) provide evidence–based support to help you keep your baby full and healthy.
- Our Baby-Friendly Hospital designation means that our nurses are highly and specially educated in lactation and healthy feeding practices to get you and your family off to the best possible start. We are committed to sharing the best evidence–based information on feeding your baby. Filling baby’s tummy with the nutrition baby needs is the priority.
- We have been awarded the IBCLC Care Award – a nationally recognized award for excellence in staffing international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) and for conducting activities that demonstrate promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding.
- Lactation consults, provided by IBCLCs, are included during your hospital stay.
- We host a Milk Depot where we receive donated milk from pre-screened mothers. This milk is sent to The Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies to be gently pasteurized. After pasteurization, it is available for babies whose mothers need to supplement their own milk supply or to other families with newborns needing human milk.
Appointments and Donor Milk
- To make an appointment for a virtual or in-person outpatient lactation consultation, call 763-581-8340. We will return your call as soon as possible.
- To learn more about purchasing donor milk, call 763-581-8340 and listen to the message for the most current information and availability.
La Leche League of Minnesota and the Dakotas
La Leche League Leaders are experienced parents who have breastfed or chestfed their own babies and who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International to help with breastfeeding. Attend a free meeting or call or email them for free advice. Most meetings are virtual during the pandemic.
Everyday Miracles’ works to improve birth outcomes and reduce health disparities by providing evidence–based education, compassionate and culturally aware support, and a non-judgmental, caring community. Their clients have lower cesarean rates, higher breastfeeding initiation rates, and higher breastfeeding rates at 6 months.
Kelly Bonyata, a registered nurse and IBCLC, regularly reviews and updates this site, which is full of evidence–based information and resources. The search function works very well!
WIC supports breastfeeding mothers via extra food vouchers. Their peer counselors and lactation consultants offer prenatal and postpartum breastfeeding information, support and problem-solving.
The Infant Risk Center
The Infant Risk Center offers information concerning the safety of medications and use during pregnancy and lactation. Call and speak with a professional who has access to the most current medication and breastmilk information. The acting executive director, Thomas Hale, Ph.D., R.Ph., is considered one of the foremost experts in perinatal pharmacology.
Global Health Media Breastfeeding Videos (multiple languages)
A wealth of helpful videos, from baby’s first latch to troubleshooting common breastfeeding issues. Plus, if you’re supporting a mother or baby who is breastfeeding, there’s lots of info for support and caregivers. Videos available in nearly 30 different languages, including Arabic, Hmong, Karen and Spanish.
Breastfeeding Videos (Somali)
The Minnesota Department of Health offers breastfeeding information in Somali under the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) section.
Dr. Jack Newman’s Breastfeeding Videos
This smartphone app offers evidence-based information in collaboration with Minnesota WIC, local Breastfeeding Coalitions, and other breastfeeding advocates.