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The village that raises a family…

house with path up to doorBecoming a parent is like moving to another country. You’ve read about it, seen pictures and made plans. Nonetheless, it takes time to get familiar with all that’s new. It helps to have some guides who know the area. Here’s a list of resources for new families to help you on your journe

Reliable resources for new parents.
IBCLC’s who make home visits from North of Boston to Central Massachusetts.

The definitive resource about medications in mother’s milk.
Download this free app: LactMed
There’s also:  and their phone line  806-352-2519.

Breast pump rentals, sales and support
Michelle Stolow, IBCLC is in Maynard.
Dot Norcross, IBCLC and her colleagues are in Newton.

• Mother’s Milk Bank: to donate or receive
For mothers who want to donate breast milk, or for mothers who need a small supply for awhile, the Mothers Milk Bank NorthEast is an excellent resource.
“The Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast is a non-profit community milk bank operating under the guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA).”

Places to meet with other mothers. These groups are free.
• The Baby Cafe USA  Free!
A Baby Cafe is always free, drop-in, near public transportation, has an IBCLC facilitator, an infant scale, meets weekly and has snacks!  There are several in Boston and environs. You can locate one near you on the website.

Parental Stress Hotline: 1-800-632-8188.

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Robin Snyder-Drummond, BA, IBCLC