Resources - Breastfeeding Support
Like all mothers, the breastfeeding mother who is
experiencing postpartum depression needs support. Indeed,
when breastfeeding is going well, mothers feel better. For women
who planned to breastfeed but found it difficult, this
can be upsetting. Timely support is key.
Mothers who require anti-depressant medication are
often told to wean. This may be unnecessary, and certainly sudden
weaning is in itself a risk partly due to the dramatic change in
hormones. Many anitdepressants are compatible with breastfeeding.
with a professional
specific breastfeeding training, such as an International Board Certified
Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Thomas Hale's book "Medication and
Mothers' MIlk" (updated biannually) is an excellent resource for
information. Whether your concern is breastfeeding, postpartum depression
or both, timely support is crucial. The following is a list of resources
by phone, in person or on-line.
- Nursing Mothers Council
24 hours/FREE! Telephone counseling for breastfeeding help
Breastfeeding Support Group 1st Friday of the month - 4 Ocean St Beverly, MA (St. Peter's Church, rear entrance)
Find knowledgeable people in your zip code area that can help answer your
- La Leche League
Information and support for pregnant and breast-feeding women. To find a La Leche League Leader or group meeting go to:
- Kathy Abbott, IBCLC
Breastfeeding consultations and support in the home, also help with going back to work and breastfeeding.,
978-922-4289 or 978-648-4186
- Brooke Rogers
Postpartum Doula & Lactation Educator
- Robin Snyder-Drummond, CCE CD(DONA) IBCLC
Calm and consistent guidance before, during and after childbirth.
Prenatal classes, home visits, workshops.
- Amy Urbani, PCD(DONA)
Certified postpartum doula, support in the home.
- Breastfeeding Support Group
MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, 57 Highland Avenue, Salem
Lynch Conference Room
Meets every Friday from 9-11 a.m.
Free, No registration required.
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- For more information:
Medications and Mothers' Milk: Thomas Hale,PhD Hale Publishing 2008
Depression in New Mothers Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC Haworth Press,
Hidden Feelings of Motherhood Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC Hale Publishing
If you are a local provider and would like to add your name to this resource list, please contact us for more information.