Breast/Chestfeeding Education and Support
Please note, we recognize that many of these resources use gendered language. We have included them here because the information is important, and unfortunately, it is still hard to find many gender-inclusive resources. We hope to be part of the movement to make this change!
African American Breastfeeding Alliance of Dane County: Located in Madison, Wisconsin the AABA’s mission is to educate and empower African American women to make informed, individualized decisions regarding breast/chestfeeding.
Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Club: Primarily for breast/chestfeeders in the Detroit/metro-Detroit, MI area. This project created by the Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association to form a sisterhood for prenatal and postpartum mothers host free meetings and has a breast/chestfeeding hotline.
Black Women Do Breastfeed: Raising awareness about the lack of conversation around Black womxn and breast/chestfeeding, this program created an online space for Black womxn to share their stories.
Growing Up Healthy Hotline: A 24/7 hotline for all your healthcare needs––for New York State residents.
Ina May Gaskin: Ina May Gaskin, AKA the “mother of authentic midwifery,” is THAT midwife, with over 40 years of experience attending births, educating parents, and addressing health care systems. Her guide to breast/chestfeeding is great for first-time parents seeking valuable, genuine advice.
Mobile Milk: Mobile Milk is a free text messaging service that sends weekly prenatal and postpartum texts with tips, guidance, and support for breast/chestfeeding parents. The service is offered in English and Spanish, and all you have to do is text “MILK” to 877877.
National Association of Professional and Peerk Lactation Supporters of Color The NAPPLSC is devoted to supporting breast/chestfeeding parents and professionals of color. They provide webinars for non-members on various topics, such as supporting LGBTQ families and breast/chestfeeding with diabetes.
NYC Health: Information (in multiple languages!) about the first few days and weeks of breast/chestfeeding, including how to tell if your baby is hungry, milk is flowing, and if your tiny human is full!
Parenthood Plus: Informational videos such as how to cope with the new human in your life, and finding the right position and latch, for new breast/chestfeeding parents in English and Spanish.
Ready, Set, Baby: Educational materials for new parents and healthcare professionals about breast/chestfeeding in English, Spanish, Arabic, and French.
Stanford Medicine: Standford Medicine’s site includes five informational videos covering how to find the perfect latch, hand expressing, increasing milk production, and breast/chestfeeding immediately after your baby is born.
Verywellfamily: Dedicated to sharing pregnancy and parenting knowledge, you’ll find hundreds of articles (from every angle) on breast/chestfeeding.
Breast/Chestfeeding On The Go
CDC: A travel guide for breast/chestfeeding parents before departure, in a car or plane, transporting milk, and settling into a routine after a long vacay or stressful business trip.
La Leche Leauge: More tips on traveling with a newborn or infant.
BabyCenter: With 11 websites in several languages, and resources for parents across the globe, BabyCenter is a digital hub of information. Here’s their guide to pumping and feeding while traveling.
Birthing and Breast or Chestfeeding Trans People and Allies Facebook Group: A private network of trans folks and allies celebrating and supporting the experiences of transgender people breast/chestfeeding.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth: A research study conducted by Trevor MacDonald and colleagues about transmasculine individuals’ experiences with childbearing and feeding their newborn.
Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Surgeries: A website supporting those who have had breast/chest surgeries.
International Breastfeeding Centre: IBC has ample information on breast/chestfeeding, including breaking down the process of taking on breast/chestfeeding when you’ve adopted or had a surrogate born baby.
La Leche Leauge: An international non-profit providing education, advocacy, and leadership training for breast/chestfeeding. Their content is diverse and they share stories from their community. Here they provide information for non-binary and transgender parents.
Maia Midwifery & Fertility Primarily in Seattle, WA, and the San Francisco Bay area. LGBTQ+ community-based organization connecting individuals/families through classes and support groups. They offer info about inducing lactation, breast/chestfeeding, and ensuring milk supply.
Taking Medications While Breast/Chestfeeding
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: The go-to academic website for information about medication and breast/chestfeeding. They have numerous resources like protocols, a journal, and a podcast in over eight languages.
LactMed: A large database that allows users to search for the effects of any drug or medication on lactation, breastmilk, and the breastfed infant.
MotherToBaby: A non-profit organization dedicated to providing information about medications for those pregnant and breast/chestfeeding.
