Breastfeeding Support Groups

Below are recommendations for support groups and classes related to breastfeeding. Some of these are free, some are drop-in. Please check the websites in advance, as details may change.
 
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La Leche League of Park Slope + Windsor Terrace
Drop-in meetings
Free

All nursing people, little ones, and any person interested in breastfeeding are welcome at all meetings. Please check website on the morning of each meeting to confirm meeting time and location.

 

Bend and Bloom Yoga Lactation Support Clinic
Thursdays, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
$30/session

Bring your baby and your breastfeeding questions! International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Denise McDonald leads this weekly drop-in Breastfeeding Clinic via Zoom. Connect from the comfort of your home, ask questions, share concerns or celebrate the joys regarding breastfeeding. We will discuss everything from baby’s behavior at the breast, sore nipples, concerns for over supply or low supply, how to manage sleep (or lack there of) and many other wonderful topics surrounding breastfeeding.

 

Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Breastfeeding Support Group
Tuesdays, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Group meets VIRTUALLY for breastfeeding parents and their babies (up to 3 months old).

 

Latched BK Breastfeeding Support Group
Cocoa Grinder, Bay Ridge; check website for dates
$10

Latched BK is run by Nicole Fusco-Evans, Registered Nurse and Certified Lactation Counselor. Nicole hosts breastfeeding support groups locally in Bay Ridge, along with at home one-on-one consultations.

 

Breastfeeding and New Parent Support at Parent Craft
Tuesdays, 4-Week Series: 10:00am - 11:30am
By donation

A breastfeeding and newborn support group for new mothers, chestfeeding parents and their infants 0-4 months. Guidance by a Certified Lactation Counselor and peer support will be offered in a nurturing environment. Pearls of wisdom will be shared about breastfeeding tips and newborn care, as well as individual attention for your baby and your changing self weekly.

 

Molly's Lactation Counseling Thursday Lactation Support Group
Thursdays, 11:30am, via Zoom
Pay what you can, $0-$15

For parents, caregivers, little ones, expectant peoples, and anybody curious about lactation. This class provides a space to laugh and share about breastfeeding issues, concerns, and joys, with each other. No issue is too small, big, or weird. We will break it down and reflect on our experiences together. As a Certified Lactation Counselor, and breastfeeding mom, I'll provide some tools and techniques to make things more easeful.

 

The Wild Lactation Support Group (In-Person)
Fridays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
$40

Support groups are appropriate for many common lactation challenges or concerns including: assistance with latch and position, sore nipples, plugged ducts, being sure baby is getting enough, establishing a good milk supply, pumping, returning to work, etc. We utilize a sensitive scale to weigh babies before and after feeds to determine intake.

 

Birthsmarter Lactation (Not So) Basics
Virtual: $120
In-person at The Wild: $135
Check websites for dates

This is the class we wished we had before attempting to feed our babies!
We'll cover:

The secrets to getting a great latch (nursing does not have to be painful!)
Milk production and why the timing of feeds really matters (cluster feeds, growth spurts, etc)
How to know your baby is getting enough milk
Breast care and troubleshooting clogged ducts, mastitis, and thrush
Tongue ties + other possible complications
Pumping, hand expression, storage, and alternative feeding options
Changing patterns within the first 24 hours, first two weeks, and first few months
Ways partners can support the nursing parent
Oh, and a lot about the general awesomeness of breastmilk!

 

NYU Langone Breastfeeding Classes and Support

Virtual Breastfeeding Café
Free for mothers who delivered at NYU Langone; $15 for the general public
This online support group offers new mothers the opportunity to provide each other with encouragement and feedback on breastfeeding. The session is in a question-and-answer format. Registration for each session is required.

Breastfeeding Café Grande
Free for mothers who delivered at NYU Langone; $15 for the general public
This online group offers breastfeeding support and encouragement to mothers of babies 6 months of age and older.

 

Baby in the Family Breastfeeding Support Circle
Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
$10

For thousands of years, families have gathered to catch up (lime) and share a meal, all while breastfeeding their babies. Honoring this tradition, join the BitFam Breastfeeding Lime, a friendly online community providing evidence-based support to nursing families. Sign up by 12pm EST and join us while relaxing on your couch or bed, get some breastfeeding support, and make new, long-lasting friendships all while chit-chatting and exploring this delicious ancient activity! Every breastfeeding family has questions, so all are welcome to join our affordable Breastfeeding *Lime.

 

Boober Lactation Classes and Support Groups

Park Slope Friday Lactation Support Group [on hold as of February 2023]
Fridays, 10:00am - 11:30am at Premier Pediatrics
$25

In a relaxed setting, a certified Lactation Professional offers hands-on support, milk transfer assessment using a highly sensitive scale, and accurate information on breastfeeding/chestfeeding, bottlefeeding, pumping and more. Babies of all ages are welcome.

Live Online & In-Person Classes

Find the classes on the topics that matter most on your journey.
Filter classes by category and class to connect with a top-rated pregnancy to postpartum class catered to your needs. Childbirth classes are covered by most HSA, FSA and HRA plans.

 

The Parenting Studio Monday Morning Lactation Support Group [on hold as of February 2023]
Mondays, 9:30am - 11:00am
$35

We are pleased to offer our community access to IBCLC care in a group setting. This is perfect for the parent who might have had trouble with breast/chestfeeding over the weekend and needs some questions answered on Monday morning.

 

Other resources

Reviews for local Lactation Consultants on the PSP website

International Lactation Consultant Association

Lactation Consultants and Groups in the Tri-State Area


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