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Texas Children's Pavilion for Women | Lactation and Milk Bank Services
We’re here to help you give your baby a healthy start in life. That’s why we offer you support services through Baby Bistro in the Pavilion for Women and Lactation and Milk Bank Services at Texas Children’s Hospital. Although studies show that exclusive breastfeeding for at least four months provides the greatest benefit, any amount of time that you can breastfeed will help you and your baby.
The breast milk your body makes is designed to produce the nutrients your baby needs to grow and develop. Your milk also contains infection-fighting cells and other benefits not present in formula that give your baby:• Enhanced brain growth and development• Lower risk of ear infections, diarrhea, meningitis and respiratory infections• Lower risk of asthma and eczema• Lower risk of juvenile-onset diabetes and childhood obesity
Breastfeeding can also benefit mom:
• Bonding with your baby: Breastfeeding provides a special time for you and your baby to be together• Health: Lower risk of ovarian and pre-menopausal breast cancers• Slimming down: Because your body consumes extra calories to produce breast milk, breastfeeding may help you lose weight after pregnancy• Saving money: Breastfeeding costs very little; formula is costly
You will have a nurse with you in your private mother-baby room at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. The nurse will help you with breastfeeding techniques. She also encourages skin-to-skin contact between you and your baby, which studies show helps breastfeeding go more smoothly. Learn more about breastfeeding techniques
After you and your newborn have left the hospital, the Baby Bistro is an outpatient clinic available to support you throughout your breastfeeding experience. Learn more about Baby Bistro
Our milk bank collects, labels, refrigerates and dispenses the milk that you produce. Technicians prepare breast milk for feeding, add fortification as ordered by your physician and deliver prepared milk to infant areas. You can express your milk in private rooms that are located near the Milk Bank. Nurses are nearby to offer you instruction and help. Find out more about the Milk Bank
If you produce a surplus of milk, you can choose to donate your breast milk to premature infants and newborns in need through our Milk Bank. Learn more about milk donation
You can rent Medela Symphony®, Classic™ or Lactina® breast pump and Babyweigh™ scales through Baby Bistro.
The Pavilion for Women offers classes on breastfeeding and infant care. View the class schedule