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Breastfeeding Resources

Vanderbilt Child & Family Center understands the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for working parents and their infants. This page serves as a source of information and support for nursing mothers. 

Breastfeeding Resources at Vanderbilt 

Champ’s Corner Store 

Located inside the Jr. League Family Resource Center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s hospital, Champ's Corner Store offers equipment rentals and purchases at low-cost to support breastfeeding. Items include manual and electric breast pumps and parts, nursing bras, nursing covers, nursing pillows, and herbal supplements.

Champ's also rent the hospital-grade Medela Symphony breast pump. Some insurance companies will reimburse the rental fees of a hospital grade pump. Contact your insurance company for details. A Medela breast pump kit is needed for our hospital grade breast pumps. If you did not receive one in the hospital, the cost is $40 plus tax to purchase one for your personal use.

Grow and Thrive: A Breast Milk Support Group

A free drop-in support group meets every Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Family Resource Center, located on the second floor of Children’s Hospital, to the right of the welcome desk. Discussion will revolve around breastfeeding topics (pumping, milk storage, returning to work, air travel, weaning), starting solids, infant massage, tummy time, safe sleep, car seat demonstrations, postpartum planning and more. Professional support and education is offered by a registered nurse who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

If you need personalized, one-on-one breastfeeding assistance, please schedule a private consultation for any of the services below by calling (615) 936-1414.

  • In-hospital consults
  • Telephone consults

 See flyer for details.

Beginning Breastfeeding Class

Provided by the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, this class prepares expectant women and their support person for breastfeeding. The course includes information on how to successfully breastfeed your baby, breastfeeding options for returning to work, pumping and managing common breastfeeding problems. General registration is $40. You must be pre-registered and confirmed to attend class. Due to limited classroom space, no walk-ins are accepted. You may bring one guest. 

Additional Resources on Breastfeeding 

Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline

Available to nursing mothers and partners, their families, expectant mothers, and health care providers seeking breastfeeding support and information. The Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and is staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC).

Toll-free number: 855-4BF-MOMS (855-423-6667)

Tennessee Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally-funded program designed to provide supplemental food assistance and nutrition education to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children until age five.  In addition to providing healthy supplemental foods, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support, the program also provides referrals to other health, welfare, and community-based services.

Breastfeeding is more than a lifestyle choice—it’s an important health choice. This government website offers comprehensive information on all aspects of breastfeeding including great information on the following topics: 

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Breastfeeding

The AAP offers resources for parents, professionals, and advocates of breastfeeding.

Le Leche International

A platform that helps mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

U.S. National Library of Medicine Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)

The LactMed® database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate. All data are derived from the scientific literature and fully referenced.

A Guide to The Health Benefits of Breast-feeding

A Guide to The Health Benefits of Breast-feeding is intended to bring awareness to the advantages for both the mother and child, while also informing people on the economic and environmental impact it has on your wallet and our planet. This resource link is a great place to start when weighing your options and trying to make a decision about breast-feeding.





This page is provided as a list of resources only. The Child & Family Center and Vanderbilt University do not endorse these references. These resources are not exhaustive but a sample of local resources.