Sometimes you need a little help. La
Leche League offers free mother-to-mother breastfeeding information
and support. Get involved in La Leche League BEFORE the baby arrives
so you will have a support network already in place if you need
it. Also, La Leche League offers ongoing support, and like-minded
mothers for social interaction.
Lactation Consultant Association - Find a Lactation Consultant
Sometimes you need even more help!
This is the place to turn when your situation requires a health
professional with education and experience in lactation science.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) has
extensive experience counseling women about breastfeeding, and in
addition is required to have certain minimum educational requirements
before even sitting for the certification exam. After passing the
exam, board certified lactation consultants are required to take
Continuing Education in lactation management. Look for the credentials
"IBCLC" when choosing a lactation consultant.
Milk Banking Association of North America
Human milk is a precious resource.
Even with milk banks, the availability of donor milk is very limited.
Sometimes, a mother chooses not to breastfeed, or for whatever reason
is unable to breastfeed. Some babies MUST receive human milk in
order to survive. In these cases, doctors will prescribe human milk
for the child. In a perfect world, all babies would receive breastmilk,
either from their mother or from a donor, and the artificial milk
industry would be very limited. Wouldn't it be wonderful if "formula"
were only available by prescription?
of Breastfeeding Medicine
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion,
protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation. Its
mission is to unite into one association members of the various
medical specialties with this common purpose.
Academy of Pediatrics
Not strictly a breastfeeding organization,
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) describes itself as "an
organization of 57,000 pediatric medical, surgical, and multidisciplinary
subspecialists committed to the attainment of optimal, physical,
mental, and social health for all children, adolescents, and young
Organizations That Support Breastfeeding
College of Nurse-Midwives
of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
States Breastfeeding Committee
World Health Organization