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 has multiple chapters, hosting meetings throughout Northeast Ohio. Find more information about your local chapter here.
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.
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.
Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00am at the Middlefield Library. Contact Adele for more information: 440.724.2058
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
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 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
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.