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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 

Beginning Breastfeeding Class

Childbirth & breastfeeding classes no longer take place at Children's Hospital. We have a new page with relevant information for new and expectant moms: https://www.childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org/service/childbirth-and-lactation-resources

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.

WomensHealth.gov

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.