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.
Founded in 1956, La Leche League (LLL) is the premier organization for breastfeeding support. If you attended LLL meetings in your town while you were pregnant, you will have a local LLL Leader to contact. If not, LLL and other organizations have meet-ups, conferences, and online provider directories to help you find mother-to-mother support nearby.
- Find a LLL Leader in the US or a Breastfeeding USA Counselor
- Find your state, local, tribal, or cultural Breastfeeding Coalition
- Find a peer counselor with WIC.
- Join the Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association
- Contact Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)
- Join on Facebook: Black Moms Breastfeeding Support Group
- Join on Facebook: Kellymom’s breastfeeding support group
The US Department of Women’s Health offers a Helpline and online breastfeeding resources, including “Breastfeeding myths in the African-American community.” Staff includes both English and Spanish speaking peer counselors.
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)
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.
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. During COVID, Baby Cafe is offering virtual get-togethers. 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
- Black 360 Breastfeeding by Kimberly Seals Allers is a comprehensive content library of resources, perspectives and voices of the black breastfeeding experience.
- 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.
- Black Women Do Breastfeed aims to make the community of black breastfeeding women visible.
- 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. It sponsors World Breastfeeding Week the first week in August.
- Black Breastfeeding Week offers events and sponsorships aimed at reducing breastfeeding disparities. It is held the last week in August.
Whether your breastfeeding question is big or small, silly or serious, 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 include Having a Baby Naturally, Natural Family Living, The Way Back Home and A Quiet Place.I have 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.