Families

LVBC supports breastfeeding families by connecting them with resources they need and educating our community on the benefits of breastfeeding.

Explore links that provide breastfeeding information and support:


Breastfeeding is most successful when moms feel connected and supported by their community. The resources and information here can help you achieve the community support you need!


Covid-19 Vaccine Information


With the new vaccine, many breastfeeding moms want expert information about vaccine safety and lactation. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is here to help you make your decision!


Your Breastfeeding Rights Around Town


Pennsylvania passed the Freedom to Breastfeed Act in 2007, protecting a mother’s right to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and the child are otherwise authorized to be, regardless of whether the breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding. Breastfeeding may not be considered a nuisance, obscenity or indecent exposure. Pa. Breastfeeding Awareness and Support Program 1-800-986-BABY (2229) www.health.state.pa.us/breastfeeding Breastfeeding: It’s Your Right in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania passed the Freedom to Breastfeed Act in 2007, protecting a mother’s right to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and the child are otherwise authorized to be, regardless of whether the breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding. Breastfeeding may not be considered a nuisance, obscenity or indecent exposure. Pa. Breastfeeding Awareness and Support Program 1-800-986-BABY (2229)

[Taken from www.health.pa.gov]

Local Hospital Network Visitation Policies


Check out the links here to learn about changes in visitation policies for our local hospital networks!


Lehigh Valley Health Network:

https://www.lvhn.org/patient_visitor_information


St Luke's University Health Network:

https://www.slhn.org/covid-19/visitor-policies/visitor-policies-pa



Breastfeeding Helplines


Are you having specific challenges breastfeeding your child? Do you have specific questions that come up at various stages of your breastfeeding journey that you want addressed by a lactation expert? The following free and/or community resources can h19elp you to receive the support that you need.


  • Allentown Health Bureau

Kim Stengele, CLC: 610-437-7632, Kim.Stengeleallentownpa.gov

245 N. 6th Street Allentown, PA 18102 http://www.AllentownPA.gov

*FREE for residents of Allentown


  • Bethlehem Health Bureau
    Kelly Berk, MPH, BSN RN. Nursing Director: 610-865-7300, askbhb@bethlehem-pa.gov

10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 https://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/health/

*FREE for residents of Bethlehem


  • La Leche League

(These volunteer-moms may be available evenings/weekends/holidays. Feel free to leave a message and someone will get back to you.)

  • Alyssa- 609-558-5586 LLL@mierta.com

  • Christine- 484-695-6191

  • Christy- 610-974-9095 christyhume@zoho.com

  • Jennifer- 484-597-1095 LLLJenAbdul@gmail.com

  • Maggie- 717-575-4834

  • Samina -610-421-6069


  • Lehigh Valley Hospital Breastfeeding Helpline (LVHN patients only)- 610-402-7264


  • National Breastfeeding Helpline- 1-800-994-9662 (Help available in English and Spanish)


  • Pa Department of Health Healthy Baby Line- 1-800-986-2229


  • St. Luke’s University Health Network Breastfeeding Answer Line (Everyone welcome)- 484-526-BABY (2229)


  • WIC Breastfeeding Hotline (WIC participants only!)

855-4-ASK-MOM (855-427-5666)

Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm

Saturday & Sunday 9am – 1pm


Independent Lactation Support


Private lactation support available in the Lehigh Valley

  • Blossom Baby- Lehigh Valley Lactation Services

    • Amy Nansteel, MA, IBCLC

Website: Lehighvalleylactation.com

Phone: 610-737-9851

*Accepts Aetna insurance, offers breastfeeding classes

  • Latched Eternal Lactation Consulting

    • Jennifer Abdul-Rahman BSN RN IBCLC

Website: www.latchedeternal.com

E-mail: consultant@latchedeternallactation.com

*Home visits and virtual consults (HIPAA compliant): prenatal consults, pumping consults, initial breastfeeding consults, pre/post frenectomy consults, alternative feeding method consults, weight checks, specializes in structural/functional issues related to breastfeeding and tethered oral restrictions management.


  • The Latching Place

    • Ayesha Patterson IBCLC

Website: www.thelatchingplace.com

Phone: 646-275-4982

*Home visits, virtual consults, baby weight checks

  • Sleeptastic Solutions

    • Ronee Welch, CLC

Website:sleeptasticsolutions.com

Phone: 484-951-0902

*Child sleep services, breastfeeding counseling and education, prenatal classes


Online Resources


Many of our moms want a place to learn all about lactation information from breastfeeding specifics to compatible medication to pumping. The information below covers it all!



Helpful Breastfeeding Videos and Podcasts :


Resourceful Apps:

  • Text4Baby FREE text messages with healthy tips for you and baby, FREE app

  • MommyMeds Texas Tech/Infant Risk Center's database of medications and other chemicals

  • Coffective FREE app for pregnant moms and their "champions" educating about Baby-Friendly Hospital practices

  • Breastfeeding Solutions Troubleshooting for common breastfeeding problems from Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC


Outpatient Lactation Support


There is a lot of lactation support available through our medical practices in the Valley. They are often attached to your own pediatrician's office! This is a go-to list to find medical practices with in-house breastfeeding help.


