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Breastfeeding and Lactation Services

 

Welcoming your new baby into the world is an exciting and emotional time. As a new parent preparing to bring home your little one, we know there are several things on your mind — including breastfeeding.

Breastmilk has significant nutritional value and helps to create immediate bonding between mothers and babies. Babies who are breastfed have reduced rates for asthma, obesity, type 2 diabetes, ear and respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome and gastrointestinal infections. Breastfeeding can also lower mothers’ risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and breast or ovarian cancer.

Here at Maury Regional Medical Center, we offer lactation services that provide extensive breastfeeding education and support for our mothers.

As a result of our commitment to helping new mothers breastfeed, Maury Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a Baby-Friendly birthing facility, a prestigious international recognition sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Maury Regional is also a recipient of the “BEST for Babies” award for 2019 from the Tennessee Department of Health. Both awards signify that Maury Regional offers breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

During Pregnancy

To assist you in preparing for breastfeeding, we offer:

  • Free breastfeeding classes for mothers and their partners
  • Free educational breastfeeding app (ask your physician's office for code access)
  • Prenatal lactation appointments as needed to address any concerns

In-Hospital Care

While you are in our care, we will provide:

  • Education and breastfeeding assistance from highly trained nursing staff
  • Assistance from board-certified lactation consultants who are staffed five days per week and at least one weekend day per week

After Hospital Discharge

Our support doesn't end once you go home. Services after discharge include:

  • Outpatient lactation appointments if mother or baby is having any feeding difficulties
  • Hospital-grade breast pump rentals

To schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant, call 931.490.7074.

if breastfeeding is not an option

Maury Regional Medical Center encourages new mothers to breastfeed if they are physically able but recognizes that some women are unable to do so due to medical reasons or outside factors. If this is the case, talk to your OB-GYN or a lactation specialist (931.490.7074) for more information about recommended healthy alternatives.

Mothers' Milk Donations 

Human milk contains antibodies that help infants fight disease and infection while protecting against allergies. Maury Regional Medical Center is pleased to serve as a Milk Bank Depot for donated breast milk to support premature infants. We partner with the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee to serve as a donation site with breast milk processed by the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin, Texas.

Mothers who would like to donate breast milk must log-on to Mother's Milk Bank of Tennessee and complete four simple registration steps:

  • Complete an online form
  • Complete a 10-15 minute phone screening
  • Complete and return an informational packet
  • Have a blood test done at no cost

Following review of paperwork and lab results, mothers will be called with their approval status. Once approved, mothers will receive the supplies needed to package their milk donations. Before dropping off milk, mothers should schedule a donation appointment by calling the Lactation Services Department at 931.490.7074.

Mothers can donate milk if they are currently lactating and have surplus milk and if they are:

  • In good general health
  • Willing to undergo a blood test at no charge
  • Not using medication or herbal supplements (with a few exceptions)
  • Nursing an infant who is less than one year of age (Bereaved or surrogate mothers are also eligible to donate.)
  • Able to arrange for transportation of milk to a drop-off location.

For more information about donating breast milk, call the Lactation Services Department at 931.490.7074 or visit MilkBankTN.org.