Breastfeeding resources for Northeast Florida moms

Proponents of breastfeeding all agree: Breastmilk is the best milk.

Breastmilk is designed by the body to provide the nutrients a baby needs based on age and feeding habits. It’s easier to digest and scientific data shows breastfeeding your baby can provide them with important antibodies that prevent illnesses and adult- and childhood obesity.

Breastfeeding benefits mom too. Many breastfeeding moms lose their baby weight faster and it lowers their risk for certain diseases like postpartum depression, type 2 diabetes and breast cancer.

Your delivering hospital: Lactation consultants typically are available upon request at the hospital where you delivered your baby. They can provide helpful tips and assist with any problems. Ask your doctor or hospital for more information. 

La Leche League — Northeast Florida: The mission of La Leche League International is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and the mother.

Getting Started with Breastfeeding: Helpful tips and videos from Stanford University.

WIC: Your local WIC office can provide counseling, breastfeeding educational materials, follow-up support through peer counselors and pumping supplies. See if you are eligible based on the income guidelines. Contact your local health department for more information.

National Breastfeeding Helpline: Call 1.800.994.9662 for phone assistance from a trained breastfeeding peer counselors, who can can help answer common breastfeeding questions. This service is available in both English and Spanish.