Get By With A Little Help From These Guys
The best local resources for nursing moms
The kickoff of Breastfeeding Awareness Month inspired us to hunt down the best local resources for nursing moms. Here’s who, what, and where you should visit when it’s feeding time.
Consultant: As the driving force behind Plano-based Baby, Birth & You, Wendy Blumberg offers guidance in her office or in your home—even on nights and weekends (through her 24-hour emergency services). Cover everything from the emotional elements of nursing to pumping snafus. Sessions are $25 per couple; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972.985.8828.
Gear: Simply Mom’s Boutique at Baylor University Medical (1650 W. College St., Grapevine; 817.424.4867) has hospital-grade breast pumps for rent ($30 per week, $75 per month), Medela models for purchase, and all the accoutrements, from replacement parts to storage bags.
Group support: Simply Mom's also offers a breastfeeding support group every Thursday from 11am to 1pm, when certified lactation consultants dispense invaluable advice for free.
Acupuncture: Dr. Jane Liu at Acupuncture for Women (6380 LBJ Freeway, Suite 180, Hwy 635 at Preston Road, Concourse Office Park) can quickly help stimulate milk production through traditional Chinese medicine and herbs—if you visit her within the first two weeks after birth. It’s $75 per visit, plus a one-time $30 consult fee.
Storage: If you’re pumping like a champ, the GE 5 cu. ft. mini chest freezer at Lowe’s (6011 Lemmon Ave., Northwest Dallas) is big enough to hold a lot of milk but small enough to fit discreetly in the garage or basement. Or, go the temporary route and snag something from any of five nearby Rent-a-Center locations.