Prepare for breastfeeding

with expert support from April Rosenblum, IBCLC

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

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