Breastfeeding Resources

Northside’s Lactation Program is one of the most comprehensive in the country.

At Northside Hospital, we want to support your decision to breastfeed. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for your baby’s first six months.

“Without the practical help and emotional support of the Northside Lactation Consultants, I would have given up breastfeeding after two weeks. They gave me a range of workable strategies and were always encouraging, capable and knowledgeable.”

-Grateful New Mom

Baby-Friendly® Designation

Northside Hospital Gwinnett is a Baby-Friendly® designated facility, meaning we have successfully implemented the Baby-Friendly criteria as outlined by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

As a Baby-Friendly® facility, Gwinnett Women's Pavilion is committed to fostering and nurturing a positive breastfeeding environment and experience right from the start. Through education, support and assistance, we work to ensure breastfeeding success for all. To learn more about this designation and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, visit

Breastfeeding Support Groups

Talk with other new moms about successes and struggles you’re facing with breastfeeding.

  • The Mom-Me Connection
    The Mom-Me Connection allows nursing mothers a weekly opportunity to connect, give and receive support and problem solve breastfeeding issues. A Certified Breastfeeding Consultant will be present to answer questions.

    Topics include: building and maintaining milk supply, feeding at night, preparing for back to work, etc. Open to moms and their babies (birth-6months). Only those registered may attend. To register, please go to

  • The Lactation Club (TLC) offers a FREE in-person support group every Monday (except holidays) at 11 am in the women’s pavilion at the Gwinnett Campus. For more information, call 678-312-4743.

Gain Confidence Through Knowledge

There’s one thing moms and medical experts agree on… preparing ahead of time is the key to successful breastfeeding. Northside provides breastfeeding education that will give you self-confidence and peace of mind.

Get off to a good start with our FREE breastfeeding eLearning program, which allows you 24/7 access to information, videos, PDFs and animations.

Download the Breastfeeding Log

We offer several options for breastfeeding classes: Breastfeeding Moms, Breastfeeding Couples and a Breastfeeding and Baby Essentials Combo class. Studies show more breastfeeding goals are met when moms have a good support system in place.

  • Learn foundational skills to feed your baby
  • Learn how your support person can help
  • Learn tips for a successful breastfeeding journey
  • Get answers to the most common questions new moms have
  • Practice techniques of latching and positioning

Making the Most of Your Experience

Moms say and studies show, following these recommendations while you are in the hospital will give you confidence and peace of mind when you return home.

  • Hold your baby skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest.
  • Observe and learn your baby’s cues and behaviors.
  • Keep your baby with you as much as possible.
  • Respond to your baby’s needs to breastfeed 8-12 times in a 24-hour day.
  • Delay visitors until you get home.

Lactation Support

Breastfeeding is often a learned skill. Before you leave the hospital, our staff can provide you with the knowledge and assistance to help you and your baby enjoy the rewards of breastfeeding.

If you have a question after you've already gone home from the hospital, just give us a call and one of our certified lactation consultants can help you over the phone. You can schedule an outpatient consultation or appointment to purchase a breast pump. Breast pump rentals may also be available at some campuses.

Need More?

Additional group classes are available. Click the links below to view dates and times.