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New Moms

Welcome to the New Moms section. Here you will find valuable evidence-based information to support your breastfeeding journey.

Five Ways to Get the Breastfeeding Support You Deserve

Continue to make the best decisions for you and your baby and get the breastfeeding support you deserve in all areas of your life!

1. When possible, choose a maternity/birth center that has implemented best practices that support breastfeeding.

A maternity/birth center who has implemented optimal practices for breastfeeding support are designated as a Baby-Friendly facility by Baby-Friendly, USA

These facilities have implemented the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which includes having staff trained in breastfeeding support, encouraging early and continuous skin to skin, etc. 

Additionally, North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services operates a program where maternity/birth centers are awarded one star for every two steps of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding implemented. These facilities are working toward quality improvement in breastfeeding support services.  Click the link to find the  NC Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation Program Awardees.

2. Choose a breastfeeding friendly clinic to support you and your baby as you both grow in this journey.

Click the link to find the recent Family Friendly Clinic Awardees. If your clinic is not a Family Friendly Clinic, encourage them to become one.

3. Choose a breastfeeding friendly child care center to continue to support your breastfeeding efforts.

Click the link to find the recent NC Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation Awardees.  If your child care center does not have the NC Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation, encourage them to start the process today.

4. Know your rights as you return to work.

The PUMP Act states that your work is required to provide a space for pumping and break time to do so. If you have questions about your rights, contact a Better Balance by calling 1-833-NEED-ABB or using the online form or the Center for WorkLife Law by calling 415-703-8276 or hotline@worklifelaw.org

Be aware and advocate for yourself. Check to see if your employer is a North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition Employers & Community Partners Awardee. If not, encourage them to begin the process today. Check out this resource: What to Expect from Your Employer When You're Expecting.

5. Get help if you need it!

Find a lactation consultant in your area who can answer your questions and guide you through any lactation difficulties. Also, join a support group full of others who are going through the same stages as you!

Call the Appalachian Breastfeeding Hotline for 24-Hour breastfeeding support 888-588-3423.  

Find out if you are eligible to participate in the WIC Program. The WIC Program provides participants with prenatal anticipatory breastfeeding guidance, breastfeeding assistance, peer counselor support, supplemental foods to support breastfeeding parents, and breastfeeding aids when needed.

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Finding Support

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Programs That Can Help

  • SNAP Screener
    SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.
  • WIC Screener
    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk.