As international leaders in caring for the health of babies and children, Texas Children's Hospital knows the importance of breastfeeding and mother's milk to the health and development of newborn babies.
Our program offers a variety of services to mothers with questions and concerns about breastfeeding, pumping, medications and more.
Our Staff and Services
Our Lactation consultants are registered nurses internationally board-certified in breastfeeding management who will provide you with the latest scientific evidence about the importance of breast milk and breastfeeding. Our lactation consultants will help you to learn the fundamentals of breastfeeding and provide assistance when problems arise.
Our Lactation assistants will answer your questions related to breastfeeding and pumping. They will provide you with information on operating the breast pump and expressing and storing your breast milk. Our lactation assistants have received training and certificates from the Texas Department of Health and the International Lactation Consultants Association.
Milk Bank technicians – Our Milk Bank technicians are specially trained in handling human milk, both mother’s own and pasteurized donor milk, for infants in our neonatal intensive care units. From the time you deliver your milk until it is fed to your baby, special care is taken by the technicians to ensure your milk is stored and handled in a safe and proper way. Special procedures are followed to prepare, mix and label each feeding for your baby.
Services – The Lactation and Milk Bank teams provide a full range of services including:
• Inpatient and outpatient lactation consultation
• Hospital-grade electric breast pumps for use at the baby’s bedside or in private pumping areas
• Milk collection and storage supplies
• Hospital-grade electric breast pump rental in the Bella Luna Boutique located on the 3rd floor of Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women
• Storage, preparation and fortification of human milk for feeding
• Pasteurized donor breast milk
The majority of mothers who deliver at the Pavilion for Women and whose infants are transferred to the Texas Children's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) choose to breastfeed and/or provide breast milk to their babies – far surpassing the national average.
Care and compassion
Whether your child is a patient in Texas Children's NICU, a premature infant at another hospital or a healthy baby at the Pavilion for Women, the experienced, compassionate team at Texas Children's Lactation and Milk Bank Services shares encouragement and expertise backed by years of experience in helping breastfeeding mothers.
Breastfeeding support, advice and resources are a phone call or e-mail away – whether or not your baby is a patient at Texas Children's Hospital. Our staff of knowledgeable, specially trained lactation consultants is ready to work with you to help you provide this valuable gift to your baby.