Information Resources

Breastfeeding Community Resources

The following is a list of New York organizations that offer breastfeeding information, workshops, and support groups.  Please visit each organization’s website for more detailed information. Columbia University has no affiliation with these organizations; the links below are for information purposes only. 

  • Choices in Childbirth: A New York City-based consumer advocacy group that educates the public about women's rights and options for childbirth.  Choices in Childbirth offers "the New York Guide to a Healthy Birth" at no cost, which provides a comprehensive listing of childbirth-related and breastfeeding service providers in New York. This group also offers workshops on giving birth and breastfeeding. 
  • JCC Manhattan: The JCC Manhattan offers a wide variety of programs for parents and expectant parents, including a breastfeeding support group led by a certified lactation consultant.   Additional programs topics include CPR, caring for a newborn, how to adopt, and cooking healthy foods. Please visit the website for a complete listing of programs, workshops, and support groups.
  • La Leche League: An international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to the series of informal discussion meetings or call the Leaders for breastfeeding help. In addition to the series meetings, the League offers special meetings for working mothers, and mothers of twins, and toddlers. Children of all ages are welcome.
  • Medela Recyles:  Allows mothers to recycle their Medela electric pumps.  Each pump received through Medela Recycles supports the donation of new hospital-grade, multi-use breastpumps and supplies to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®).
  • New York Lactation Consultant Association: The New York Lactation Consultant Association provides a searchable database of breastfeeding support groups and individual lactation consultants in the New York area.
  • The Upper Breast Side: The Upper Breast Side sells breast pumps, pump accessories, nursing clothing, nursing bras, and guide books.  It also has pumps available for rent.  You can also come in to test pumps, get a consultation, and receive instructions on how to use the equipment.
  • Yummy Mummy: This store on the Upper East Side sells breast pumps, accessories, clothing, and more.  It also offers breastfeeding information, classes, and support groups, including a breastfeeding group led by a registered lactation consultant.
  • 92nd Street Y-First Steps Program: First Steps is a New York City based, comprehensive program for parents to be, including breastfeeding information and support. This organization offers a breastfeeding support group to meet with other parents, babies and a lactation specialist.  Breastfeeding workshops are also offered by 92Y.  Please visit the 92Y website for details about cost, meeting times, and locations.  
Federal Program
  • WIC Program – Woman, Infants, Children: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children up to age five. Some of their support services include breastfeeding peer counselors, information, tips/advice on breastfeeding, and access to breast pumps. Visit the New York State Department of Health website for more information on eligibility for the WIC Program.

Childbirth and Parenting Resources

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Information and recommendations about breastfeeding, advocacy materials, and more.
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives: The professional association which represents certified midwives and nurse-midwives in the United States.
  • American Pregnancy Association: Information on becoming pregnant, common questions surrounding pregnancy, labor and delivery, childbirth education, infertility, and more.
  • Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth (ASAC): created to encourage alternatives to the technological approach in the hospital, at home, in a birthing centre and with professional care givers of their choice. 
  • Breastfeeding Bill of Rights: Available for print in several languages through the New York State Department of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The CDC breastfeeding recommendations site has information on the optimal temperature for storing breast milk, travel guides, and nutrition/vaccination information. 
  • "Childbirth." JAMA Patient Page: Definitions of common terms relating to pregnancy, delivery and anesthesia.
  • Childbirth and Post-partum Professional Association (CAPPA): comprehensive pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum organization of those caring for women before, during, and after birth through education and support.
  • Childbirth Connection: a not-for-profit organization that has worked to improve maternity care for mothers, babies and families since 1918. Promotes "safe, effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care" to help you maintain the health of you and your baby.
  • Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York: a nonprofit organization of childbirth professionals and consumer advocates committed to family-centered maternity care.
  • Choices in Childbirth: A New York City-based consumer advocacy group that educates the public about women's rights and options in childbirth. Explore The Guide to a Healthy Birth online, national, fully searchable database of mother-friendly providers.
  • DONA International: an international doula associatio which offers certification programs, workshops, and informational resources.
  • Long Island Doula Association: Local association of women who provide emotional support, physical comfort, and advocacy during labor.
  • Medline Plus "Childbirth": definition of terms and explanation of the process.
  • United Health Care Healthy Pregnancy ProgramThe United Health Care Healthy Pregnancy Program (HPP) is a maternity wellness program available to Columbia employees enrolled in a UHC insurance plan. Providing members with personalized support and education throughout pregnancy, UHC HPP benefits include 24-hour access to obstetrics nurses, clinical assessment of individual needs and maternal risks, and pregnancy and childbirth educational materials and resources.  To enroll, call a nurse advocate at 1-800-232-9357 or for more information visit
  • Your Guide to Breastfeeding: This publication is published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health.  It offers breastfeeding iinformation, advice, tips and more.
  • Lisa Belkin writes about everything parenting-related, including homework, sex, baby sitters and the work-family balance on the NY Times blog, The Motherlode

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