Breastfeeding Help

BreastfeedingThe following resources are designed to assist moms, residents, and health care professionals in supporting breastfeeding.

Help Lines: call for advice from a WIC breastfeeding counselor, during working hours. Please call the WIC office where you usually get WIC:

Telegraph: (510) 595-6470

Eastmont: (510) 577-7058

Hayward and Fremont: (510) 670-5061
Peer Counselors: We select WIC moms who loved their breastfeeding experience and train them to help others. Peer counselors teach classes, help WIC moms with breastfeeding concerns, and provide support over the phone and even in the hospital.

Lactation Specialists: Board certified lactation specialists with strong clinical experience are stationed at each WIC office. They counsel mothers and advise WIC staff. Most WIC dietitians and nutrition counselors have participated in intensive training in breastfeeding support.

Peer Counselors: We select WIC moms who loved their breastfeeding experience and train them to help others. Peer counselors teach classes, help WIC moms with breastfeeding concerns, and provide support over the phone and even in the hospital.
Our brochure on county wide breastfeeding services: Breastfeeding Services Information for Mothers
Breast pumps: WIC offers free manual and electric breast pumps for high-risk babies who must be separated from your baby, and for moms who are working and going to school. Ask your WIC counselor or call the helpline above.

Additional Resources for Moms/Families


Providers:
Alameda County Breastfeeding Referral Guide (2014) NEW: This guide provides clinical guidelines on appropriate infant weight gain, amount of milk needed per day to support proper growth, questions to ask to assess if baby is getting enough, and guidelines for referrals to Lactation Consultants and Health Care Providers. Over 50 local breastfeeding education and support services are listed, including location, cost, languages and services provided, and contact information.

Alameda County Breastfeeding Liaison: For providers, health care institutions and other community partners - Get assistance with staff training and policy development by contacting Jeanne Kettles, cell: (510) 393-9632, office: (510) 595-6424, Fax: (510) 595-6440, Email: Jeanne.Kettles@acgov.org
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