Breastfeeding and lactation program

Children's Wisconsin is one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals and the only regional independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. Every day, we are working to advance our vision — that the kids of Wisconsin will be the healthiest in the nation. 

We know how important breastfeeding and mother's milk is to the health and development of babies. Our team of lactation experts promote, protect and support breastfeeding and the use of breast milk for our Children’s community and partners. We offer a variety of services to mothers with questions and concerns about breastfeeding, pumping, medications and more.

About breastfeeding and breast milk feeding

Human milk is a complex fluid that provides hundreds of components that support the growth and development of your baby. It provides the best nutrition and gives your baby protection against infection. Breast milk contains other important components like growth factors, hormones and enzymes. Breast milk changes in composition and amount from birth onward to meet an infant’s constantly changing needs.

Because breast milk protects your baby from illness and infection, it helps your baby to be healthier now and throughout his or her life. That protection is even more important for babies who are sick, need surgery or are premature. You can make sure your baby has the essential nutrients he or she needs to grow, develop, and recover from surgery or illness by breastfeeding or pumping your milk and providing it to your child.

Children’s follows the American Academy of Pediatrics breastfeeding recommendations – that all infants should be exclusively breastfed or receive breast milk for the first six months of life as complementary foods are introduced, then to continue breastfeeding or feeding breast milk for one year or longer as desired by both mother and child.

Programs and services

Breastfeeding resources

For more information or to request breastfeeding support from our lactation team at Children's Wisconsin in Milwaukee, call:

(414) 266-1757

For more information or to request breastfeeding support from our lactation team at Children's Wisconsin in Neenah, call:

(920) 969-7990

Photo of Children's NICU nurse Erin and her twin boys, Ryker and Hudson 

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Photo of Allison breastfeeding Charles  

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