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 – 12:30-1:30PM
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!
- Friday, February 24
- March - No meeting
- April - No meeting
- Friday, May 26
- Friday, June 23
- Friday, July 28
- Friday, August 25
- Friday, September 22
- Friday, October 27
- Friday, November 24
- Friday, December 22
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, Thursday, and Friday
9:00 AM – 2:45 PM
Erlanger East Hospital, Building C
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.
Erlanger’s board-certified lactation consultants are just a phone call away. For breastfeeding questions or help, call the Erlanger Lactation Consultant’s office.
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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.