Breastfeeding may be the most natural thing in the world, but it is definitely not the easiest for many moms! I remember when I brought my first home from the hospital, determined and confident in my ability to feed her! We faced so many obstacles, and I remember tearfully telling my husband I needed help- and lots of it! Breastfeeding support groups provide education, encouragement, and in person help for moms. Whether you walk in pregnant and eager to learn, exhausted with a newborn and a shallow latch, or you are successfully nursing your toddler, there is a place for you.
When breastfeeding is hard, you can ask questions and get help and encouragement in person from educated breastfeeding professionals and other nursing moms. When breastfeeding is easy, you can walk in with milk stains on your shirt and in desperate need for adult interaction completely judgement free. If you’re a seasoned pro, you can even offer your help, and encouragement to new moms! Oklahoma has so many wonderful resources for nursing moms! Use this guide to find support for yourself or share it with a nursing mama you know!
La Leche League groups meet monthly all around the metro! Each of the following groups meet at different days and times. For the most up to date information, check out their websites!
Thrive Mama Collective, LLC is located in the Plaza District. Their Milk Moms group meets every Wednesday from 11:00-2:00 and every Monday from 6:00-7:30.
Green Bambino is located in Shartel Plaza. They offer Mother’s Milk support groups every Monday at 10 a.m., Tuesday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Each meeting is led by a Certified Lactation Counselor.
Tinker AFB Breastfeeding Support Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Balfour Beatty Community Center.
The Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA) offers four locations for their Baby Cafes! The COBA Baby Cafe is a place to be encouraged, empowered, educated and supported for all your breastfeeding needs during your pregnancy and after birth. Their cafes are facilitated by professionally trained minority providers.
Breastfeeding USA has two Oklahoma chapters. Breastfeeding USA offers support by phone, in person and through meetings.
Breastfeeding USA Edmond Chapter meets the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 am.
Breastfeeding USA Oklahoma County Chapter will be offering meetings soon ,but has an active Facebook page.
Lakeside Women’s Hospital offers monthly meetings from 12:30-2:00. Meetings are led by breastfeeding educators and infant scales will be available.
Nurturing Bonds Breastfeeding Circle meets the 3rd Friday of each month in OKC.
For local online support, visit the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Mamas Facebook page!
The Oklahoma State Department of Health has also compiled a list of board certified lactation consultants serving Oklahoma as well as other breastfeeding resources, including classes designed to assist and support nursing mothers. You can find that information here.
If you are a nursing mom who could benefit from a breastfeeding support group, be sure to check out some of these fantastic resources! Happy Nursing!