How To Find Breastfeeding Help

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.

MOTHER-TO-MOTHER SUPPORT

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.

HELPLINES

The US Department of Women’s Health offers a Helpline as well as online breastfeeding resources. Staff includes both English and Spanish speaking peer counselors.

  • 800-994-9662.
    TDD 888-220-5446.
    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
    806-352-2519
    Monday through Friday 8:00 to 5:00 (CST)

The Nursing in Public Hotline is a project of Best for Babes staffed by Michelle Hickman and her volunteer staff. They help mothers who have experienced breastfeeding discrimination.

  • Nursing in Public Hotline
    855-647-3733

For helplines in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom, see Kellymom.

LACTATION CONSULTATION

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 International Lactation Consultant Association offers a sophisticated online tool for helping you to find a professional Lactation Consultant in your area.

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.

HELPFUL WEBSITES

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.
  • 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.

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.

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Editor and Publisher of peggyomara.com. Longtime natural living advocate, award winning writer, and independent thinker.

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