Breastfeeding and Lactation
Here are some of the resources that make Erlanger one of Tennessee's first accredited "Baby-Friendly" hospitals, meeting the gold standard for practices that support breastfeeeding
Breastfeeding is one of the most beneficial gifts a mother can give her baby. While both a beautiful and intimate way for a mother to bond with her baby, it also offers many physical and emotional benefits. Breastfeeding may have a protective effect against SIDS, as well as reduce the risk of many illnesses and infections including ear infections, allergies, and gastrointestinal disturbances. But even with all the benefits, we also know there can be challenges. That’s why Erlanger offers board-certified lactation consultants, as well as a range of other resources, to help new mothers on this important journey.
Breastfeeding Support Group
3rd Tuesday of the month – 10 AM
Erlanger East Hospital, Classroom B
A relaxed and informal monthly meeting, held at Erlanger East Hospital and facilitated by board-certified lactation consultants. The meeting is a place where new mothers can learn more about breastfeeding and offer each other support. Mothers, babies and siblings are welcome.
For more information, call 423-778-LINK (5465)
Our caring and skilled board-certified lactation consultants provide hands on, one-on-one, assistance to new mothers including evaluation of nursing difficulties and breastfeeding support. Appointments for newborns can be made prior to discharge or any time afterwards.
Children’s Hospital at Kennedy Outpatient Center
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Erlanger East Hospital, Building C
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
To schedule an appointment, call 423-778-4181
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
Participants will learn breastfeeding basics, taught by board-certified lactation consultants, including what to expect the first few weeks and special tips for success. A support person is encouraged to attend so they too can learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding.
To register, call 423-778-LINK (5465)
Erlanger’s board-certified lactation consultants are just a phone call away. For breastfeeding questions or help, call the Erlanger Lactation Consultant’s office.
Erlanger Baroness Hospital – 423-778-6247
Erlanger East Hospital – 423-680-8659
eLearning Breastfeeding Education
Best Fed Beginnings Educational Materials
Breast Milk Donation
Erlanger Baroness Hospital is now a milk depot serving Chattanooga and the surrounding region. As a milk depot, Erlanger serves as a safe, controlled collection point where women may donate their mother’s milk for premature and at-risk infants in need. Our goal is to make it easy for moms to help other moms provide vitally important nutrients to their babies who are struggling to survive.
If you’re interested in donating milk, the first step is to contact the Mother’s Milk Bank of Tennessee by visiting milkbanktn.org and clicking on “Donate Milk” to complete an entry questionnaire. For more information on the milk depot at Erlanger, please call 423-778-8304.