Volunteer Breastfeeding Counselors

If you cannot pay for a lactation consult, or if you want advice over the phone without seeing someone in person, you can try a phone helpline. Breastfeeding suport groups (see left) are also an excellent place to get tips and advice.

Be aware that breastfeeding issues can sometimes be serious, and it may be difficult for someone to get a full picture of your situation without seeing you. If this is a medical emergency you should contact a doctor immediately, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room.

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WIC offices in Philadelphia
Many pregnant women and moms can get help from WIC (Women, Infants & Children). WIC offices in Philadelphia do have some staff available to give in-person help to breastfeeding moms. You may need to ask about which office to go to and whether you need an appointment. The main number for WIC is 215-978-6100. www.northwic.org

National Breastfeeding Helpline
1-800-994-9662
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., EST. (closed on federal holidays)
http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/

Nursing Mothers Advisory Council
215-572-8044
A voicemail for non-urgent questions, staffed by volunteers who call you back. The NMAC serves parts of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

La Leche League national helpline
1-877-4-LA-LECHE (877-452-5324)
Staffed by experienced volunteers during the day, or leave a voicemail at other times.

La Leche League Philadelphia helpline
1-610-666-0359

Breastfeeding Support Groups

Although these groups are sponsored by different organizations, hospitals, etc., they are open to ALL moms. They are often run by a board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) who is there to answer questions if needed.

Breastfeeding support groups are vital to your success in nursing, and to your sanity as a new mother! If the first one you go to doesn't feel like a good match for you, keep trying others until you find one that you like.

West Philadelphia
The breastfeeding support group started by The Birth Center at Bryn Mawr (Patty Siegrist, IBCLC) meets at Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Avenue, every other Wednesday, 10am-12pm. Be prepared for stairs. Call for exact dates: 610-525-6106.

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania runs a group on the last Thursday of each month - 12 noon - 2 pm in the Silverstein 8 Conference Room. HUP is at 34th & Spruce. For more info: 215-662-2361


Center City
Pennsylvania Hospital's weekly breastfeeding support group is every Monday (except federal holidays), 12:30-2pm, at the Hall-Mercer Building, 245 S. 8th Street.

South Philadelphia / Center City
La Leche League meetings are currently held on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in the meeting room at Essene Natural Foods Market at 719 S. 4th Street in Center City Philadelphia.

Main Line
The Birth Center's breastfeeding support group meets in Rosement every other Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am at Rosemont Plaza, 1062 E. Lancaster Ave., Room 20. Call Patty Siegrist, IBCLC for exact dates: 610-525-6106.