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La Leche League
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.

International 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.

Human 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?

Academy 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.

American 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 adults."

Other Organizations That Support Breastfeeding

American College of Nurse-Midwives
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Dietetic Association
Australian Breastfeeding Association
National Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
United States Breastfeeding Committee
Wellstart International
World Health Organization


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