Free Breastfeeding Support Groups in Cleveland

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It takes a village to breastfeed a baby! Supporting new and breastfeeding mothers is an awesome social responsibility, and The Nurturing Root wants to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. So we have gathered information about the various breastfeeding groups in the greater Cleveland area, to help you find your community of nursing women.

Your healthy newborn was born to breastfeed. This is the biologically normal, ideal, and healthiest way to feed your infant. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all babies be exclusively breastfed for at least the first six month of life. But it takes practice, patience, and support to master this skill. Ideally, try to find a breastfeeding support group while pregnant. You will be able to connect with other women, lactation professionals, and see what nursing a newborn actually looks like. Once baby is born, a support group provides the perfect opportunity to spend time with women who are sharing similar experiences. You can troubleshoot breastfeeding issues, discuss Cleveland parenting resources, and receive emotional and practical support.

La Leche League of Ohio

La Leche League has multiple chapters, hosting meetings throughout Northeast Ohio. Find more information about your local chapter here.

Cleveland Heights
Meets at various locations on the second Friday of each month at 10:00am.
Call Martha at 216.321.4356 or Halle at 216.291.4313 for meeting location information.

Cleveland Southwest
Meets on the third Monday of each month at 10:00am at the Strongsville Public Library. An evening meeting is held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the North Royalton Public Library.

Cleveland Westside Suburbs
Meetings are multiple times per month at various locations in Lakewood, Rocky River, and North Olmstead. Join the LLL of Cleveland Westside Suburbs Facebook group for meeting time and place information.

Oberlin and Lorain County
Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 9:30am at Christ Episcopal Church in Oberlin. More information is available on the LLL of Oberlin Facebook group.

Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center. Email Rachel for more information: [email protected]

Painesville and Lake County
Meets monthly at the Morley Library at 10:00am. Check the library event calendar for meeting day information.

Geauga County
Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00am at the Middlefield Library. Contact Adele for more information: 440.724.2058

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PREP + Mom’s Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets the first Thursday of each month at 10:30am at Senders Pediatrics
in South Euclid. For more information call 216.291.9210

Lakewood Family Room – Nursing Mom’s Chat
Meets every Wednesday at 9:30am at the Lakewood Methodist Church.
For more information call: 216.521.7580

Mama Chat Baby Group 
Meets every Thursday at 11:00am and the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at The Breastfeeding Center in Massillon. For more information call 330.837.0220

University Hospitals

Elyria Breastfeeding Support Group
Holds meetings multiple times per week at the Elyria Medical Center Lactation Services.
For more information call 440.329.7466 or email Tina at [email protected]

Westlake Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Wednesday at 10:00am at St. John Medical Center, community outreach room. For more information call 440.827.5451

Eastside Mom and Baby Support Group
Meets every Tuesday at 11:00am and the first Thursday of every month at 6:30pm at Landerbrook Health Center. For more information call 440.995.3830

Lake Health

Lake County Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Wednesday at 10:00am at Tripoint Medical Center in the obstetrics conference room. For more information call: 440.354.1929

Cleveland Clinic

Independence Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Tuesday at 10:00am at Independence Family Health Center, Crown Center building. For more information call: 216.986.4000

Solon Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Wednesday at 3:00pm at the Solon Family Health Center, fourth floor conference room. For more information call: 440.519.6800

Strongsville Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Wednesday at 1:30pm at the Strongsville Family Health Center, community room. For more information call: 440.878.2500

Willoughby Hills Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Thursday at 1:00pm at the Willoughby Hills Family Health Center.
For more information call: 440.516.8312

Rocky River Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Monday and Wednesday at 1:00pm at the Fairview Wellness Center, room 205. For more information call: 440.356.0347

Mayfield Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00am and the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at Hillcrest Hospital, North Campus, west entrance.
For more information call: 440.312.5332

Medina Breastfeeding Support Group
Meets every Thursday at 1:00pm at Medina Hospital Family Birthing Center.
For more information call: 330.721.5090

There are so many great breastfeeding support groups in Cleveland. For optimal nursing success, connect with several community resources. Taking a comprehensive childbirth education course to learn about how your pregnancy and birth experience influence your nursing success. Talk with Cleveland mothers who chose placenta encapsulation to help enhance lactation and boost milk supply, and consider hiring a postpartum doula, who will provide your family with practical assistance, guidance, and encouragement.

Ohio Offers Free Baby Boxes To New Parents

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Ohio is now offering new parents a free Baby Box filled with essential newborn items. Learn about this awesome universal initiative and find out how to get your Baby Box!

The Baby Box Company is working with hospitals, community health organizations, and the non-profit Babies Need Boxes Ohio to give away cardboard box beds, for every newborn in the state this year, in an effort to reduce high infant-mortality rates.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported a decline in sudden unexplained infant deaths since the mid-1990’s, after introducing the ‘back to sleep’ campaign. Health officials began telling parents to place babies on their backs to sleep in an effort to reduce infant death rates. Though this campaign was quite successful, thousands of babies still die every year from from preventable sleep related deaths. Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rate in the country, and the number of babies dying from sleep-related causes has actually increased in recent years. It is, largely in part, due to these statistics that The Baby Box Company brought this program to Ohio.

The Baby Box program may be a new idea to Ohio families, but is actually a 75 year old Finnish tradition. During the 1930s, Finland had very high infant mortality rates. In an aggressive effort to lower these deaths, Finland introduced a universal maternity care package in 1938. The initiative entitles every expectant woman in the country to a free Baby Box once she receives prenatal care and parenting information from  healthcare professionals. This effort is credited with radically decreasing the country’s infant mortality rate from 65 deaths for each 1,000 children born in 1938 to 3 deaths per 1,000 births in 2013. Finland now boasts one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.

Ohio is now the second State to offer this program to all new and expectant parents. New Jersey launched the inaugural Baby Box program in January 2017.

Supporters of this effort say the box-beds can be used during an infant’s first months to reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths. The Baby Box Company and its affiliates want to distribute as many as 140,000 boxes this year, which is about the number of annual births in Ohio. “We don’t really think that this in itself is going to stop infant sleep-related deaths, but it’s a way for us to give parents the education and tools to make that less likely, [and to] help them succeed,” said Celina Cunanan, Director of Midwifery Services for University Hospitals in Cleveland. The universal approach of this program will help all babies have equal access to a safe sleep space and essential items.

To get your baby box, register with Baby Box University, select the ‘Ohio Syllabus’ and complete the watchlist with quiz.  The videos discuss various topics, including: prenatal health, safe-sleep practices, breastfeeding, child-spacing, and perinatal mental health. Once complete, you can print your certificate and pick-up a baby box at participating locations, or have it mailed to your home.

The Nurturing Root is very excited about the Baby Box program. We are committed to helping expectant and new families with evidence-based information, education, and community resources. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about Northeast Ohio Baby Box pick-up locations.