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Baby’s Best Start

Baby with Mother

The following “healthy pregnancy and baby’s best start” tool kit has information to help faculty and staff locate resources offered through Vanderbilt and other reliable sources. You can learn more by clicking on the links in the Healthy Pregnancy and Breastfeeding sections.

Healthy Pregnancy

Resources for Vanderbilt Faculty and Staff

Educational Resources

  • My 9 Months Developed by March of Dimes experts, this website gives important information for before, during, and after pregnancy.
  • Healthy Pregnancy The federal government source for information on giving your baby a healthy start.

Planning Your Maternity Leave

  • Applying for maternity leave (Family Medical Leave Act or “FMLA”)
  • Going on maternity leave (FMLA)
  • Using Short-term Disability to pay part of your salary while on maternity leave
  • Returning from maternity leave (FMLA)
  • Human Resources policy on breaks for breastfeeding mothers


Resources for Vanderbilt Faculty and Staff

View lactation rooms, locations, how to access, and room details. If you have any questions regarding the lactation rooms or would like to add a location, contact Stacey Bonner, Family Services Coordinator, at 936-1990 or

Educational Resources

  • Breastfeeding is more than a lifestyle choice—it’s an important health choice. This government website offers comprehensive information on all aspects of breastfeeding.
  • Breastfeeding Baby’s Best Start Find practical information from the Tennessee Department of Health on giving your baby the best start with breastfeeding.
  • Pumping and Storing Breast Milk Find information at Women’s Health website on pumping and storing your milk for when you are away from your baby.

Additional Resources

  • La Leche League International offers breastfeeding help, information, and resources.
  • Local Tennessee Chapters
  • Books
    • Pregnancy-A New Life Handbook by Vanderbilt Center for Women’s Health
    • The American Association of Pediatrics New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding
    • The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins