Breastfeeding & Lactation Services

When you choose to breastfeed, you enhance your child’s lifelong health as you develop a close bond, provide the best possible nutrition and even save money. Although breastfeeding may not always be easy, you can count on the support for success you’ll receive at Avera locations across the Upper Midwest.

Compassionate Care for Breastfeeding Moms

Benefit from free assistance with breastfeeding and lactation from International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and registered nurses specially trained in breastfeeding support. Services may include:

  • Preparation for breastfeeding class for expectant parents
  • Breastfeeding training and assistance throughout your hospital stay
  • Kangaroo (skin-to-skin) Care to facilitate early breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding products available through Avera@Home home medical equipment:
    • Medela breast pump rental or purchase
    • Breast pumping accessories
    • Breast care products
    • Nursing pillows
    • Maternity/new mother bras and panties
  • Breastfeeding follow-up as needed even after you leave the hospital
  • Assistance with transitioning from home to work

Milk Collection Depot

Donate your extra breastmilk to the Avera Milk Collection Depot and help other new moms provide their newborns with the best nutrition. As Milk Collection Depots for the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD, Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, SD, and Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall, MN, collect, store and transport donated mother’s milk to be processed and distributed to those in need.

If you’re interested in becoming a milk donor, contact the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa at 877-891-5347.

Breastfeeding Resources

Take advantage of Avera’s online resources, such as the breastfeeding section of our health library and downloadable PDFs, including:

Learn more about how to make a successful transition with breastfeeding and returning to work.

Find breast pumps and a complete line of breastfeeding supplies at Avera@Home home medical equipment locations.

Breastfeeding Support

Find the phone number for your local lactation center.

Aberdeen - 605-622-5000
Marshall, MN - 507-532-9661
Mitchell - 605-995-6330
Pierre - 605-224-3320
Sioux Falls - 605-322-4490 or 605-322-1529
Yankton - 605-668-8221

Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.