Nutrition While Breast/Chestfeeding
American Pregnancy Association: Here are a few unique Galactagogues (a fancy word for foods that promote milk production).
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: A quick and helpful resource for determining best practices for what you should eat and how it affects your baby while breast/chestfeeding.
Kellymom: Mother and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Kelly Bonyata’s great website includes a comprehensive look at nutrition while breast/chestfeeding. From herbs that decrease milk supply to when should you introduce solid food, Kelly’s got you.
Sanford Health: A compiled list of superfoods that can help with good nutrition, and increased milk production.
Verywellfamily: A great site with multiple articles on various foods to eat while breast/chestfeeding.
Partners Supporting Breast/Chestfeeding
*The language in these resources reflect cisgender, heterosexual relationships. However, the content is relevant for anyone wanting to support their breast/chestfeeding partner.
WIC Breastfeeding Support: The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Support campaign provides PDFs, articles, and videos in both English and Spanish for fathers wanting to support their breast/chestfeeding partner better.
BreastMilkCounts: Resource page created by the Texas WIC program equipped with great advice for dads throughout pregnancy, once the baby is born, and at home/work breast/chestfeeding.
Public Breast/Chestfeeding Rights
Babygate: A non-profit dedicated to breast/chestfeeding at work and knowing your breast/chestfeeding rights nationally, by state, and locally. They have a great guide about what to say to employers and a hotline to call if you have any probs.
BreastMilkCounts: A preparation guide for breast/chestfeeding parents returning to work, including tips on introducing bottle feeding, scheduling when to pump at work, and mentally preparing yourself for the transition.
Breastfeeding State Laws: All states have specific laws regarding public and private breast/chestfeeding. Check out the laws for your state here!
Office of Women’s Health: A list of resources which include a break down of breast/chestfeeding laws, locating private spaces for pumping, and information about specific work industries.
Pregnant@Work: Created by the Center for WorkLife Law, Pregnant@Work provides free services and advice to pregnant and breast/chestfeeding employers and employees.
Pumping and Milk Storage
BreastfeedingBasics: Mother and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Anne Smith offers personal information about pumping and answers common questions asked by parents!
CDC: Equipped with downloadable PDFs in English and Spanish, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides great visual guidelines for safe at home milk storage.
Consumer Reports: Aiming to create transparency between manufacturers and consumers, Consumer Reports helps buyers make informed decisions on various products, like breast pumps! Here is their guide to the current types of breast pumps on the market.
FDA: The FDA (aka the Food and Drug Administration) breaks down of the different types of breast pumps, how to clean them, where to buy or rent them, and how to avoid injury.
Human Milk Banking: The Human Milk Banking Association is dedicated to ensuring that all infants can be nourished by human milk and families receive the support they need. The organization provides a list of milk banks across the United States for parents to donate and receive milk.
Kellymom: Mother and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Kelly Bonyata’s great website includes a comprehensive look at breast/chestfeeding and parenting, including detailed information about milk storage.
La Leche League: La Leche League’s comprehensive website also includes a guide to pumping breast milk.
MayoClinic This non-profit medical organization dedicated to research, education, and healthcare also offers a list of “do’s and don’ts” for breastmilk storage.
Office of Women’s Health: The US Gov’s official page dedicated to all things related to pregnancy, milk storage, and pumping at work or home. They also have a convenient hotline for urgent questions!
Wirecutter: Can’t decide on which breast pump to buy? No worries! Wirecutter (a New York Times Co) is here to help. Scientific journalist Katie Peek tested and reviewed eight different pumps each at different price points, backing her decisions with the help of lactation professionals.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: In 11 different languages, this is La Leche League’s world-renowned guide to breast/chestfeeding which includes advice from breast/chestfeeding parents, and tips for milk production and storage.
Pain and Discomfort While Breast/Chestfeeding
March of Dimes: A go-to guide on if you’re experiencing pain and discomfort while breastfeeding, from sore nipples to mastitis.
Office of Women’s Health: Here the Office of Women’s Health lists common breast/chestfeeding challenges and provides simple solutions!
International Breastfeeding Centre: From blocked ducts mastitis, to finger and cup feeding, IBC has ample information for when breast/chestfeeding gets tough. Blogs in over ten languages.
Compiled by: Kayla Bert
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