Mayo Clinic Health System offers breast-feeding and other prenatal education classes. Visit our Classes and Events Page for class listings, dates and times.

Supporting your choice

Do you plan to feed your baby with breast milk or formula? Some women know the answer to this question right away; others struggle. The benefits of breast-feeding are well established. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for your baby, and the antibodies in breast milk boost your baby's immune system to help fight disease. But sometimes breast-feeding isn't possible. Feeding your baby formula instead of breast milk shouldn't lead to feelings of guilt. Feeling guilty isn't good for you or your baby. 

If you plan to breast-feed your baby, our providers and nurses who care for you offer a professional, knowledgeable and supportive approach to enhance your breast-feeding experience. Follow these important breast-feeding tips to ensure your baby has the right amount of nutrition. 


  • Support and guidance for breast-feeding mothers with premature infants.
  • Collaboration with International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC) and other health care professionals to address breast-feeding difficulties.
  • Telephone consultation and support after hospital discharge.
  • Information on breast pump rentals and breast-feeding accessories.

What specific lactation/breast-feeding concerns should I discuss with my nurses and providers?

  • Feelings, concerns and expectations about breast-feeding your baby
  • Positioning and latching technique
  • Prevention and care of sore nipples
  • Engorgement
  • Milk production (too much or too little)
  • Sucking difficulties
  • Family involvement (fathers, siblings, grandparents)
  • Breast-feeding and baby's temperament
  • Slow weight gain
  • Jaundiced infants
  • Feeding twins/triplets
  • Managing breast-feeding when mother and baby are separated (vacation, employment, school, hospitalization, etc.)
  • Nutritional considerations during breast-feeding
  • Breast-feeding your baby with special medical problems
  • Pumping, storing and transporting milk
  • Teething
  • Baby's refusal to breast-feed
  • Introducing the bottle
  • Weaning

Mayo Clinic Health System is dedicated to helping you and your family to achieve the best possible breast-feeding experience. For telephone consultation, call 507-385-2967.

Outpatient services

At times, questions or problems arise and a phone call is just not enough. Actual observation of breast-feeding may be necessary to assist in solving the concern. Outpatient services are by appointment only. For more information or to schedule a consult, call 507-385-2967.


Related Services

Family Birth Center
- Family Medicine
- OB Shared Care Program
- Pediatrics
- Women's Health

Related Resources

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- Child Development
- Children's Health
- Pediatric Medicine
- Women's Health

Watch Ginny Clementson, a Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner who practices in obstetrics and gynecology, talk about women's health on Speaking of Health.