Breastfeeding Resources Near You: Where to Turn

October 22, 2013

Getting the right support and guidance can mean the difference between struggle and success. A new study found that many moms abandon breastfeeding due to early difficulties, and you have to wonder how many would have continued if only they had the right resources and support. No matter how your breastfeeding journey unfolds, know that you’re not alone. Here are some helpful resources for you to learn more, build a support team, and learn where to turn if you’re having trouble along the way.

Talk to your OB/GYN or pediatrician.

Some Lactation Professionals practice privately, while others work at a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office. Your healthcare provider should be able to recommend someone near you, and might also work closely with a Lactation Consultant to support you as a team.

Check with your insurer.

You can check to see if lactation counseling is covered under your insurance plan. Our survey shows that 96% of insurance policies cover lactation support without copay. If you are eligible for WIC assistance, your local office may offer a breastfeeding peer counselor or other Lactation Professional to help, too.

Visit the International Lactation Consultant Association’s website.

This worldwide network of Lactation Professionals includes an extensive directory of registered International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) that is updated every two weeks.

Locate your nearest La Leche League Leader or group.

La Leche League International is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing breastfeeding information, education, and support for nursing mothers. Visit their website to find breastfeeding resources and to connect with a La Leche counselor or support group.

Ask Medela’s LC or search our locator.

Pumps are a big part of what we do, but they’re not the only thing. We are committed to supporting mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies by providing the best breastfeeding related services, too. You can consult one-on-one via email with our Board Certified Lactation Consultant, who will assist you with any breastfeeding questions and concerns. You can also locate products, rental services, and Lactation Professionals near you by searching our network.

Have you consulted with a Lactation Professional? How did you get connected with the support you needed? Share with us in the comments below.

5 thoughts on “Breastfeeding Resources Near You: Where to Turn

  1. With my first child, latching was nearly impossible. After two days at home, not a lot of progress and a lot of confusion, I called my doctor. She said I needed to take a nursing vacation and just hang out with the baby in bed for a few days. That wasn’t helpful. I finally called the lactation consultant at the hospital. I had to pay but it was WELL WORTH THE MONEY. She helped me learn to help the baby latch, good positions and holds and how to establish a good supply.

    With my second baby, I asked to meet with the lactation consultant right away after she was born just to ensure we had a good nursing relationship established before we went home. She came and checked on me several times, but for the most part, I had it.

    For my third, well, there was no latch in the hospital. She was a premie and just not strong. I pumped and pumped and pumped. By the time we went home, we had yet to nurse. But that night, I got her to latch on. That was 6.5 months ago and we are still going strong.

    I am HONORED when friends ask me for help, but my advice is only based on my experience, and everyone’s is different. If you are frustrated or in need of a little advice, call on the pros. They are priceless!

    • Hi Rebecca, that’s wonderful to hear. Thank you for sharing your experience – proper support is key for breastfeeding success, and we hope that more and more women reach out to Lactation Professionals. Their advice can make a huge difference, especially for first-time moms. Keep up the great work + congratulations on breastfeeding for 6+ months! – Kathy

  2. It took my milk almost a week and a half to come on after having my daughter. My daughters pediatrician tried really hard to push me into just not breast feeding. I used a breast milk supplement for a week until my milk came in. My daughter is now 12.5 months old and still breast feeding. It was such a help having a sister who used to work with breast feeding mothers.

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