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Breastfeeding and Lactation

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.


The Milk Connection - Breastfeeding Support Group

4th Friday of the Month – Noon - 2PM
Kennedy Outpatient Center
Pierce Conference Room
900 E. 3rd Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Erlanger offers a mother-to-mother lactation support group, facilitated by an IBCLC. Whether your baby is in NICU or at home, this group provides a friendly and informal atmosphere for mothers to discuss the success and struggle of providing milk for your baby. Topics facilitated by a certified lactation consultant include:

  • Getting pumping or breastfeeding off to a good start
  • Handling common challenges for breastfeeding success
  • The emotional adjustment of having your baby in the NICU or bringing your baby home
  • And much more!

2022 Dates:

  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 22
  • August 26
  • September 23
  • October 28
  • November 25
  • December 23

Breastfeeding Clinic

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
9:00 AM – 2:45 PM

Erlanger East Hospital, Building C
Thursdays
9:00 AM – 2:45 PM


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.


Breastfeeding Resources

Erlanger’s board-certified lactation consultants are just a phone call away. For breastfeeding questions or help, call the Erlanger Lactation Consultant’s office.

Best Fed Beginnings® Educational Materials

CLICK HERE to download First Trimester information

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CLICK HERE to download Second Trimester information

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CLICK HERE to download Third Trimester information

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Additional Resources


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.

Learn More

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.