How to Find a Breastfeeding Support Group

Help locating a breastfeeding group in your region:

Breastfeeding support groups give mothers an outlet to discuss their successes, techniques and problems. Today, breastfeeding support groups can be found in all areas of the U.S.

  1. Ask your lactation consultant. Most hospitals now assign a breastfeeding specialist to new mothers. In addition to offering guidance and information about breastfeeding, this consultant should be able to direct you to a support group in your community

  2. Talk to other breastfeeding mothers. If you have a friend or relative who is breastfeeding, find out if they have attended a support group. Knowing someone else within the group will make you feel more comfortable as well.

  3. Search the Internet for breastfeeding support groups. A number of parenting websites feature web-based support groups for those who do not have other options in their community. Although this type of connection may not be as personal, online breastfeeding support groups provide friendship, advice and valuable information.

  4. Call your obstetrician or pediatrician. These medical professionals are well-connected in the breastfeeding community. They will know of a local breastfeeding support group.

  5. Contact La Leche League. This non-profit organization operates a comprehensive website with forums, breastfeeding resources and local community support.

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