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Don't Go It Alone

The best breastfeeding resources in town

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org, we thought the time was right to share our short list of the best local experts and shops for nursing moms.

Guidance: Jane O'Connor of J.O.C. Lactation Consultants (4700C N. Ravenswood Ave.; 773.377.5620) has nearly a quarter-century of experience in nursing, infant development, and lactation consulting. She offers in-home (Tuesday-Friday) and in-office (Mondays and Saturdays) consultations; sessions typically last one hour to 90 minutes and cost $200.

Gear: Be By Baby (1654 W Roscoe St., Lakeview; 773.404.2229) is well-stocked with Medela pumping paraphernalia like the Harmony Manual Hand Pump ($41.95), freezing and storage bottles ($14.95), and contact nipple shields ($10.95). Belle Up Boutique (3440 W. 111th St.; 773.233.2442) carries everything else you might want, like nursing bras from Bravado Designs
($49), Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter ($14.95), and Boob-ease soothing therapy pillows ($30).

Drop-In Support: Sprout San Francisco (1943 W. Division, Ukrainian Village; 773.489.0009) hosts twice-a-month drop-in clinics with the folks from Lactation Partners — discussions, Q&A's, and social time with other breastfeeding moms are all part of each two-hour session ($40). The team from J.O.C. Lactation Consultants also leads a monthly social discussion called the Boob Group, where topics include back to work and how to know if baby is getting enough milk. It's free and meets the second Wednesday of every month from 9:30am to 11am at Sweet Pea Studio (3717 North Ravenswood, Suite 213; 773.988.0482 or 773.517.1618).

Acupuncture: Kathy Broderick of the Healing House (11840 S Western Ave., Morgan Park; 773.233.9000) targets a variety of points to resolve issues related to let-down, fatigue, and anxiety. Sessions run 30 minutes to an hour, $75 for the initial visit and $55 for every visit thereafter.

Donate: Mother's Milk Bank of the Great Western Lakes will take excess milk off your hands and walk you through the donation process—Oak Park and Northbrook are the closest drop-off facilities to the city.