Lactation Services

Normal Pregnancy & Natural Childbirth


Preparing for Breastfeeding

Virtual Breastfeeding: Well Informed and Well Supported

You’ve spent so much time preparing for the birth of your baby. Now is the time to prepare for the postpartum time as well! Minnesota Birth Center’s breastfeeding class gives expectant parents all the tools and resources they need to get off to a great start breastfeeding—well informed and well supported. The course will cover the basics of breastfeeding—including how to identify a good latch, the most comfortable and effective ways to feed your baby, how to know your baby is “getting enough,” and practical strategies to work through the most common breastfeeding challenges. Learn more / register

Postpartum Breastfeeding Support

Lactation Visits

Supporting breastfeeding is an essential component of postpartum care at the Minnesota Birth Center. MBC has several lactation specialists on staff to assist parents in addressing a wide variety of breastfeeding challenges:

  • Positioning and latch difficulties
  • Sore nipples
  • Plugged ducts and mastitis
  • Thrush
  • Tongue and/or lip tie
  • Supply concerns
  • Pre-term babies
  • Breastfeeding after reduction
  • Feeding multiples
  • Bottle feeding
  • Return to work and pumping

Brielle Stoyke, APRN, CNM, IBCLC / Anna Hepsø, RN, IBCLC

Our lactation specialists support parents in their feeding choices and will work to balance the needs of your baby with your desires. Lactation Visits at MBC last about an hour and are scheduled at both of our Minneapolis and St. Paul sites throughout the week. Most of these visits are also available as virtual visits during COVID, if desired. Check with your insurance company regarding coverage for this visit type. For more information or to schedule a visit call MBC-Minneapolis (612-545-5311, ext. 1) or MBC-St. Paul (651-689-3988, ext. 1).

Well Fed Postpartum Group

Minnesota Birth Center also hosts Well Fed postpartum group every Monday at MBC-St. Paul. This event os paused during COVID. Stay tuned for announcements regarding its return!

Educational Resources on Breastfeeding and Lactation

Babies & Newborns Handouts

Bottle Feeding Handouts

Breast Compression Handouts

Candida Handouts

Engorgement Handouts

Going Back to Work Handouts

Hand Expression Handouts

Inverted Nipples Handouts

Low Supply Handouts

Oversupply Handouts

Plugged Ducts & Mastitis Handouts

Positioning & Latch Handouts

Pumping Handouts

Sore Nipples Handouts

Supplementation Handouts

Tongue Tie Handouts

Other Handouts

Additional Breastfeeding Resources:

Books on Breastfeeding: