LA’s top breastfeeding resources
It’s World Breastfeeding Week, and while we’re not here to make any formula moms feel left out, we figured it was a good time to round up LA’s best offerings for nursing moms.
One-stop shopping: The Pump Station & Nurtury now has three locations (Santa Monica, Hollywood and Westlake Village) stocking everything you or your newborn might need in those early weeks—plus breastfeeding support groups and mommy-and-me classes. In the valley, A Mother’s Haven in Encino carries all the essentials; Milkalicious in South LA is pretty great, too.
Lactation consultants: Jessica Sacher at The Pump Station is a confident guide with decades of experience who doesn’t make moms feel pressured—a nice alternative to some of the lactivists out there ($135 per hour for the first appointment; $75 for follow-ups). We also hear that Lesley Adelman of Gentle Nurturing is compassionate and especially good if you’re breastfeeding multiples. You can book Lesley directly or through A Mother’s Haven (consultations start at $200).
Freezer rentals: Your best bet is probably to buy a used one on Craigslist. But if you’re set on renting, call Anthony Rents in Studio City (818.980.1001; $35.90 a month for six months).
Milk production boost: In Santa Monica, the Tao of Wellness founders Daoshing Ni and Mao Shing Ni specialize in acupuncture for all things pregnancy related, from infertility to increased milk production. (And they’ve literally written the book on the topic, Sitting Moon: A Guide to Natural Rejuvenation After Pregnancy.) On the east side of town, we hear good things about acupuncturist Jeiran Lashai, in Silver Lake.
Legal resources: Consult the Breastfeeding Taskforce of Los Angeles for standard issues like how to legally defer jury duty while breastfeeding. But should you encounter larger discrimination issues in the workplace, get in touch with attorney Lisa Pierson Weinberger of Mom, Esq.
Nursing clothes: Local label Milkstars makes forgiving rayon and spandex shirts and PJ’s that are deceptively functional for nursing—and pretty cute, to boot.