Critical Care

Lactation Support

Children’s Hospital supports the statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics that breastmilk is a natural and beneficial source of nutrition and provides the healthiest start for an infant.


Inpatient Lactation Counseling

  • Certified Lactation Counselors are available for inpatient stays.

  • Occupational therapist and speech language pathologists, who are versed in oral motor skills.

Now Available! Virtual Lactation Support

Lactation Spaces

  • Lactation rooms for employees and patient’s families.
  • Hospital-grade Medela Symphony pumps are provided in each of the lactation rooms for your use. Pump kits for the Symphony pump are available for mothers who have children admitted to the hospital. If you need a connection kit for this pump to provide breastmilk for your hospitalized child, please let your nurse know.
  • The lactation spaces also welcome mothers to use their home pumps as well.
  • A hospital pump can also be brought to your inpatient room.


  • Main Campus- Red Tower, 2nd floor, near ER
  • Main Campus- Green Tower, 2nd floor, near elevators
  • State Street Campus- 3rd floor, to the right of the elevators

Donor Human Milk Program

Children’s Hospital cares for our most vulnerable and delicate infants. Donor human milk is available to medically eligible infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

For more information visit the Human Milk Bank of North America website:

Benefits of breastmilk

Research shows that breastmilk offers many health benefits for infants and mothers. Some benefits of breastmilk include:

  • Natural source of the nutrients your baby needs
  • Less risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Enhances newborn brain development
  • Less risk your baby will be overweight
  • Less risk of diabetes for your baby and you
  • Less risk of ovarian and breast cancer for mother

Breastfeeding Resources

Breastmilk storage

Human Milk Storage Guidelines for NICU and High Risk Infants

Human milk

Room temperature

Time in refrigerator

Time in freezer

Freshly expressed

Ideal: Refrigerate immediately

Acceptable: Less than 4 hours if refrigeration not available

2 days-4 days

Ideal: 4 weeks

Optimal: 3 months

Acceptable: Less than 12 months in a deep freezer

Previously frozen, thawed in refrigerator but not warmed

Less than 4 hours

Less than 24 hours

Do not refreeze

Previously frozen and brought to room temperature

For completion of current feed

4 hours

Do not refreeze

Infant has started feeding

Completion of current feeding and then discard



Frozen donor milk

Completion of current feed, then discard

<24 hours

Do not refreeze

Source: Jones, Frances. Best Practice for Expressing, Storing and Handling Human Milk. 2011.

Human Milk Storage Guidelines for Term Infants

Location of Storage


Maximum recommended storage duration

Room temperature



4 hours optimal




4 days optimal




6 months optimal

12 months acceptable

Source: Eglash, A. et al. ABM Clinical Protocol #8: Human Milk Storage Information for Home Use for Full Term Infants, Revised 2017.


Meals are provided to breastfeeding mothers who have a hospitalized child.