Below are several links to online resources. This can be handy when you are in a pinch or need some basic advice quickly. However, I encourage you to contact a professional, certified lactation consultant or counselor (first links in the list). Also, please let me know what organizations have helped you; I’d love to list them!
- Find an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
- Certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
- Find a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALC), or an Advance Nurse Lactation Consultant (ANLC)
- Certified by the The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (TALPP)
- Attend B.A.B.Y. Program (search the term “B.A.B.Y. Program” to see the class schedule and register)
- Led by an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), this support group for nursing mothers meets three times per week at Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael’s Campus.
- Find a Breastfeeding USA Counselor
- Trained by Breastfeeding USA
- Find a La Leche League Leader
- Trained by La Leche League
Additional Breastfeeding Organizations
- Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) – Resources for breastfeeding in the black community
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) – Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
- Baby-Friendly USA – Find a Baby Friendly Hospital to deliver your baby. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support breastfeeding in hospitals.
Mom-to-Mom groups and peer support
- Breastfeeding USA – Breastfeeding Counselors are volunteer moms who are trained to provide evidence-based information and support for breastfeeding moms. They also run local meetings, generally monthly
- La Leche League – Connecticut chapter – Offers support, encouragement, information, and education to women who want to breastfeed through local group meetings, led by La Leche League Leaders.
- Kelly Mom – This is a great place to visit when you are dealing with issues like a plugged duct, oversupply, nipple pain, biting, etc.
- Breastfeeding USA – Practical information on a wide range of topics
- La Leche League breastfeeding answers – Several topics organized by topic and also searchable
- A Better Balance – Connecticut laws on pregnancy, maternity leave and returning to work
Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition – a State-wide coalition working to promote and support breastfeeding as the norm for infant and child feeding in Connecticut. Includes legal answers
Facebook support groups (closed groups that offer mom-to-mom support)
Local to Connecticut
- CT Chapter of Breastfeeding USA – monitored and administered by Breastfeeding Counselors trained by Breastfeeding USA
- Badass Breastfeeders of CT
- Kelly Mom
- Working Pumping Moms
- Working Moms Who Make Breastfeeding Work
- Exclusive Pumping Mums
- Exclusive Pumping: Breastfeeding Without Nursing