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Feeding Your Baby

Feeding Your Newborn Is A
Round-The-Clock Commitment


How you feed your newborn is the first nutrition decision you make for your child. At Cookeville Regional Medical Center, we want your baby’s nutritional and emotional needs to be met whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed.

We offer prenatal classes so that you feel prepared for your new baby.

To discuss feeding options, please reach out to our lactation consultant, please call 931-783-5773.

Community Breastfeeding Resources

All county health departments offer free breastfeeding support in Tennessee. Call your local department of health for more information.

TN Breastfeeding Hotline can be reached 24/7 for support by dialing 844-4BFMOMS (844-423-6667)

Infant Risk Center
1 (806) 352-2519

Southern Lactation Services
Connor Giddens, IBCLC
Contact: 615-684-2852

Upper Cumberland Lactation Services
Stephanie Ross, IBCLC
Contact: 931-808-3368

Bottle Feeding

  1. It is important to offer a feeding to your baby every 3 hours and on demand. Feed your baby when they show signs of being hungry: sucking on fingers, smacking lips, moving head and mouth around. Crying is a late hunger cue.
  2. Hold baby close in a semi-upright position so you can see their face. This is a great opportunity to bond with your baby by talking to them. Try and alternate which side you hold baby.
  3. Begin softly rubbing the nipple against their top lip to encourage baby to open his/her mouth. Gently insert the nipple into baby’s mouth while keeping the bottle in a horizontal position. The nipple should be halfway filled with milk. The bottle should be just slightly tipped to prevent milk from flowing too fast.
  4. Watch your baby and follow the cues for when they need a break. They may splay their fingers and toes, spill milk out of their mouth, stop sucking, turn their head away or push the bottle away. Gently remove the nipple or bring the bottle down to cut off the flow of milk.
  5. Bottle feedings should take between 10-15 minutes.

Where you can get a breast pump
This site walks you through the steps of how to obtain a pump through insurance. Contact your insurance company and request information on what breast pump you may qualify for. Major retail stores such as Target, Walmart, or Amazon carry a variety of pumps. You can purchase directly through a number of breast pump manufacturers.

*These resources are provided as a reference. CRMC is not affiliated with or offers endorsement of any product or services

Medical Supply Services
Carries breast pumps to purchase or obtain through insurance
749 W Jackson St, Cookeville, TN 38501
(931) 525-1178

Buckeye Home Medical Equipment
Carries breast pumps to purchase or obtain through insurance
1150 Perimeter Park Drive A, Cookeville, TN 38501
(931) 526-5545