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Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Breastfeeding Center

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Breastfeeding classes before your baby is born and lactation specialists and consultants during your hospital stay will provide breastfeeding education and support for you and your baby. Once you leave the hospital and are home with your baby, you may need more breastfeeding support. That is when you can turn to the Northwestern Medicine Breastfeeding Centers at Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals.

One-on-one breastfeeding consultations with a lactation consultant provide counsel and education to breastfeeding mothers and babies. Appointments may include taking a history, observing a breastfeeding session, as well as education and a follow-up plan. This service is by appointment only so that we may serve you better. To schedule a lactation consultation at Kishwaukee Hospital, call 815.748.8350. To schedule a lactation consultation at Valley West Hospital, call 815.786.3760.

Mothers and babies are welcome to attend Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospital's Mom's Breastfeeding Support Groups. Drop in with your baby to meet other breastfeeding moms and receive the support and encouragement you need. Facilitated by a certified lactation consultant, this group is meant to provide support and assist with any issues you and baby may be experiencing with feeding. Please visit for meeting dates and times.

Milk Depot

The Breastfeeding Center at Kishwaukee Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of a human milk depot with the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. One of the first four Illinois locations, the Milk Depot at the Breastfeeding Center is a place where pre-approved mothers can drop-off their extra breast milk to help save the lives of premature and sick babies whose mothers cannot produce enough milk of their own.

To donate breast milk, mothers need to go through a screening process with the milk bank. The process begins by calling 847.262.5134 and talking to the donor outreach team at Mothers' Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. Once a donor number is received, mothers can call the Breastfeeding Center at Kishwaukee Hospital at 815.748.8350 to arrange a drop off time.

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Northwestern Medicine facilities offer access to world-class patient care across the greater Chicagoland area and Northern Illinois. Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the No. 1 hospital in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report, our clinical and administrative staff and medical and science faculty come together every day with a shared commitment to superior quality, academic excellence, scientific discovery and patient safety.

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