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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. It's best to consult with a professional with 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
    www.bacc-nmc.org
    24 hours/FREE! Telephone counseling for breastfeeding help
    617-244-5102
    Breastfeeding Support Group 1st Friday of the month - 4 Ocean St Beverly, MA (St. Peter's Church, rear entrance)

  • ZipMilk.org
    Find knowledgeable people in your zip code area that can help answer your breastfeeding questions.
    www.zipmilk.org

  • La Leche League
    Information and support for pregnant and breast-feeding women. To find a La Leche League Leader or group meeting go to:
    http://www.lllusa.org/locator/massachusetts/

  • Kathy Abbott, IBCLC
    Breastfeeding consultations and support in the home, also help with going back to work and breastfeeding.,
    www.busymomsbreastfeed.com
    978-922-4289 or 978-648-4186

  • Brooke Rogers
    Postpartum Doula & Lactation Educator
    978-239-2787
    www.LittleWondersDoula.com

  • Robin Snyder-Drummond, CCE CD(DONA) IBCLC
    Calm and consistent guidance before, during and after childbirth.
    Prenatal classes, home visits, workshops.
    www.birthready.com
    617-435-0693

  • Amy Urbani, PCD(DONA)
    Certified postpartum doula, support in the home.
    617-755-7190
    amy@about2b.com

  • 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.
    Click here for Brochure

  • For more information:
    Medications and Mothers' Milk: Thomas Hale,PhD Hale Publishing 2008
    Depression in New Mothers Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC Haworth Press, 2003
    Hidden Feelings of Motherhood Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC Hale Publishing 2005

If you are a local provider and would like to add your name to this resource list, please contact us for more information.

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It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience. The initial scope of this Task Force is the North Shore United Way community, including the following towns: Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.