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Nursing, Simplified

Local resources for breastfeeding moms


World Breastfeeding Week seems the ideal time to let our nursing moms in on the best local places to find gear and guidance.

Gear: Lactation Care (25 Fisher Ave., Newton; 617.244.5593) has a huge online selection of Medela and Ameda pumps, storage, scales, bras, and more. They also offer 90-minute private consultations on site ($150).

Lactation Help: Run by two labor and delivery nurses, Boston NAPS offers in-home lactation counseling, breastfeeding support, and pumping help. They'll even clean your pumps and bottles.

Managing Multiples: Nutritionist and lactation consultant Melanie Venuti counsels tandem nursers through classes at BabyCakes and the Little Lovage Club as well as private home visits ($225).

Acupuncture: The Back Bay's OMBE Integrative Health Center (551 Boylston St., 4th Fl.) offers nutritional counseling and acupuncture targeted toward new moms. An initial 80-minute session is $125.

Support: My Mama & Me (284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain; 617.477.3432) hosts a judgment-free drop-in group every Thursday at 2 pm ($10). The hour-long sessions are run by certified lactation counselors; they also run doula-led classes ($59) on pumping at work, storage, and introducing bottles.

Donate: Mother's Milk Bank Northeast provides milk to local babies in fragile health. You'll need to complete a phone screening and get a blood test (funded by the bank). They've linked with Wellcoin so you can earn points for donating.

Know your rights: For info on local breastfeeding laws, visit the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition.