Breastfeeding Support – Support is critical to breastfeeding success. Surrounding yourself with positivity and those who want you to succeed will put you in the best position to meet and exceed your breastfeeding goals. The following are great sources of support on your breastfeeding journey:
- Breastfeeding USA-Chicago North Suburbs Chapter – Melissa recently co-founded the Breastfeeding USA-Chicago North Suburbs Chapter which meets monthly at the Deerfield Public Library. Breastfeeding mothers are encouraged to attend to support and learn from one another.
- Chicago Breastfeeding Collective – Over 30,000 breastfeeding moms throughout the Chicago area are members of the Chicago Breastfeeding Collective Facebook group. These mothers provide a tremendous amount of support to each other. Melissa is one of approximately 25 breastfeeding professionals that are Moderators for the group.
- La Leche League – La Leche League’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
Lactation Education – The following are some resources to educate yourself on breastfeeding:
- Breastfeeding USA – The mission of Breastfeeding USA is to provide evidence-based breastfeeding information and support, and to promote breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm. Breastfeeding USA’s website has an extraordinary amount of information.
- Kelly Mom – Kelly Mom is a website that has quickly become a leading resource of evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting.
- World Health Organization (WHO) – The WHO recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. The World Health Organization’s website provides a variety of general and technical information regarding breastfeeding.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidelines and recommendations for certain breastfeeding topics, as well as data regarding breastfeeding practices and methods of support.
- United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) – The USBC is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 50 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations that share a common mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. The USBC’s website provides a wealth of information to assist breastfeeding families and also avenues for those who want to get involved in pushing policy in support of normalizing breastfeeding.
Baby-Friendly Hospitals – Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) is responsible for coordinating and conducting all activities necessary to confer the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation on birthing centers and to ensure the widespread adoption of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. Click this link to find a Baby-Friendly hospital near you.
Specific Resources – The following topics often come up with clients:
- Proper Handling and Storage of Milk – This link provides the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines and recommendations to maintain the high quality of expressed breast milk and the health of the baby.
- Rights for Working Mothers – The United States Department of Labor’s website contains information on the rights of nursing mothers to take breaks to express milk and have access to a lactation room, including the rights provided by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
North Shore Lactation is proud to help families across the North and Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, including Arlington Heights, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Northfield, Riverwoods, Skokie, Vernon Hills, Wheeling, Wilmette and Winnetka.