The City provides one-on-one support for nursing mothers as well as education, training, and support for health care providers who work with pregnant or nursing mothers.
Deciding to breastfeed is an important health choice. As a mother, one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby is to breastfeed.
Human milk is food and it protects mothers and babies from disease. The US Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that babies be fed only with human milk for the first six months of life and continue to receive human milk for at least a year.
Breastfeeding should continue with the gradual introduction of solid foods for at least the first year of life, and then for as long as mother and baby find the relationship rewarding.
If you are breastfeeding
If you are struggling to breastfeed or have any other questions about breastfeeding, you can get free in-person help from certified, experienced breastfeeding coaches at City health centers.
|Facility Name||Address||Lactation Counselor||Lactation Counseling Hours|
|Health Center 2||1700 S. Broad St., Unit 201||Marlene Gawarkiewicz, IBCLC||Tuesdays (1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th) 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
|Health Center 3||555 S. 43rd St.||Ta’Hirah Williams, CLC||Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.|
|Health Center 4||4400 Haverford Ave.||Galissa Jones, CLC||Mondays (2nd and 4th) 9 a.m.–2 p.m.|
|Health Center 5||1900 N. 20th St.||Ta’Hirah Williams, CLC||Mondays 9 a.m.–noon|
|Health Center 6||321 W Girard Ave.||Ana Tapia, CBC||Tuesdays 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.|
|Health Center 9||131 E. Chelten Ave.||Galissa Jones, CLC
Ta’Hirah Williams, CLC
|Thursdays (1st and 3rd) 8:30 a.m.–noon|
|Health Center 10||2230 Cottman Ave.||Ana Tapia, CBC||Thursdays 8:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.|
|Strawberry Mansion Health Center||2840 Dauphin St.||Marlene Gawarkiewicz, IBCLC||Wednesdays 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.|
|Congreso||216 W. Somerset St.||Ana Tapia, CBC||Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursdays 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
If you are a health care worker
The City sponsors two breastfeeding courses for health care workers:
- A three-day (20-hour) interdisciplinary breastfeeding management course
- A nine-week Breastfeeding Basics course for community workers (three hours per week)
- Get STD testing and treatment
- Philly Loves Breastfeeding
- Maternity Care Coalition
- National Office on Women’s Health
- Philadelphia WIC Offices
- Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
- Centers for Disease Control
- Keystone 10 Initiative
(PA Department of Health quality improvement breastfeeding initiative)
- La Leche League
- Nursing Mother’s Advisory Council