Lactation Services

We provide certified lactation consultants to help you successfully breastfeed your baby. Lactation support can include:

  • Breastfeeding after a breast surgery.
  • Breastfeeding after weaning.
  • Breastfeeding an adopted baby.
  • Breastfeeding at work or school.
  • How to breastfeed.
  • Milk banking.
  • Problems with the breast or nipple.
  • Pumping and storing breast milk.
  • Taking medicines while breastfeeding.
  • What to do when the baby doesn’t want to nurse.
  • What to do when the baby is slow to gain weight.

Lactation support is available both in the hospital and after you go home. In the hospital, our nurses will answer questions, help new mothers learn breastfeeding, and provide one-on-one assistance.

After you go home, lactation consultants are available in many of our clinics throughout the Twin Cities. Lactation visits are often covered by insurance, but you'll want to check with your individual insurance plan by calling the number on your insurance card, to verify coverage. 
  • To schedule an appointment with a lactation specialist at a Fairview Clinic, please call 855-FAIRVIEW. 
  • To schedule an appointment with a lactation specialist at a HealthEast Clinic, call 651-232-8080.

Milk Banks

We believe that the best nutrition for infants is human milk.

Breast milk provides all of the nutrients that a baby needs for healthy growth and development. In fact, most medical professionals encourage breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life.

If the birth mother’s milk is not available, pasteurized donor milk can be obtained through a milk bank. Milk banks recruit and screen donors as well as test, pasteurize and distribute donor milk. High standards for donor screening and milk processing are used to ensure milk quality and safety. We support the use of qualified milk banks to help meet the need for donor milk.

The milk banking program at University of Minnesota Medical Center began in 2006. For more information on receiving milk or becoming a donor, email us at or call 612-672-4122.