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Because Nursing Isn't A Snap

The best local resources for breastfeeding moms


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.