Resources & Referrals
Below are a list of resources that we have compiled to provide you with support for all the things that have to do with becoming a new parent.
Low Milk Supply
The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk: Concerned about making enough milk for your baby? Wondering how to make more? Two lactation experts are here to help.
Separate fact from fiction with help from this comprehensive book about improving low milk supply. Written by two leading experts who have been there themselves and officially recommended by La Leche League International, The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk incorporates the latest research and discoveries about causes of low milk supply, the way your body makes milk, and how babies contribute to your milk production. Best of all, you'll find valuable suggestions for both time-honored and innovative ways to make more milk.
Learn the facts about:
Determining if baby is really getting enough milk
Supplementing without decreasing your supply
Maximizing the amount of milk you can make
Identifying the causes of your low supply
Increasing your supply with the most effective methods, including pumping, herbs, medications, foods, and alternative therapies
Making more milk when you return to work, exclusively pump, have a premie or multiples, re-lactate, or induce lactation
Low Milk Supply Info & Support: The purpose of the Low Milk Supply website is to provide information and support to mothers who are concerned about low milk production and to provide information to health care providers about evidence-based methods to increase milk production. It is also an online resource for healthcare providers who help mothers breastfeed.
Within this site, you'll find information about the causes and treatments of low milk production, as well as stories from women who have experienced low milk production.
Information can be very empowering, but it is also very helpful to have the personal support of other women who have low milk production. Please consider joining their forums to meet new friends and learn from their experience and wisdom.
At Home Support
Baby Blues Connection: The Mission of Baby Blues Connection is to provide support, information and resources to women and families coping with pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders and to the professionals who serve them.
BBC exists to support and educate all women and families at risk for postpartum and antepartum depression and anxiety. Our 24-hour warm line is the first step. We offer mom-to-mom and dad-to-dad support groups made up of women and men who have been through perinatal depression and anxiety themselves. This unique model allows new members to identify with others in various stages of recovery and treatment. Our support groups are strengthened as each member contributes to its existence and continuation. We provide information about the latest research and treatment of perinatal mood disorders to members and professionals alike. A current referral list of specialists in our area is available upon request.
As mothers and fathers who have experienced perinatal mood disorders, we are keenly aware of the lack of information and support available. Baby Blues Connection stands for this possibility…
Parents will feel heard, acknowledged and supported, and will have informed resources to turn to, so that postpartum distress is lessened or eliminated and parents do not feel alone or afraid.
Milk Donation Resources
Northwest Mothers Milk Bank: Northwest Mothers Milk Bank is a not-for-profit donor milk bank established in 2008. Our mission is based on the belief that every baby deserves access to human milk. We carry out this mission through the safe collection and distribution of human donor milk, education, advocacy, and research.
Founded by passionate and accomplished healthcare professionals who, through dedication and hard work, are increasing public knowledge and acceptance of donor milk use. Receiving both financial and in-kind support from local organizations and individuals since its inception in 2008, Northwest Mothers Milk Bank has grown into a thriving milk bank after opening its doors in 2013.
Northwest Mothers Milk Bank improves the health and survival of the Northwest’s most vulnerable babies. By collecting breastmilk from local donors, NWMMB pasteurizes the milk and distributes it to hospitals, babies, and families in communities across the Pacific Northwest.
Milkshare Forum: Milkshare is a parent-to-parent connection tool for those seeking milk and donating milk. It is an online forum for parents both in need of milk and those prepared to donate excess milk.
Research shows that human milk is the best food for human babies. Breastmilk can make a huge difference in the health of any baby because it provides perfect nutrition and numerous antibodies to help babies grow strong. Breastmilk donation may be your babies answer to better health. Receiving shared breastmilk is a low-cost option for parents who are willing to do more preparation and screening on their own. This option generally is best for mothers who are expecting full term babies and who have time to solicit, research, and screen potential donors during their pregnancy. Premature babies generally do best on milk that was made by a mother who gave birth prematurely, as breastmilk composition changes with age. If your baby was born premature and you are unable to produce milk, most insurance companies will cover the cost of milk from a National Milk Bank, though private milk donation can also be a source of milk.
Human Milk Bank Association: HMBANA advances the field of nonprofit milk banking through member accreditation, development of evidence-based best practices, and advocacy of breastfeeding and human lactation to ensure an ethically sourced and equitably distributed supply of donor human milk. HMBANA believes in a world where all infants have access to human milk through support of breastfeeding and use of pasteurized donor human milk.
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) mobilizes the healing power of donor milk by accrediting nonprofit milk banks in the US and Canada, and setting international guidelines for pasteurized donor human milk.
Our 27 members help mothers donate their extra breast milk for use by fragile infants as medicine. Our efforts ensure that the process is evidence-based and clinically sound. Together, we advocate for donor milk as a universal standard of care, regardless of ability to pay.
Eats on Feets: Eats on Feets is proud to be a leading resource for community based breastmilk sharing.
Community breastmilk sharing works because mothers, fathers, professionals, communities, caring citizens and people just like YOU are joining together to help ensure that babies have access to commerce-free breastmilk. Babies need breastmilk to maintain optimum health. Parents and professionals know this! Every day, women from around the world selflessly donate thousands of ounces of breastmilk directly to babies. With Eats On Feets, these donations are commerce-free, just as nature intended, and they are making a huge difference in the lives of babies and their families.
Human Milk for Human Babies: HM4HB is a network of mothers, fathers, adoptive families, grandparents, childbirth and breastfeeding professionals, volunteers, supporters, donors, and recipients that have come together to support the simple idea that all babies and children have the right to receive human milk.
The mission of Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global Network is to promote the nourishment of babies and children around the world with human milk. We are dedicated to fostering community between local families who have chosen to share breastmilk. We want milksharing and wet-nursing to be commonplace and babies to be fed at women’s breasts whenever and wherever they need it. We envision a future where families come together to raise this generation, and the next, by nourishing human babies everywhere with human milk and unconditional love.