Lactation Services

Our board-certified lactation consultants and specially trained nurses provide evidence–based support to help you keep your baby full and healthy.

Advantages

  • Our Baby-Friendly Hospital designation means that our nurses are highly and specially trained 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 it 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. Our hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

 

  • You can make an outpatient appointment, which is generally billed as a clinic visit; check your individual insurance regarding coverage.
  • We host a Milk Depot where we receive donated milk from pre-screened mothers. This milk is sent to an HMBANA milk bank 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 to see one of our International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), or to learn more about donating or purchasing breastmilk through our Milk Depot, call 763-581-8340.


 

Breastfeeding Resources

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.
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Everyday Miracles
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. Clients have lower cesarean rates, higher breastfeeding initiation rates, and higher breastfeeding rates at 6 months.
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KellyMom.com
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.
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Minnesota WIC
WIC supports breastfeeding mothers with extra food vouchers, in order to make the best milk for their babies, along with personal connections, counseling, and support for around-the-clock troubleshooting and guidance.
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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.
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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.
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Breastfeeding Videos (Somali)
The Minnesota Department of Health offers breastfeeding information in Somali under the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) section.
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Dr. Jack Newman’s Breastfeeding Videos

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Coffective
This smartphone app offers evidence-based information in collaboration with Minnesota WIC, local Breastfeeding Coalitions, and other breastfeeding advocates.Visit Site