If you have a breastfeeding question or concern, how do you know where to turn for help? Of course, reach out to your midwife or doctor, but sometimes you want to talk to someone whose speciality is breastfeeding.
You may have attended La Leche League (LLL) meetings in your town while you were pregnant and have a LLL Leader to contact. If not, LLL and other organizations have online directories to help you find mother-to-mother support nearby.
- Find a LLL Leader in the US
- Find a Breastfeeding USA Counselor
- Find your state, local, tribal, or cultural Breastfeeding Coalition
- Find a peer counselor with WIC. See their online directory of state agencies.
- Talk to other mothers online at LLL
- Talk to other mothers online at Attachment Parenting International
9:00 to 6:00 EST
The InfantRisk Center is the place to call if you have a question about breastfeeding and medications. The center, founded by Dr. Tom Hale, provides up-to-date evidence-based information on the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Infant Risk Center
Monday through Friday 8:00 to 5:00 (CST)
- Nursing in Public Hotline
For helplines in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom, see Kellymom.
Of course, call your local hospital, birth center or midwife and ask for a recommendation for a lactation consultant or to make an appointment. If your local hospital is Baby Friendly, all the better.
The National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color has a provider’s directory.
Baby Cafe is an organization that coordinates a network of breastfeeding drop-in centers and other services to support breastfeeding mothers. It’s unique because moms don’t have to wait for help, but can drop-in and be in the company of other breastfeeding moms and get their questions answered by a professional. Here’s a state-by-state directory of Baby Cafes. Plus, here’s how to set up a Baby Cafe in your community.
In addition to the websites of the organizations above, here are some other helpful breastfeeding websites:
- Perhaps the top go-to website for reliable breastfeeding information is Kellymom.
- Nancy Morhbacher is a seminal lactation consultant, author and entrepreneur.
- BreastfeedingBasics is the stellar website from lactation consultant, Anne Smith
- The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is an international multi-specialty physician organization, with over 500 members from more than 50 countries.
- Jack Newman, MD, is a renowned Canadian physician specializing in breastfeeding support and advocacy.
- William Sears, MD, is an American pediatrician well known for breastfeeding advocacy.
- The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 50 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations that share a common mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States.
- World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) protects, promotes, and supports breastfeeding worldwide.
Whether your breastfeeding question is big or small, seems silly or not, information and support are essential for breastfeeding success. Don’t hesitate to reach out to other breastfeeding moms or to one of the organizations above.
About Peggy O’Mara. I am an independent journalist who edits and publishes peggyomara.com. I was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine for over 30 years and founded Mothering.com in 1995. My books includeHaving a Baby Naturally, Natural Family Living, The Way Back Homeand A Quiet Place.Ihave conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. I am the mother of four and grandmother of three. Please check out my email newsletter with free tips on parenting, activism, and healthy living.