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Because Nursing Isn't A Snap

The best local resources for breastfeeding moms

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In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we've hunted down the best local resources for gear, advice, and assistance when you need it most.

One-stop shop: Not only does the Pump Station & Nurtury sell nursing clothes and pumping supplies, but they rent Medela and Ameda pumps, too. They also have five certified lactation consultants on staff who lead weekly drop-in support groups ($15 a session) and offer individual consultations ($135).

Hospital help: Cedar-Sinai's Lactation Education Center has a stellar breastfeeding store, bra fitting specialists, and a dedicated breastfeeding help line for discharged patients.

Accessories: A Mother's Haven (15928 Ventura Blvd., Encino; 818.380.3111) carries an extensive selection of breastfeeding accessories like the Bosom Baby nursing pillow ($65); Brest Friend pillow for twins ($69.99); and nursing covers from Bebe au Lait ($37) and Petunia Pickle Bottom ($42).

Donate: Help hospitalized babies by giving excess milk to Milkin' Mamas, a Huntington Beach-based bank. They require a minimum donation of 100 ounces, and once moms have gone through the donor qualification process, they will send a cooler to be picked up by FedEx, free.

Know your rights: Consult the Breastfeeding Taskforce of Los Angeles to learn more about your rights as a nursing mom.