Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Breastfeeding Support Groups: The Stats on Why To Go

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2004, 76% of women who met with a breastfeeding counselor were still breastfeeding at 6 weeks postpartum, compared with 64% who talked to a counselor on the phone and 60% who did not contact a counselor at all. Merely offering breastfeeding counselors to women was not enough to increase breastfeeding rates. However, women who took advantage of counseling were, on average, successful at breastfeeding for a longer period of time.

There are a myriad of support options for nursing mothers, ranging from La Leche Leage meetings to groups held at baby boutiques to online message boards.

Below is my list of support group options in the Los Angeles area:

A Mother’s Haven15928 Ventura Blvd, Ste 116
Encino, CA 91436
Phone: (818)380.3111
Fridays, 10am-11:30am
$10, drop in

The Pump ConnectionPhone (818) 225-8822
Call for support group schedule

The Pump Station Santa Monica2415 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 998.1981
Tues.0 - 4 months,1pm
Wed.0 - 4 months,1pm
Sat. Working Moms, 9:30am
$15, drop in

The Pump Station WestlakeVillage Glen Plaza
2879 Agoura Rd.
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Phone: (805) 777.7179
Mon.0 - 4 months, 1pm
Tues.4 - 8 months, 1:30pm
$15, drop in

The Pump Station Hollywood1248 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90038
Phone: (323) 469.5300
Tues.0 - 4 months, 1pm
Thurs.0 - 4 months, 1pm
Wed.4 - 8 months, 1pm
$15, drop in

La Leche League of Burbank/GlendaleMeets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM
Incarnation Church, 1001 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

La Leche League of Hollywood/Silverlake AMMeets on the second Wednesday of every month from 10am-noon
Silverlake Recreation Center, 1850 West Silver Lake Drive

La Leche League of LLL of Hollywood Silverlake PM/CouplesMeets on the Last Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM
Offices of Dr. Paul Fleiss, 1824 Hillhurst, Hollywood

La Leche League of San Fernando Valley, California

La Leche League of Los Angeles
West L.A. Meeting:
Meets on the second Monday of each month from 10am to 11am
St. Bede's Church, downstairs church hall
3590 Grandview Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Santa Monica Morning Meeting:
Meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 10am to 11am
1119 Broadway, #D, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Santa Monica Evening Meeting:
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 8pm
Gan Israel Preschool, 1341 9th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

La Leche League of Pasadena, California

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