Better Together: Support Services for African-American Moms and Families During and After Pregnancy

Breastfeeding

Here is a list of breastfeeding resources and support services available for African-American women and families. If we’re missing a valuable resource, or you find a broken link, please let us know at contact@LABestBabies.org.

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BreastfeedLA provides families with resources to get informed, empowered, and educated about breastfeeding, including a resource directory with information on breastfeeding education services, perinatal support groups, pump rentals, one-on-one lactation counseling, and breastfeeding-friendly medical providers; information on local milk depots – milk collection sites for donated breast milk; breastfeeding brochures and factsheets, including information on breastfeeding and lactation rights.

Breastfeeding support groups at PHFE WIC Centers in L.A. County that provide a safe space for Black/African- American women to discuss life, health, and the unique breastfeeding challenges Black mothers face, all while breaking down barriers and fighting breastfeeding stigma.

Support groups are facilitated by Certified Lactation Educators at PHFE WIC Centers in Bellflower, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Norwalk, Pomona, and South Los Angeles.

A breastfeeding support group open to nursing mothers and those who support them in South and Central Los Angeles and inland parts of the South Bay.

Facilitated by a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and moderated by fellow nursing parents.

Provides midwifery care, doula support, lactation consulting, support groups for mothers and fathers and educational workshops, including prenatal classes on breastfeeding.

Provides a range of classes and services for people trying to conceive, expecting/pregnant families, new parents, and those who have experienced pregnancy loss or pregnancy termination. All classes and services are LGBTQ-friendly.

Their services for expecting families and those with newborns include doula referrals, coaching services, and a variety of educational classes that cover topics like baby care basics, baby massage, life-saving techniques, and infant feeding.

The center provides free workshops and healing and preventive health care services, including fatherhood/parenting workshops, prenatal classes and breastfeeding classes.

Mobile and Texting Apps

Unless otherwise noted, these apps are available free in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

  • Baby Breastfeeding Tracker (App Store | Google Play)
    Track when and how long the baby feeds, and get feeding reminders. Helps calculate how much the baby is eating.
  • MotherToBaby
    Text 855-999-3525 or call 866-626-6847 to get answers about safety of medications and more during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Free chat counseling service also available at MotherToBaby.org.
  • LatchME (App Store)
    Connects breastfeeding moms and includes videos and tips on latching and feeding positions.

Hosts breastfeeding classes and support groups, which give mothers, and those who support them, a safe and comfortable space to explore breastfeeding questions and discuss issues they face as Black women who want to breastfeed.


Other categories: After Pregnancy | During Pregnancy | Fatherhood | Family Planning | Support Groups | Parenting | Directories for Various Services | Social Media & Podcasts Download the PDF version of this guide

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