"The greatest joy is nursing one's own baby. The second greatest joy is helping another woman to nurse hers." -Norma Woolf Ritter
NEW! Map of Great Outdoor Spots to Breastfeed
Explore Del Norte County with your baby! Enhance your infant's sensory experience as you go around our community. Feel free to breastfeed in each of these places and bond with your little one in the majesty of the Redwoods or next to the sea!
Classes & Groups
Breastfeeding Support Group Thursdays | 4-5pm | 494 Pacific Ave | (707) 464-0955 This FREE group is a chance for pregnant and new moms to learn about breastfeeding from other moms & a lactation consultant. Circle of Moms Wednesdays | 2:30-4pm | 494 Pacific Ave | (707) 464-7293 This FREE support group is for pregnant and new mothers to meet other new moms, share tips, and discuss challenges.
Kelly Worley, RNC IBCLC 707-464-6854 | 707-954-6828 Have an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) help you with your breastfeeding needs.
Alissa Oulman-Kirkpatrick, IBCLC 707-464-7293 Have an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) help you with your breastfeeding needs. She is also able to write prescriptions for breast pumps!
Women Infant and Children 707-464-7293 | 286 M Street, Suite D WIC is equipped with two IBCLCs to help support you in your breastfeeding! Take the eligibility assessment to see if you qualify.
Low Milk Supply This website provides information and support to mothers who are experiencing low milk supply. It was created by two IBCLCs who wanted to help mothers concerned about low milk supply.
Breastfeeding After Reduction (BFAR) This website provides information and support to mothers who wish to breastfeed after breast or nipple surgery.
World Breastfeeding Week: The Global BIG Latch On
Every Year | First Week in August | 10:30-11:30am A celebration of breastfeeding moms around the world.
Southern Oregon Resources
The Breastfeeding Resource Alliance (BRA) The mission of The Breastfeeding Resource Alliance is to connect families with a network of local, state, and national resources to support and empower them through their breastfeeding journey. Check out their resource website!
Southern Oregon Lactation Association (SOLA) A collaboration of lactation professionals promoting and supporting breastfeeding through evidence-based education in our communities.
California Breastfeeding Laws & Regulations
Breastfeeding at Work Federal law (FLSA §7 ) requires your employer to provide reasonable break time and a safe place for a non-exempt employee to express milk for her nursing child for one year. California law (LAB §1030 ) extends that protection to be for as long as an employee is nursing her child. If you feel that your employer is NOT providing you with either adequate break time or a place to express milk, you should file a claim with the Labor Commissioner's Bureau of Field Enforcement (BOFE).
Breastfeeding in Public California law (CIV §43.3 ) gives women the right to breastfeed their child in a public space. This protection is needed because women may be asked to stop, leave, or cover up--causing embarrassment and stigmatization. Embarrassment is a HUGE barrier to breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding in Airports Federal law (GOV §50479) requires that public airports of specified flight volume provide a room or another location at each airport terminal behind the airport security screening area for members of the public to express breast milk in private.
Breastfeeding & Jury Duty California law (CCP §210.5) requires the standardized jury summons to include a specific reference to the rules for breastfeeding mothers. A mother who is breastfeeding may request that jury duty be deferred for up to one year.
Breastfeeding & Hospitals 1995— Maternity care hospitals must have breastfeeding consultation or information (Cal. Health and Safety Code § 123365 ) Requires general hospitals and special hospitals providing maternity care to make available breast feeding consultation or alternatively, provide information to the mother on where to receive breast feeding information. 2011—Hospital Infant Feeding Act (Cal. Health and Safety Code § 123366 ) All general acute care hospitals and special hospitals that have a perinatal unit shall have an infant-feeding policy that utilizes guidance provided by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative or the State Department of Public Health Model Hospital Policy Recommendations. This section shall become operative January 1, 2014. 2014—Hospitals with perinatal units will adopt “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” (Cal. Health and Safety Code § 123367) All general acute care hospitals and special hospitals that have a perinatal unit will adopt the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,” as adopted by Baby-Friendly USA, per the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, or an alternate process adopted by a health care service plan that includes evidence-based policies and practices and targeted outcomes, or the Model Hospital Policy Recommendations by January 1, 2025.