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Seattle-based breastfeeding resources for new parents



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It’s easy to idealize breastfeeding as a natural, and therefore easy, undertaking. The reality is that breastfeeding is a learning process for both mom and baby, and it takes time and patience to get it just right. A bad habit, like a poor latch, is very hard to break, causing pain for mom and frustration for both mom and baby. For breastfeeding success, get adequate support from day one. Attend breastfeeding classes before your baby arrives, and take the time now to check out the number and whereabouts of your local La Leche League breastfeeding support group. Make an appointment with a lactation consultant within the first few days of nursing. If you are in the hospital, get a lactation consultation — if they don't offer one, ask for one. If you are at home, you can get support from a private practice consultant. Some pediatric clinics in the area also offer breastfeeding support.

 

La Leche League Support Groups meet in King County. To find one near you, go to lllofwa.org

 

Public Health: Seattle & King County offers a useful list of breastfeeding support resources and contacts in King County. Go here to check out their resources.

 

Your hospital also is likely to have a breastfeeding hotline, so be sure you get the number before you’re discharged.

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