Breastfeeding Support & Resources

Breastfeeding gives your baby the most healthy start in life.  Breastfeeding also offers a very special time for you and your baby and gives your baby a gift of health, love, and security.

Breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby! Not only is it completely free and always available, it has all of the right ingredients, in just the right amounts. Breastfed babies are sick less often, and suffer from fewer earaches, allergies, and diarrhea. Breastmilk can also help prevent your baby from developing childhood obesity.

Breastfeeding is great for mom, too! It burns around 500 calories a day which can help get you back in shape after pregnancy. It also provides some protection from certain types of cancers.

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Breastfeeding is Protected by Law!

Florida breastfeeding laws clarify that women have a right to breastfeed any place they have a right to be, public or private, even if they don’t do it discretely. (Florida Statute 383.015, 1993)
Most employers are required to follow a Federal Law which protects your right to pump breastmilk at work called the Break Time for Nursing Mothers Act (Section 2, FLSA, 2010). For more information on your rights as an employee take a look at this Fact Sheet published by the US Department of Labor.

Do you have questions about Breastfeeding?

Sometimes moms need help learning to breastfeed or need support. Early help can turn a challenge into a joy!

Get help right away if:

  • Breasts or nipples are sore
  • Nipples are cracked
  • Baby is not latching
  • Milk supply seems low
  • Baby is fussy
  • You think your baby is not getting enough milk
  • You feel like giving up

Help is available!

Call a lactation support person, attend a support group, or join a group online.

Healthy Start Program

Free services for breastfeeding problems, including home visits: (941) 861-2905

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Breastfeeding Warm Line:(941) 917-7413
Breastfeeding Classes: (941) 917-1700

WIC and Nutrition Services Breastfeeding Support - Florida Department of Health

Peer Counselors: English - (941) 685-3324; Spanish - (941) 228-2537

La Leche League

Monthly meetings and phone support:

  • Sarasota: Debbie (941) 922-2449; Kati (941) 726-5135; Heather (941) 554-5987
  • South Sarasota: Julia (941) 918-1767
  • Bradenton: Tanya (941) 350-1537

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Lactation Love

Weekly meetings and phone support: Call or text (941) 451-7684

Save My Life Program

Culturally relevant, education and breastfeeding support available in the Newtown and surrounding areas at no charge. For more information, contact Beverly Phelps (941) 373-7070 ext. 306

Contact your Healthcare Provider

Many OBGYNs, Midwives, and Pediatricians in our area also have lactation support specialists in their office. Contact yours today!

 

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