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Breastfeeding / The Lactation Center

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Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center knows that breastfeeding can be challenging but rewarding. Research studies continue to show breastfeeding as being beneficial for babies and their moms.

The Lactation Center retail shop is where moms can find a variety of carefully selected merchandise to support them throughout their motherhood journey. In conjunction with The Family Birth Center, the Lactation Center provides a full spectrum of services to help mothers feel confident before delivery, during and after your hospital stay. Our in-house experts are registered as Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and are ready to offer you the best possible advice and instruction to help ensure that your breastfeeding experience is as successful as possible.

Conveniently located on the first floor of Women’s Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands. Across from the entrance into the Family Birth Center. Free parking is nearby off Pinecroft Drive and off Medical Plaza Drive. One on one, lactation consultations are available by appointment only. For more information or to schedule a consult, call the Lactation Center at (713) 897-5832. Payments for consults are the responsibility of the client at the time of service. Some insurance carriers may reimburse certain fees.

Products Available:

  • Nursing bras by Cake, Bravado, Simple Wishes, and Medela
  • Hands-free pumping bras
  • Breastfeeding support pillows by Luna Lullaby and My Breast Friend
  • Twin nursing pillows
  • Medela breastfeeding support products
  • Kiinde Breastfeeding System
  • Pumpin’ Pals Breastfeeding Shields
  • Personal-use Medela breast pumps
  • Hospital-grade pump rentals
    • 1 week, $25
    • 1 month, $65
    • 3 months, $170
    • 5 months, $275
  • Halo sleepsacks
  • Baby K’Tan Carriers
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Preemie clothing
  • Teething support items

Hours of Operation

Outpatient Lactation and Retail Shop

Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday (closed)
(713) 897-5832

Inpatient IBCLC Consultations

Seven-days-a-week availability.

Support Groups

Lactation Center Classroom

All About Moms: Free support group designed to help any new mom share their excitement and challenges in the company of other new moms. A registered nurse facilitates the group sessions and is available to answer questions – and you can even weigh your baby in the classroom on the provided scale. This group meets every Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The class is free and requires no registration. Bring your baby along – all babies birth to one-year of age are welcome.

Adventures in Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is full of surprises, joy, and challenges! Come share your adventure with other new moms. This free, mother-to-mother support group gives nursing moms a comfortable place to share their experience with breastfeeding, while also providing one another with encouragement and support – all under the guidance of an experienced Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). This group meets every Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The class is free and requires no registration. Bring your baby along – all babies birth to three months of age are welcome.

The Lactation Center is also home to the Perinatal Education Classroom, where the above support groups are held. There, a series of low cost classes are also taught – including topics like infant CPR, newborn care, breastfeeding, c-section (cesarean) birth, and prepared childbirth. Visit our Events and Classes page to learn more and sign up. You can also sign up for free tours of Women’s and Children’s Services at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands which features Women’s Memorial Hermann and Children’s Memorial Hermann.

Donor Milk Drop-Off Site

Mother’s Milk Bank Collection

The Neonatal ICU at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands has collaborated with the Mother’s Milk Bank of Austin (Houston location) for several years in order to secure donor breast milk for our tiniest, most vulnerable patients. We are a donor milk collection site for the Milk Bank, with a drop off in our Lactation Center during regular store hours (Monday through Saturday). The Milk Bank drop off depot site allows for lactating women who produce more breast milk than their child/children need to donate it back to premature babies in Texas.

How to get set up as a donor? Following a screening process by the Mother’s Milk Bank of Austin, the lactating mom simply drops off her milk at our Lactation Center. There, we place the donated breast milk in the freezer and store it for a short time before it is officially collected by the Milk Bank. Under the Milk Bank’s care, the milk is pasteurized and processed to meet the specific needs of fragile and sick premature infants.

Mother’s Milk Bank of Austin

Call (877) 813-6455 for more information on breast milk donation.