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The Different Categories of Resources
Here is a list of the different types of resources available to breastfeeding families in New Mexico. Use our resource directory to find out what is available in your area.
NMBFT Local Chapter: Local Chapters of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force meet monthly and are open to anyone interested in supporting breastfeeding families.
Lactation Consultants: An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®, Inc. under the direction of the US National Commission for Certifying Agencies. An IBCLC works in a wide variety of health care settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice. Please contact listed IBCLCs to learn more about the specific services they offer, plus fee and nsurance arrangements.
Breastfeeding Educators and Doulas:
- Breastfeeding Educators work with families from preconception through the stage of weaning offering education, encouragement, counseling, an experienced point of view, and fostering confidence, and a commitment to breastfeeding.
- Doulas are trained and experienced professionals who provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period, this often includes breastfeeding support and resources. Contact doulas in your area to to learn more about the specific services they offer.
WIC Clinics: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating including breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.
- Many WIC clinics offer peer counselor support. Peer counselors are are past or current WIC mothers who have successfully breastfed their own babies, and want to help other families benefit from breastfeeding. They help by establishing a connection with the family outside the usual WIC clinic hours, to provide on-going encouragement and help mothers manage common problems as they arise.
Milk Depot: A depot is a health care facility that keeps a freezer for collecting milk from screened breastmilk donors, where blood is drawn and where collection containers are kept. The milk is either picked up and transported by Milk Bank staff or volunteers, or shipped to the Milk Bank. The majority of the milk dispensed by the Mothers' Milk Bank goes to babies with a medical need for it. In addition, if milk is available, some prescriptions for milk are filled if a baby is newborn and healthy.
Compounding Pharmacies: Compounding pharmacies provide services and supplies to breastfeeding families including but not limited to: nipple creams and ointments, breastpumps and supplies, and breastfeeding prescriptions.
Breastpump Rental/Breastpump Purchasing: Community resources that provide families with the options to either rent or purchase a breastpump. Remember that under the Affordable Care Act breastpumps are covered for breastfeeding families. Contact your insurance company for more information. See our resource: The Affordable Care Act: Breastfeeding
Support and Supplies – New Benefits for Breastfeeding Families for more information.
Telephone Warmlines: Telephone consultation, in English and Spanish, is available from a professional lactation consultant who will answer questions regarding milk supply, sore nipples, breast infections, fussy babies, working and breastfeeding, obstacles that prevent successful nursing and other concerns you may have.
Support Groups: A group for anyone breastfeeding or interested in breastfeeding who needs support or help, or just someone to chat with. Breastfeeding support groups may or may not be connected with La Leche League. Contact individual groups to find out where/when they meet.
Home Visitation Programs: Home Visitors provide families with culturally appropriate peer-based support. Services are tailored to individual families and take place in the convenience of the family home. Home visitors provide families with information about prenatal health, newborn care and child development, safety, and when appropriate, information on additional community resources and services.
Hospitals: A hospital is a health care institution providing patient treatment with specialized staff and equipment.
- Baby Friendly Hospitals: The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. It recognizes and awards birthing facilities who successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (i) and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (ii). Baby Friendly hospitals provide mothers with the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
Health Centers: Public Health Centers often serve clients who are uninsured, underinsured, low-income or those living in areas where little access to primary health care is available. Each location has its own hours of operation, and a unique set of services. Please note that some locations require an appointment and do not accept walk-ins.
Other Breastfeeding Resources: This area includes community resources that support breastfeeding families indirectly through other services provided.