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.
The City offers services related to breastfeeding to:
- Parents who are breastfeeding (or thinking about it).
- Health care professionals working with pregnant or breastfeeding families.
- Child care programs.
- Shelters for mothers and for families.
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.
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