The Lactation Service coordinates hospital-wide breastfeeding programs for patients and staff including: breastfeeding classes, a telephone support line, breastfeeding peer counselors and breastfeeding/pumping rooms located throughout the medical campus.
Inpatient breastfeeding classes are held in the BirthPlace (Menino Pavilion 3 West, 840 Harrison Avenue). BMC also offers childbirth classes for all ages, including a session on breastfeeding, held on Tuesday evenings at BMC. To register for this 4-week course, call 617.414.5867. All are welcome! BMC’s Teen and Tot Program also offers a class specifically geared towards adolescent parents-to-be.
Mothers of babies who are seen in the BMC outpatient clinic can call our warmline (617.414.MILK (6455) for non-urgent breastfeeding advice. If you are concerned about the health of yourself or your infant, please call your doctor.
The breastfeeding/pumping rooms provide patients and staff space to breastfeed in private and are equipped with electric breast pumps. The Lactation Service also runs Pumps for Peanuts, a charity-sponsored initiative that guarantees electric breast pumps for all mothers of infants in the BMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.
Boston Medical Center’s Breastfeeding Center is one of the most prominent breastfeeding research and advocacy centers in the US. Find out more about these initiatives at www.thebreastfeedingcenter.org