Breastfeeding: Helping you get started
A Certified Lactation Consultant is available to see patients in the hospital after delivery. All team members are skilled in lactation for 24/7 support.
For concerns or questions after you have gone home or to make an appointment, call 865.305.9337.
UT Medical Center Lactation Services provides the following.
- BabyWeigh Scale - Use of the BabyWeigh Scale helps you determine whether your baby needs additional milk and automatically subtracts the "before" from the "after" weight and displays this calculation in an easy-to-read digital format.
- Up to date instructions on breastfeeding following the latest evidence based research
- Private and Individual instruction time
- Support for mothers with a baby in the Intensive Care Nursery or Intermediate Care Nursery
- Medela Symphony Electric Breast pumps to use if needed in the hospital.
- Breast Pump Rental Program is available, if needed.
In addition to the individual instructions we also offer classes. Breastfeeding Classes for expectant parents are held:
- Every month
- Reservations are required
- Call 864.305.9300 to reserve a place for mom, dad and their support people. View upcoming childbirth and baby classes on the Women and Infants Event Calendar.
- An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will teach every class
For more information about Lactation Services or any other childbirth concerns or needs please call 865.305.9300. Visit Pregnancy Central to learn more about breast feeding and breast milk.
Baby Care 101
Congratulations! You've just brought home the most precious gift in the world -- your baby.
- What to expect in the first few weeks
- Bathing, diapers, and skin care
- Baby feeding patterns
- Breastfeeding vs bottle feeding
- Breastfeeding - tips for success
- Breastfeeding - health and other factors
- Breast milk - the basics
- Infant formulas
- Pumping and expressing breast milk
- Reduce the risk of SIDS
- Your baby's checkup schedule
You & Your Body
Like most new parents, you may be anxious about how to care for the newest member of the family. This is a time of discovery for both parents and baby.
- Changes in your body
- Healing and losing the weight
- Postpartum depression
- Daycare and returning to work