Breastmilk is the best food for babies for the first six months of life. Many mothers want to breastfeed and need support, and other mothers want to breastfeed but are not able.

Our mission is to support and empower mothers and families to feel comfortable feeding, bonding, and comforting their newborn anywhere in Philadelphia.

We share breastfeeding tips, ways family and friends can provide support, and resources.

Breastfeeding

A mother and her baby learn to breastfeed together. It can take time for breastfeeding to become easy. Family, friends, care providers and breastfeeding consultants/counselors can help. 

Here are a few ways to start and keep breastfeeding:

When you are pregnant:

  • Learn how breastfeeding is good for your health and your baby’s health
  • Tell your family and friends that you plan to breastfeed and ask for their help
  • Tell your care team that you plan to breastfeed and ask for their help

After you deliver your baby:

  • Remind the nurses and doctors that you want to breastfeed your baby
  • Hold your baby skin-to-skin and start breastfeeding
  • Ask your family or a friend to stay with you in the hospital
  • Ask your care team to show you how to make it easier for your baby to latch on
  • Breastfeed as soon as your baby tells you they are hungry
  • Babies let you know when they are hungry by searching for your breast with their mouth, making sucking movements and noises, or sucking on their hands
  • When you are not sure what the baby wants, try breastfeeding
  • Ask how you can remove some milk in case your breasts become very full

Your first week home:

  • Visit your baby’s pediatric provider in 2 to 3 days
  • Your baby will want to breastfeed 8 to 12 times in 24 hours
  • 5 – 6 wet diapers in 24 hours will let you know that your baby is getting enough breastmilk
  • Place your baby’s crib or Pack ‘N Play next to your bed so you can share a room, but not your bed
  • Breastfeeding gives your baby food, drink, and comfort
  • The longer you breastfeed, the better it is for youand your baby
  • It may take time for breastfeeding to become easy, so be kind to yourself and patient with your baby
  • Ask for support from family, friends, and care provider

How family and friends can support new mothers

Fathers, partners, and family can be involved too. Here are a few ways to show support:

  • Be encouraging
  • Learn more about breastfeeding
  • Help the mother during the night by getting the baby changed and placing the baby back in their crib or Pack ‘n Play after feeding
  • Make sure that the mother has enough to drink
  • Help the mother get enough rest
  • Help around the house
  • Take care of other children who are at home
  • Provide support and reassurance if a mother wants to breastfeed, but is not able. Visit KidsHealth’s Formula Feeding Getting Started

Are you a Healthcare Provider?
Request Print Materials for Your Office:

Request postcards, provider cards, and posters in both English and Spanish

Resources for Families:

Free Breastfeeding Help at Philadelphia Health Centers:

  • Free, in-person help from experienced breastfeeding coaches at City health centers and other contracted agencies.
  • Free, in-person help for families that live in North, Northwest or Northeast Philadelphia with children under 6 months old.
  • Breastfeeding and Office of Women’s health HELPLINE: 1-800-994-9662 available from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday.

New mothers sometimes need help learning how to breastfeed their new baby. Certified lactation counselors provide free, private, one‐on‐one support at the health centers below:

  • Health Center 9

  • 131 East Chelten Avenue
  • Thursdays (1st and 3rd), 8:30 am – 12 pm
  • Galissa Jones, CLC (1st )
  • Ta’Hirah Williams, CLC (3rd)
  • Congreso

  • 216 West Somerset Street
  • Mon., Wed., & Fri., 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Ana Tapia, CBC
  • Bilingual family support group on the 3rd Wednesday

Want to find out more before you visit a health center? Call one of the breastfeeding counselors to see how they can help you:

Resources for Organizations:

Additional Information:

Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health
1101 Market St. 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-685-5225