Breastfeeding can feel incredibly overwhelming to new mothers, yet we live in an area that is full of resources to help you meet your breastfeeding goals. Having used a lactation consultant, I believe their help is invaluable and attribute my most recent nursing success to their tips for longevity of nursing. Whether you seek more information, need emotional support, have specific questions, encounter a challenging experience or simply want to connect with other mothers in a similar stage of life, Lake County has what you need. Please note: dates, times and prices vary for classes and services, so call ahead!
Lactation Resources and Support
Advocate Condell Medical Center801 S. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville | (847) 990-5407
Advocate Condell is a hospital that believes in breastfeeding and offers resources from prenatal classes to on-staff lactation consultants and a lactation warm line for mothers to call in with questions. They also host a Breastfeeding Success class. Having used both the lactation consultant on staff after delivery and the lactation warm line, I can assure you that Advocate Condell has truly set up a working support system for mothers. I felt heard, cared for and learned what worked best for my baby and me while working with them.
BBbabies Lactation Consultant and Postpartum Doula Services and Education
Lake Zurich | (847) 987-8079
BBbabies approach to breastfeeding support is centered around in-home care for mothers, offering classes, support, lactation consultations, and doula services, helping to build the best foundation possible between mother and baby.
Childbirth the Way Nature Intended,Inc.
34121 N. Hwy. 45 Suite 210, Grayslake | (847) 223-8400
This midwifery practice in Grayslake offers natural childbirth services and classes along with home birth delivery, doula services, holistic well-woman care and natural family planning. Included in their doula services is breastfeeding support.
Cygnus Lactation Services, LLC
1500 S. Lake Street, Mundelein |(847) 837-4091
Cygnus Lactation is a gold mine for breastfeeding support in Lake County. Offering brilliant lactation consultants, a full scope of classes (inclulding La Leche League of Libertyville), products and endless information on breastfeeding, Cygnus has everything a breastfeeding mother needs on hand. The teaching clinic is warm and inviting allowing mothers and babies to grow together through their services.
La Leche League of Central Lake County
110 McKinley Avenue, Lake Villa (parking off of Sherwood) | (847) 231-4175
The women of Le Leche League provide mother-to-mother support on breastfeeding. The leaders are educated and experienced, they welcome pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to learn and gain confidence. Loralie tells us more about this amazing organization in her Give Back post.
La Leche League of Libertyville
1500 S. Lake Street, Mundelein | (224) 337-6844 and (847) 548-1537
Under the same principles and guidance as La Leche League of Central Lake County, these mothers meet in Mundelein to discuss breastfeeding and support one another. Their meetings are free to attend. I attended these meetings as a pregnant, first-time mom and felt encouraged and educated.
Natural Beginnings Lactation Services
Round Lake Beach | (847) 791-8932
Amy is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who strives to assist and encourage mothers in their breastfeeding relationship. There is nothing like having one-on-one, in-home support from a lactation consultant. Amy is trained to help with issues such as: low supply, over-supply, latch techniques, anatomical issues, as well as general breastfeeding education. Check out what Kristy had to say about Amy in a her MomPreneur Monday post.
New Mother New Baby
3115 Dundee Road, Northbrook | (847) 272-1500
Whether you’re looking for classes as an introduction to breastfeeding, breastfeeding and the return to work, or how to use your equipment, New Mother New Baby has many classes to meet your needs. A La Leche League group meets here, too! New Mother New Baby is a hot spot to shop for your breastfeeding needs including equipment, bras and other breastfeeding apparel. Not only are they a top supporter of breastfeeding, but they also offer classes on parenting, introduction to herbal medicine, and mother-baby classes, as well.
North Shore University Health System
777 Park West Avenue, Highland Park | (847) 480-3702
North Shore University Health System is full of nurses and resources for mothers who plan to nurse. They host a Breastfeeding Basics class that shares research-based information about the why and how of breastfeeding. The class covers beginning a breastfeeding relationship, maintaining supply, returning to work and throughout the weaning process. They also offer in-hospital and outpatient lactation consultation services.
PediaTrustGrayslake and Highland Park |(847) 579-9237
PediaTrust is a group of seven independent pediatric practices that offer lactation support to nursing mothers. They work with certified lactation consultants to assess a nursing relationship and help mothers formulate a plan for success. Consistency of care is key to PediaTrust in that they check in with pediatricians to be a cohesive team. They also help with obtaining pumping supplies, rentals and working with insurance. Classes are offered at many locations, call Pamela at 847-579-9237 for more information.
Preparation for Breastfeeding at Northwestern Lake Forest
Northwestern Lake Forest and Northwestern Lake Forest in Grayslake | (847) 535-6182
This class was designed by lactation consultants to cover everything from anatomy to latching, common issues and pumping. Since lactation consultants are not on staff in the birthing center, this class is helpful to new mothers before delivery. The class is recommended for first-time parents or as a refresher course and is recommended during a woman’s third trimester.
Vista Health System and Lactation Office
1324 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan | (847) 360-4246 and (847) 360-4333 ext. 5218
With lactation consultants on staff and nurses prepared to help you breastfeed after birth, Vista is a great choice for moms who need some breastfeeding back up. They offer consultations to expectant families which includes time with a lactation consultant to help set you up for breastfeeding success.
Breastfeeding Basics Webinar
April 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m. , May 24th 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., & June 21st, 7:00 -9:00 p.m.
$25 dollars you must register ahead of time online
This two hour webinar by Cygnus Lactation also includes a question & answer session. It covers everything you need to know about breastfeeding — from preparing for your baby to returning to work , school, or other separations from baby. We specialize in explaining the “why” behind the recommendations, so that you feel confident in your breastfeeding journey!
Who or what served as the greatest support to you while breastfeeding? Do you have any suggestions? I received Breastfeeding Made Simple at a La Leche League meeting (the author ran the group at the time) and recommend it to everyone I know who chooses to breastfeed!
Editor’s note: My ultimate breastfeeding resource (other than an uber supportive husband) was The Nursing Mother’s Companion. I also used Advocate’s lactation resources and hotline (at Lutheran General Hospital).
Did we miss your favorite Lake County Breastfeeding or Lactation Resource? Let us know about it in the comments section.
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