If you need help with breastfeeding now, here are some
addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and hyperlinks. One (or
more) of these should lead you to an answer to your question, a
lay breastfeeding counselor, or a medical professional with expertise
in breastfeeding. Additionally we offer message
boards, including one with our resident
lactation consultant, and other resources
- Two lists of "Frequently Asked Questions" and answers about
breastfeeding are maintained by La
Leche League International and by the
Nursing Mothers Association of Australia. Visit those two
sites to see if your question has already been answered by the
leading experts on breastfeeding in the world.
- Concerns about medications in mother's milk? The estimable
Dr. Thomas Hale has a web
site with information about this issue, including a service
for getting up-to-date information about particular drugs and
ordering information for his book, "Medications in Mother's Milk".
Adoptive Breastfeeding Resource Website has information for
mothers who want to breastfeed an adopted baby.
- Thanks to ParentsPlace and Medela (a breastpump company), an
pamphlet on breastfeeding basics by pediatrician William Sears
and nurse, breastfeeding consultant, and childbirth educator Martha
Sears is available on the Web. It will answer most of your questions.
Another site with helpful information is "Where
to find help with breastfeeding."
- To find a professional lactation consultant anywhere in the
world, first try the medical facility where your baby was born,
and/or the medical professionals who assisted at the birth of
your baby. If they cannot help you, try the International
Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, which maintains a
geographic database of board-certified lactation consultants.
They can be reached at the following: e-mail: email@example.com,
phone: 703-560-7330, or fax: 703-560-7332
- La Leche League International has trained lay breastfeeding
counselors (La Leche League Leaders) available in most communities.
Instructions for finding a leader in your community are on the
web site. You can also call LLL at 847-519-7730 or,
toll-free in the United States only, at 1-800 LA LECHE Monday-Friday
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Central Time. You can also send an e-mail
to a La Leche League Leader using the form at this
address. They promise to answer within a week, so this
is not a means of getting an urgent question answered. Some local
La Leche League groups have put up their own web
- The National Childbirth Trust of the United Kingdom has trained
breastfeeding counselors available.
- Another organization that provides mother-to-mother support
in the U.S. is the Nursing
Mothers' Counsel, Inc., P.O. Box 50063, Palo Alto CA 94303.
Another site with information about the
Nursing Mothers' Counsel.
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