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Breastfeeding Center in Northern Illinois

IBCLC Care Award

The IBLCE® and ILCA® 
have recognized
Kishwaukee Hospital and
the KishHealth System
Breastfeeding Center for
excellence in lactation
care. Learn More

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 KishHealth System Breastfeeding Center, located on the first floor of Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, for support over the phone or to schedule a free lactation consultation.

Our goal is to help you address concerns and overcome obstacles through your baby’s first year. The Breastfeeding Center in DeKalb serves all new moms in Northern Illinois, no matter where you delivered.

The Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital Maternity Suites follow the guidelines of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal NursesAmerican Academy of Pediatrics; and the World Health Organization to improve the health of women and infants through education, support, and the promotion of breastfeeding.

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Personalized Care and Services

Breastfeeding Warm Line

Please call 815.748.8350. Our lactation consultants offer telephone support to answer questions or concerns about breastfeeding from 12:30-4:30 pm Monday through Friday. When not immediately available, messages left for the consultants will be returned on the next business day.

Outpatient Breastfeeding Consultations

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. Appointments at Kish Hospital are available Monday through Friday, 12:30 - 4:30 pm, call 815.748.8350. Valley West Hospital consultations are available on Wednesdays, call 815.786.3760.

Breastfeeding Classes for Expectant Parents

By taking breastfeeding classes with KishHealth System, you will learn the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby, getting started, preventing common problems and how to pump and store breast milk.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Kish Hospital’s Mom's Breastfeeding Support Group meets at the hospital on the second and fourth Thursday from 10 - 11 am. Mothers and babies are welcome to attend this breastfeeding group to discuss the joys and challenges of breastfeeding. 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.

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.

For questions or more information, please call 815.748.8350.

Retail Boutique

The Breastfeeding Center, located on the first floor of at Kish Hospital offers a retail boutique that includes:

  • Breast Pump Rentals/Purchase: As an authorized Medela dealer, we carry a number of electric breast pumps available for rent or purchase. We also offer and can order specialized attachments and replacement parts as needed.
  • Nursing Bras: One of our experienced lactation consultants can help you find the correct nursing bra to provide you with the comfort and support you need. We are proud to carry Bravado/Medela nursing bras.
  • Breastfeeding Supplies and Accessories: We carry a number of breastfeeding and infant accessories including nursing pillows, herbal supplements for mom, natural bath and body products, and swaddle blankets.

Retail Hours: Monday - Friday 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Coordinated by one of our lactation consultants, our Breastfeeding Support Facebook page is dedicated to supporting and connecting local breastfeeding moms. 

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Talk to a live lactation consultant on our Breastfeeding Warm Line.



Monday - Friday
12:30 - 4:30 pm

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