Other Breastfeeding Support Groups
Looking for other support groups in addition to the Babies in Common groups?
Not everyone can get to one of the groups at Babies in Common (or hey, not everyone wants to--that's cool, you have to find the people you fit best with!). There are other options (see below...and if you learn of a new one, please let me know so I can add it!)
It's important to note, however, that each group leader (and each institution, if it hosts a group) will have their own level of experience, expertise, continuing education and sometimes are prohibited from discussing certain topics (for example, some hospital-based or medical-practice group facilitators are prohibited from talking about tongue tie or don't know much about it because they may not have much experience with babies older than a few days old or may not have much training in tongue tie, as it's not required to know become an IBCLC-lactation consultant*). Some groups engage in other topics of conversation that aren't specific to breastfeeding (which can be great, but depends on what you are hoping for), some are more like mini-clinical visits (which could be good but you may need a longer and more in-depth consultation to resolve your issues) and some groups encourage participants to get to know each other. Some group leaders, particularly those in private practice like me (Jeanette Mesite Frem) and Rachel O'Brien (in Sudbury) also welcome group participants to contact them after group with simple questions and provide continued support that way (granted, sometimes a private consultation will be warranted).
I recommend you go to lots of different groups and see which groups are the best fit for you!
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC (Sudbury)
Breastfeeding & Chestfeeding Support Group, Tuesday at 1:00 pm, $5
Memorial Congregational Church
older siblings welcome, as group is held in a playroom with toys
HealthAlliance Hospital (Leominster)
Motherhood Support Group, Wednesday 10:30 am - noon, free
Entrance 1, first room on right
Milford Regional Medical Center (Milford)
Breastfeeding is Beautiful group, schedule not available online, free
UMass Memorial Medical Center (Worcester)
Breastfeeding Support Group, Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm, free
South 4 Conference Room, 119 Belmont Street
Heywood Hospital (Gardner)
1st Wednesday of the month, 10-11am, free
LaChance Maternity Lactation Room
La Leche League
Sturbridge, Gardner, Ashland-Holliston-Hopkinton, Framingham, Marlborough-Sudbury
May have 0-2 groups per month, ask each group leader
Nursing Mothers' Council
Assabet Valley and other locations more east.
Breastfeeding Support Group, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Wells Avenue Conference Room inside the Newton-Wellesley Ambulatory Care Center in Newton, free
* there is a difference between an IBCLC compared to a CLC, which is important to know if you are having serious concerns, an IBCLC is the gold standard in lactation support. My apologies that the chart below is a bit blurry...