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.