Breastfeeding Support

 

There is no question that breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. And it even has good health effects for moms. Some babies latch on right away and basically teach their grateful mothers how to nurse. Others need just a little help getting started--and some mother-baby pairs need a lot of assistance and support to get things going.

Below is a list of breastfeeding support resources in the Washington, DC area. If you know of others, please email me at s.messina03@gmail.com.

The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington
2141 K Street NW, Suite 203
(202) 293-5182
8:00-4:00 Monday-Friday

Excellent resource with certified lactation consultants who can meet one-on-one (for a fee) as well as in group settings (also for a fee). Nursing supplies, including pump rental, bra fitting/purchase, and more.

Breastfeeding Mom's Group: New Mom topics and concerns, including breastfeeding. Experienced maternal-infant nurse/lactation consultant facilitates the group discussions. Weekly prize drawing. Complimentary parking, baby weight check, refreshments, and resource information. Ongoing, Thursdays 10:30-12noon. For the convenience of new moms, no preregistration needed. $5/session.

NEW! Aimee Crane, Lic. CPM, IBCLC, 703-861-0090, aimeemidwife@gmail.com, www.BirthBlessings.com  Aimee became a La Leche League leader in 1996, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2002.  She teaches a prenatal breastfeeding class, and is available for consultations in the client's home (or at the hospital when desired), generally within 24 hours of contact (including on weekends).  


Holistic Mothering
703-854-1900
info@holisticmotheringgroup.com
Provides support for the entire family both before and after birth. Staff expertise includes board certified lactation consultants, birth instructors, infant massage, a Reiki master and much more!  It is their goal to help foster confidence in parents to trust their bodies and their babies. 

Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center
7 South Dayroom
3300 Gallows Rd, Falls Church
703-204-MILK (6455)
Debbie Tobin, RN BSN IBCLC LCCE
Breastfeeding Mom's Group Facilitator

La Leche League
La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, mother-to-mother support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. Accredited by La Leche League International, volunteer Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers who are familiar with research and current findings dealing with all aspects of nursing. We offer practical information and support to nursing mothers through telephone help, monthly meetings, and lending libraries of books on childbirth, breastfeeding, and related parenting topics. All breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend our meetings or call our Leaders for breastfeeding help. Visit website.
(202) 269-4444 -- HelpLine

Lactation Center at Alexandria Hospital
703-504-3000 (main hospital number, ask for Lactation Center)
Breastfeeding consultation, breast pump rental 703-504-7867

Northern Virginia Lactation Consultants
In Fairfax. 703-425-2229
From 10-3 by appointment only.
Breastfeeding consultation, pump rental, bra fittings, purchase of supplies.