If you are a new mother having trouble establishing breastfeeding, don’t feel discouraged. There’s help out there for you! Always check out your local hospital (or where you delivered) to access lactation consultants and breastfeeding help. In each country there are often many breastfeeding support groups and non-profit organizations providing resources and peer/professional support. Examples include the La Leche League (US and UK), National Childbirth Trust (NCT) in the UK, and the Association for Breastfeeding Advocacy (Singapore). In the United States, you may also be able to get lactation consultant help from a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) agency near you, and don’t forget to check out what may be available at the State level. For example, the Arizona Department of Health Services actually operates a 24 hour Breastfeeding helpline for breastfeeding questions.
Here are a few additional handy numbers and resources to take note of (by country):
- 24 hour Breastfeeding Helpline: 1-877-452-5324 (http://breastfeedinghelpline.com)
This is through La leche League (LLL) and is a toll-free number. If no one answers, leave a voice message. You can get connected to a local LLL leader and local LLL support group too.
- International Lactation Consultant Association (you can search for a lactation consultant near you): http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1
UNITED KINGDOM (there are lots of phone numbers!):
- National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0844 20 909 20
- Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0844 412 2949 (9.30 am -10:30pm)
- Breastfeeding Networks Supporterline: 0844 412 4664 (9.30 am – 9.30 pm)
- La Leche League Great Britain: 0845 120 2918 (24 hour line)
- Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group Breastfeeding Helpline: 6339-3558 (M-F 9am -8pm)(http://www.breastfeeding.org.sg/hotline.html)
- Joyful Parenting and Breastfeeding Helpline: 64880286 (Mon-Sat, 10.00am – 5.00pm)
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