Breastfeed whenever your baby is hungry. Babies show you they’re hungry by:
The let-down is when your breast sends signals that release milk for your baby.
You may need to help your baby unlatch when switching to the other breast.
Breastfeeding is allowed everywhere – it’s the law. You can learn more about your breastfeeding legal rights in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia from the Women’s Law Project.
Leaks might happen most frequently when you first begin breastfeeding. Here are some tips:
Having breast milk on hand for your baby will ensure they continue to receive the best nutrition while you are away from them.
You have access to breastfeeding experts who are ready to help 24/7, for free.
We encourage you to download the Pacify app. It’s free for Philly families when you use enrollment code PHILLY. The app provides you with unlimited access to live expert help (through voice or video call) on a wide range of topics, including successful latching techniques, breast pain, maintaining adequate milk supply, pumping, transitioning to solids foods, and more.
You can connect through audio or video chat to a nationwide network of breastfeeding consultants who are available 24/7.
Be sure to use enrollment code PHILLY for free sign-up.Learn more
Many parents have questions or need help learning how to feed their baby. The Philly Loves Families Team and Philadelphia Health Centers both provide free help during your baby’s first months.
To connect with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health's Breastfeeding Team for prenatal education or postpartum feeding education and support, please fill out this form. You can connect with a lactation counselor to form an ongoing relationship.Sign up for free assistance
To get breastfeeding help at a Philadelphia Health Center, reach out to the Health Center first to see if they have a breastfeeding counselor at that location.
Here are some valuable resources that you may find useful as a transgender or non-binary parent:
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