Lactation Links for ​Breatsfeeding Help

An IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) is the gold standard for breastfeeding help.  To find a Lactation Consultant near you, click here.  You will be redirected to the ILCA website. ILCA is the professional orgaination for Lactation Consultants and they publish a directory of lactation consultants by zip code.  IBCLCs work in hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, private independent practices, and some will even come to your house.  You can expect to pay for their services, but many insurances will reimburse you for this.  Call your insurance company to find out what is covered.
Free breastfeeding help may be available in your area, provided by trained volunteers. Many women feel strongly about helping other women breastfeed and volunteer their time.  Breastfeeding USA and La Leche League are both well respected national and international organizations that provide breastfeeding information and support.   Both of these groups provide mother-to-mother support by way of group meetings and/or individual helping.  There is usually no charge for their services, but you are welcome to join their groups or make a donation if you find them helpful. And it is a great way to meet other mothers!
  Click here to find local La Leche League.
  Click here to find local for Breastfeeding USA.


Skin to Skin and Early Breastfeeding: Click here. If you are planning to breastfeed, plan on keeping baby skin to skin right after birth.  This can help facilitate early breastfeeding.  Watch this Global Health media video that shows you what to look for and how to help baby in the first hour of life.  
Hand Expressing Colostrum: If baby is not latching, you may wish to hand express colostrum and spoon feed baby.  This 2 1/2 minute video from UNICEF UK shows you how. Click here.
Hand Expressing Colostrum & Breastmilk:  This excellent video from Global Health Media shows you how. You will be redirected to their web site and can make a donation to support their educational efforts.   Click here.
Hand Expressing Colostrum & Breastmilk:  This excellent video from Global Health Media shows you how. You will be redirected to their web site and can make a donation to support their educational efforts.   Click here.
Sore nipples often are the result of poor attachment.  This excellent 10 minute video shows how to get a deep, comfortable latch.   Click h ere to go to Global Health Media and see the video. 


Insurance Coverage and Lactation Consultation
   National Women's Law Center Toolkit for Breastfeeding Moms---How to Get Your Insurance to pay for Your IBCLC Visit                                                        http://www.nwlc.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/final_nwlcbreastfeedingtoolkit2014_edit.pdf
Breastmilk Handling & Storage from CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/recommendations/handling_breastmilk.htm

Caregiver & Breastfeeding:  http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/breastfeeding-resources-1/2016/6/10/for-the-caregiver-of-a-breastfed-baby

How much milk will baby need? http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/

Lipase in milk: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/lipase-expressedmilk/

Milk Bank Donation: https://www.hmbana.org/hmbana-about

Medications & Breastfeeding: http://mommymeds.com/mobile-apps

States Breastfeeding Laws: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/p/cm/ld/fid=25#state

WIC Works-Breastfeeding Info from many resources  https://wicworks.fns.usda.gov/breastfeeding

New Mother Support groups:
                      La Leche League:   http://www.llli.org/webus.html
                      Breastfeeding USA: https://breastfeedingusa.org/
​                      WIC Peer Counseling: 
                      PACE—formal new mother support in DC metro area: http://www.pacemoms.org/

Podcasts-- the Boob group--All Kinds of Beastfeeding info: www.newmommymedia.com/the-boob-group

BabyWearing in DC Metro Area: www.beltwaybabywearers.blogspot.com

Safe Sleep with Baby: http://breastfeedingtoday-llli.org/the-safe-sleep-seven/

Gassy baby: https://milkontap.com/understanding-your-gassy-baby/
                      Massage for Gassy baby: http://www.wallisforwellness.com/tutorials/#.VrCmyPkrLWI

Alcohol & Breastfeeding:  https://reassuranceprovided.com/2014/12/12/breast-feeding-myth/

Low Milk Supply: www.lowmilksupply.org

Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery: http://www.bfar.org/index.shtml

MOBI--Challenging Breastfeeding, Info & Support: http://www.mobimotherhood.org/

Tongue Tie Basics:https: //www.lactationtraining.com/resources/handouts-parents?task=document.viewdoc&id=113

MANY free, downloadable handouts--in English, Spanish, Chinese & Arabic-- for new parents can be found at Lactation Education Resources