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It has been proven, except in rare cases, that breast milk is the healthiest food for your baby. It contains immune factors that help protect against disease and the perfect ratio of water, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals that your baby needs at any particular time.

Although breast milk is the food Mother Nature intended for your baby, many women need help learning the art of breastfeeding. A host of setbacks including engorgement, sore nipples, poor positioning, inverted nipples, or an early delivery, can frustrate a new mother into sterilizing her first bottle. Have hope though, nearly all breastfeeding problems can be worked through. If you have questions or problems, call one of the lactation consultants listed below.


Local Breastfeeding Consultants

Organization Description Contact Info
Isis Isis provides a home for prenatal and postpartum classes, including breastfeeding, as well as a place for expecting and new mothers to meet each other and professionals in a warm and nurturing environment. Two Brookline Place, Brookline
(617) 264-4747
Pat Mitchell coordinates childbirth education at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Find both a breastfeeding class and support group for new breastfeeding mothers. 736 Cambridge St.
(617) 562-7095
Beth Isreal Offers a basic breastfeeding course, as well as a support group for new mothers having trouble with breastfeeding. (800) 667-5356
BACE is an organization that certifies child birth educators and offers professional training for breastfeeding support. Call to find a breastfeeding counselor or consultant in your neighborhood. They also offer breast pump rentals and sales. (617) 244-5102
Private home health agency that provides postpartum and lactation services to mothers and babies. Postpartum services include day, evening and overnight assistance by experienced health professionals. (781) 690-6776
The program at Boston Medical Center covers all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, from conception through delivery and postpartum, including a breastfeeding class. There are two sessions: a six-week session on Tuesday nights and a five-week session on Friday afternoons. One Boston Medical Center Place
(617) 414-MILK
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates This center offers a two-hour breastfeeding class for $40, or $25 if you get your prenatal care at HVMA. The class covers how to prepare, get started and troubleshoot breastfeeding problems, as well as family issues related to breastfeeding and how to breastfeed when returning to work. 1 (877) 439-5465
La Leche League International nonprofit group that provides education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. La Leche runs monthly meetings in various locations throughout the city to discuss breastfeeding and answer questions. They also have a telephone help service and publish the popular "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding." The web site provides information on breastfeeding, including "Frequently Asked Questions," and you can also submit a specific question and they will get back to you. A breastfeeding conference for the Massachusetts area is held in the spring. Visit the web site for more detailed information. 28 Willow St., Boston
617) 983-0495
The parent education program at NEMC offers a breastfeeding basics course that covers how and why to breastfeed, as well as how to troubleshoot certain problems. 750 Washington St., Boston
(617) 636-4214
Offers postpartum and newborn support including assistance with breastfeeding. 17 Kensington Circle, Boston
(781) 693-5668
(617) 512-2332 cell
Home Visits Greater Boston
(617) 661-0330
Sostek Homecare has provided newborn care to new mothers for nearly 40 years. Find trained baby-nurse professionals who offer overnight or 24-hour live-in and postpartum care, as well as breastfeeding support. 379 Elliot Street, Newton.
(617) 244-8560
Sostek Homecare has provided newborn care to new mothers for nearly 40 years. Find trained baby-nurse professionals who offer overnight or 24-hour live-in and postpartum care, as well as breastfeeding support. 379 Elliot Street, Newton.
(617) 244-8560
Stork Ready This two hour class is designed for the woman that wants to breast feed as well as the woman that is undecided. Discussions will include, storing breast milk, breast pumps, and weaning. The focus is on preparing the new mother to have a successful experience. Partners are encouraged to attend. (978) 500-5081


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