It’s World Breastfeeding Week! You will probably see breastfeeding content from all around the world Aug 1–7. This year, Dallas Moms wants you to know where you can go for breastfeeding support.
There is no doubt that breastfeeding is a wonderful experience, but sometimes there are bumps in the road which make it challenging to continue on. Finding the right breastfeeding support is often difficult. In Dallas, we have a ton of resources available. I want to highlight these resources for you in the case that you want to reach out for help.
When to Get Breastfeeding Support
- You are pregnant and want to know more about breastfeeding
- Baby does not seem to be getting enough to eat
- Baby is not gaining weight
- Latching is painful
- Damaged nipples
- Unwanted need to supplement
- Nighttime feeding concerns
- Pumping challenges
- Needing overall confidence
IBCLCs: What Are They?
We are so lucky to have several IBCLCs in Dallas and surrounding areas. What is an IBCLC? They are Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants, the gold standard of lactation care. They have been through clinical hours, trainings, college courses, and more to reach this credential.
The easiest way to find an IBCLC near you is to Google your zip code + IBCLC. There are also some online directories, but those oftentimes only contain paying members of organizations like USLCA and ILCA. Check out a local list below:
Some IBCLCs take insurance, while others will help you get reimbursed from your insurance company. If you want to check if your insurance covers, message an IBCLC or click here to see if you are covered with The Lactation Network.
Other Lactation Professionals & How They Can Help
There are other credentials that people can qualify to help with breastfeeding. Some of these include Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs), Certified Breastfeeding Specialists (CBSs), and Certified Lactation Educators (CLEs). Some midwives and doulas also have breastfeeding training. While they may not be able to support the more complicated breastfeeding situations, they can help with basics like positioning and latch, understanding your milk supply, pumping, and more.
How to Find the Best Free Breastfeeding Support
Their North Dallas Chapter meets virtually for support, and they also have a Facebook group where they post events.
La Leche League
Dallas has its own La Leche League group and a Facebook page. Some surrounding areas also have their own Facebook pages.
If you qualify for WIC, you can get tons of breastfeeding support as well as help with food to support your appetite. Check out the Texas WIC page here.
Online Breastfeeding Support: Sifting Through the Good and the Bad
While Google can give us a wealth of knowledge, it’s best to pare down to more evidence- based information. Some local Facebook groups can be helpful for general support, but for anything complex or individualized, getting help from a pro is the best way to go.
Bottom line is that breastfeeding support is out there and readily available! Don’t hesitate to reach out for help.