Breast milk helps your baby grow strong and healthy. Breastfed babies have fewer ear problems, colds and certain allergies. They also are less at risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Breastfeeding is good for mothers too! It helps build a special bond between mother and baby. It can also reduce the risk for anemia (not enough blood cells), osteoporosis (bone loss), and some cancers.

Doctors say most moms should feed their babies only breast milk for the first six (6) months. Moms should continue to breastfeed for at least 12 months, or longer if both child and mother desire. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding up to two (2) years of age or beyond.


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Breastfeeding Support

Alliance breastfeeding helpers provide expert, no-cost support by phone or in your home. Members can simply call one of the helpers listed below or call Alliance Health Programs for a referral. All helpers are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). They can access an interpreter to assist a member in a non-English language.

Breastfeeding Helpers

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Providers or community partners can refer Alliance members to a lactation consultant using the Lactation Referral Form.

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Breast Pumps

The Alliance covers breast pumps when needed. Just ask your doctor, your baby’s doctor or one of the Alliance IBCLCs about getting a pump. To request a pump, they can fill out the Breast Pump Request Form. You can call an Alliance IBCLC at the numbers above if you need help learning to use your pump.

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