Improving the physical and emotional well being of childbearing families and their infants is a primary goal of the State Perinatal Program (SPP). Breastfeeding with its many known health benefits for infants, children, and mothers, is a key strategy to accomplish this goal. Breastfeeding is a natural and beneficial source of nutrition and provides the healthiest start for an infant. In addition to the nutritional benefits, breastfeeding promotes a unique and emotional connection between mother and baby and helps reduce illness and the risk of SIDS.

To learn more about efforts in Alabama, visit:
Alabama Breastfeeding Committee
Women, Infants and Children
Mother's Milk Bank of Alabama
This informative video details how Auburn's milkbank was established.
Milk Depot locations map

Educational resources available for download:
Doctors in Action
Nurses in Action
Infant Stomach Capacity

Presentations from the 2017 Breastfeeding Summit available for download:
Reducing Health Disparities - Dr. Sahira Long
Gaining Cultural Competence In Community Nutrition - Julia Sosa
Breastfeeding and Sleep Practices - Dr. Stacy Scott

PDFs available for download:
Before giving a bottle
Information for Breastfeeding Families
Rooming In
Skin to Skin
Stomach Capacity
The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
Ten Great Reasons to Breastfeed
Ten Valuable Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

Mother's Milk Depot Locations

Mother's Milk Depot of Monroe County
2016 S. Alabama Avenue
Monroeville, AL 36460
By appointment only

Infirmary Health
Women's Health Alliance of Mobile
1720 Springhill Ave., Suite 400
Mobile, AL 36604
Mon - Fri
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Southeast Alabama Medical Center
1108 Ross Clark Circle
Dothan, AL 36301
Mon - Fri
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Cornerstone Family Chiropractic
323 Airport Road, Suite E
Auburn, AL 36830
Mon, Wed, Thurs
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mothers' Milk Bank of Alabama
107 Walter Davis Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

RMC Lactation Services
400 E 10th Street
Anniston, AL 36207
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Connections Breastfeeding: The Baby's Room
801 E. Tennessee Street
Florence, AL 35630
Tues - Fri
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Connections Breastfeeding: A Nurturing Moment
7540 Memorial Pkwy SW, Suite B
Huntsville, AL 35802
Mon - Thur
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Connections Breastfeeding: Madison
(Journey Therapeutic Massage)
1874 Slaughter Road, Suite M
Madison, AL 35758
By Appointment Only

Infant Feeding During Disasters

Did you know that breastfeeding helps babies stay healthy during disasters and every day? During a disaster or an emergency there may be no clean drinking water. Breastfeeding helps protect babies from unclean water, boosts immunity and provides comfort. Learn more from the United State Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families.

Additional Breastfeeding Resources

Breastfeeding Support Groups

  • Auburn/Opelika Mommies
    Breastfeeding Support Group
    Every Thursday Noon
    2:00 p.m.
    Third floor dayroom
    East Alabama Medical Center

  • Baby Cafe
    (256) 310-1235
    Every Tuesday
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1327 Leighton Avenue

  • Breastfriends
    First Friday of each month
    Chambers County Health Department
    11:30 am EST
    Phone 334-756-0758
    April Baek - Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
    Anne Ponder - Nutritionist

  • Breastfeeding Support Group
    10:00 - 11:30 am
    1st and 3rd Saturdays
    10:00 - 11:30 am
    Women's Pavilion
    910 Adams Street, Room 120 B

  • Brookwood Baptist Health
    Breastfeeding Moms Groups
    Six groups meet each week with a lactation consultant. Mothers can weigh their babies,
    talk to a consultant, and make new friends. There are no fees or obligations. Moms can bring any female with them. The groups are open to all moms who are breastfeeding or
    pumping for their baby.

    Monday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Flint Hill Baptist Church
    1630 Powder Plant Rd?
    Life Group Rm 5

    Monday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    6th Avenue Baptist Church
    1101 Martin Luther King Drive
    2nd Floor John Thomas Porter Bldg

    Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    First Baptist Church
    128 North Chalkville Road
    Room 138-Next to the Prayer Room

    Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    The Church at Brook Hills
    3145 Brook Highland Parkway
    From Hwy 280, turn East on Hwy 119
    Modular 2A-Next to Worship Center

    Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Gold's Gym
    Hwy 31-Behind CVS
    Classroom A

    Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Valleydale Baptist Church
    23224 Valleydale Road
    Room 306
  • Childbirth/Breastfeeding Class
    Instructor: Cindy Jones, RNC, IBCLC, CBE
    Free to the public. Snacks provided.
    July 21
    September 22
    November 17
    Monroe County Hospital
    2016 South Alabama Avenue

  • Circle of Moms
    A free breastfeeding club
    (334) 286-2829
    January 11 & 25
    February 8 & 22
    March 7 & 21
    April 4 & 18
    May 2, 16 & 30
    June 13 & 27
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    UAB School of Medicine
    Basement Auditorium,
    adjacent to Baptist Medical Center South,

  • Gadsden Breastfeeding Support Group
    (256) 494-4334
    (256) 494-4231
    Last Tuesday
    5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Gadsden Regional Medical Center
    500 Building, Conference Room

  • La Leche League
    (256) 452-1622
    Second Tuesday
    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Jacksonville, Alabama

  • Milk and Cookies
    First Saturday
    10:00 - 11:30 am
    Frank Brown Recreation Center

  • Mom's Support Group
    Every other week
    Call 251-743-7458 for meeting details
    16 Todd Street

  • Valley Breastfeeding Circle
    Second and Last Tuesday
    6:00 - 7:00 p.m. EST
    Chambers County Library

Certified Clinical Lactation Counselors

Sharon Norris
Andalusia Regional Hospital
Phone: (334) 343-3089

Tracie Bullock
Athens-Limestone Hospital
Phone: (256) 206-0835

Leanna Rambo
Baptist Medical Center South
Phone: (334) 286-2829

Shayla Montgomery
Brookwood Medical Center
Phone: (205) 515-3895

Marlena Harkins
Citizens Baptist Medical Center
Phone: (256) 761-4200

Erin Rigoni
Decatur Morgan Hospital
Phone: (205) 361-6262

Meredith Buck
D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital
Phone: (251) 363-4441

Jennifer Hall
Flowers Hospital
Phone: (334) 726-2855

Charity Christopher
Gadsden Regional Medical Center
Phone: (256) 504-7296

Haley Bunch
Highlands Medical Center
Phone: (256) 302-0308

Janna Hardiman
Madison Hospital
Phone: (931) 242-5502

Michelle Aldaz
Marshall Medical Center North
Phone: (256) 200-6731

Raunda Atkins
UAB Medical West
Phone: (205) 492-4884

Emily Williams
Mobile Infirmary
Phone: (228) 217-2915

Kelsi Dykes
Monroe County Hospital
Phone: (334) 723-6413

Joy Duncan
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
Phone: (256) 347-8493

Jennifer Zirlott
Providence Hospital
Phone: (251) 370-4130

Carrie Papp
Shelby Baptist Medical Center
Phone: (205) 620-7059

Ashley Kuhr
Springhill Medical Center
Phone: (251) 460-5324

Robin Fillingame
South Baldwin Regional Medical Center
Phone: (251) 949-3677

Bethany Grimes
Southeast Alabama Medical Center
Phone: (334) 434-3600

Pam Blackwell
Trinity Medical Center
Phone: (205) 592-1375

Eddie Jo Howard
Vaughan Regional Medical Center
Phone: (334) 412-0488

Lisa Carter
Region I Perinatal Coordinator
Phone: (256) 265-7980

Shirley Daniel
Region V Perinatal Coordinator
Phone: (334) 286-5441

Amy Stratton
State Perinatal Program Director
Phone: (334) 206-6403

Alabama Breastfeeding Initiative

In 2015, the State Perinatal Program was awarded an Association of State and Territorial Health Officials grant to address increasing breastfeeding practices in birthing facilities. As a result, the Alabama Breastfeeding Initiative (ABI) was born. To date, Alabama has five Baby-Friendly, USA certified hospitals: East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Northeast Alabama Medical Center in Anniston, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Madison Hospital, and Monroe Hospital. An additional twenty-five of Alabama's delivering hospitals are participating in the Alabama Breastfeeding Initiative to promote breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for infants less than one year of age based on the "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding," as defined by the World Health Organization.

The ABI, in collaboration with a multitude of partners, is committed to providing evidence-based resources to promote and support optimal breastfeeding practices. The ultimate goal of the ABI is to reduce morbidity and mortality, decrease healthcare costs, and improve the overall health of every citizen in Alabama.

Page last updated: August 24, 2017