Breastfeeding is often promoted as the most perfect infant food and mothers are encouraged to choose breastfeeding because it is proven to have significant advantages for both mother and baby. Yet so many moms struggle with the decision of whether it is right for them. First thing moms need to know – whatever decision they make – they should be confident that they are making the best decision for them and their family.
For moms who are interested in breastfeeding, or need more support in their breastfeeding journey, the resources below can help you meet your breastfeeding goals.
CDC Breastfeeding Guidance – Please visit for advice for pregnant and breastfeeding women during the covid-19 pandemic.
Find county by county resources for the state of Pennsylvania in the state’s 2020 Breastfeeding Referral Guide.
Statewide and National Resources
The website below is part of The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) breastfeeding promotion and support campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to equip WIC moms with the information, resources and support they need to successfully breastfeed. Breastfeeding participants to get reliable BF information during every stage of their breastfeeding journey.
Breastfeeding Help Lines
PA WIC Breastfeeding Warm Line: 1-855-427-5666 M-F 8 am – 8 pm., Sat and Sun 9 am-1 pm
PA Department of Health Healthy Baby Line: 800-986-BABY or 800-986-2229
National Women’s Health Information Center: 800-994-9662 (peer counselors, M-F, 9 am – 6 pm)
Breast Pumps Retail
The baby section of local department stores and pharmacies may carry various brands of pumps. Choose wisely! Pump brands vary in quality and effectiveness. Call a local breastfeeding specialist for more information. NOTE: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers breast pumps single use devices, with the exception of FDA cleared, hospital-grade pumps, and recommends that pumps should only be used by one woman, because there is no way to guarantee the pump can be cleaned and disinfected between uses by different women.
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