610-969-4300

  • Gina Banta, RN, MSN, CLC

  • Angela Himmelwright, RN, CLC

  • Pond Road

610-395-4300

  • Leila Nassar, MA, IBCLC

  • Fogelsville

610-821-4920

  • Zainab Soonasra, RN, CLC

  • Laurys Station

610-262-6641

  • Deborah Elsheakh, RN, CLC

  • Trexlertown

610-402-2600

  • Sarah Van Zandt, CMA, IBCLC

  • Lehigh Valley Family Health Center

610-969-3500

  • Judith Henriquez-Valerio, RN, lactation coach

  • VHP-Lehigh Valley Physicians Practice

610-969-4370

  • Ayesha Patterson, RN, IBCLC



1517 Pond Road

Allentown, PA 18104

610-366-7676

  • Kenneth Toff, DO, FAAP, IBCLC

  • Laurie Cohen, DO, FAAP, CLC

  • Tracy Kramer, MSN, CRNP, CLC

  • Anna Linderman, MD, FAAP, CBS


**Children do NOT need to be patients of CHC to qualify for an appointment at the Breastfeeding Center**


1425 Eighth Avenue

Bethlehem, PA 18018

484-526-BABY (2229)

  • Rima Strassman, MD, FAAP, FABM

  • Heidi Koch, RN, CPN, IBCLC


  • The Maternal and Family Health Services WIC Nutrition Program

    • Allentown- (610) 432-3455

    • Bethlehem- (610) 691-6491

    • Easton- (610) 258-6938

    • Lehighton- (610)377-6097


Pump Suppliers


Are you returning to work and need a breast pump or need accessories for your pump? Do you want to feed your child breastmilk but would rather do that by feeding her pumped milk? Or do you just want to ability to occasionally pump milk so you can have a night out with your partner? If any or all of these apply, the following is a list of breast pump suppliers and experts in the world of pumping breastmilk.










*If you are receiving WIC, they have pumps available for rent*


If you are not sure which pump would suit your needs best, refer to the Breast Pump Comparison Chart [courtesy of the Breastfeeding Shop, Emmaus PA]


Breast Pump Customer Service Numbers & Websites


Ameda 1-866-922-6332

Avent 1-800-542-8368

Bailey 1-800-413-3216

Hygeia 714-515-7571

Medela 1-800-435-8316

Spectra 1-855-446-6622


Support Groups


Research has shown that a successful breastfeeding experience is often made possible by having the support of women as well as families who are also breastfeeding. The Lehigh Valley has several support groups that allow you to feel connected in this way! Below is a list of wonderful groups that can embrace you throughout your breastfeeding journey.


Due to current recommendations to prevent the spread of Coronavirus many local organizations have cancelled support groups, classes and hospital tours through the end of March and will re-evaluate at that time if further cancellations are necessary. LVBC provides the schedule below for informational purposes only, LVBC does not run the listed support groups. Please contact the individual organizations if you have any further questions about meetings. Their contact information is listed below.


La Leche League leaders, WIC offices, outpatient lactation consultants, hospital warm lines, and private practice lactation consultants may still be available to answer questions by phone/text/email/Facebook or provide virtual consults.


Please check our Calendar for dates, times, and locations


  • La Leche League - FREE, Drop In support group in 3 locations, contact any leader in either group for help

    • Bethlehem Chapter - St. Luke's Anderson Campus, Easton

Meeting Schedule

https://www.facebook.com/groups/172466986125995

Christy 610-974-9095 christyhume@zoho.com

  • Lehigh County Chapter - Church of the Nazarene, Macungie & 1941 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown

Meeting Schedule

https://www.facebook.com/groups/104824583370

Christine 484-695-6191

Samina 610-295-5218

Jennifer 484-597-1095 LLLJenAbdul@gmail.com

Alyssa 609-558-5586 (call or text) LLL@mierta.com

Maggie 717-575-4834

The Milk Bar moms group: “The Milk Bar” moms group. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 11am-12pm

Zoom link can be found on their FB event page

    • St. Joseph the Worker Parish Center, 1879 Applewood Drive, Orefield

Call 610-366-7676 for more details


  • LVHN Monday Morning Moms - FREE, Drop In support group

1243 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown

Call 610-402-CARE for more details

https://www.facebook.com/groups/243096445446/


1243 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown

Call 610-402-CARE for more details


1425 Eighth Avenue

Bethlehem, PA 18018

484-526-BABY (2229)

https://www.facebook.com/StLukesBabyandMe


Easton please call 610-258-6938 to schedule an appointment, FREE

Celebrate Breastfeeding

You have worked hard to reach this point in your journey! We see you, we honor you, and we celebrate you every day of the year. Each year in August, in National Breastfeeding Month, we take it to the next level and party all month long!

  • Week 1: World Breastfeeding Week

  • Week 2: Native Breastfeeding Week

  • Week 3: Infant Feeding in Emergencies

  • Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week

In regular years, we gather in person at the beginning of August for the Global Big Latch On and again at the end of the month to kick off Black Breastfeeding Week. We invite ALL breastfeeding families and supporters to our events. No matter what breastfeeding looks (or looked) like for you and your family, you belong.

Currently COVID 19 has pushed all of these celebrations online. You can participate or follow along on our social media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lvbreastfeeding/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LehighValleyBreastfeedingCoalition

You can also celebrate breastfeeding at the many family-friendly community events throughout the Lehigh Valley. Look for our table at the event! Here you can show off your beautiful baby, share your breastfeeding story, ask questions, and play a little boobie beanbag toss!

Stay tuned for our next appearance once we are able to have community gatherings again!

Become a member

By joining Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition, you show support for the cause of breastfeeding and help us continue and expand our work. Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition is a non-profit, volunteer-only organization. All money goes to support our activities.