As a longtime lactation educator, I am dedicated to helping you and your baby enjoy a comfortable, healthy nursing experience if you choose to breastfeed. When I can’t help, I will refer you to a reputable, certified lactation consultant.

Great Breastfeeding Books

  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding  by Diane Weissinger (2010)
  • The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins (2010 25th Anniversary Issue)
  • The Breastfeeding Book by Martha and William Sears (2000)
  • Breastfeeding with Confidence by Sue Cox (2006)
  • Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC FILCA, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD IBCLC

Breast Pump Rental/Sales

Lactation Consultants

Le Leche League of Los Angeles

Le Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend the monthly Group Meetings or call a Leader for breastfeeding help. La Leche League of Washington also provides health care professionals with continuing education opportunities and access to the latest research on lactation management. Find a group near you:  or Email: or call (323) 595-4006.

Human Milk Banking

Human milk banks were formed to provide this needed milk safely to premature infants and other infants, children and adults with special needs. Human milk is processed according to guidelines established by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) written in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Donors are healthy nursing moms who meet strict standards, including:

  • Excellent health
  • No current medication
  • Milk in excess of her own baby's needs
  • No detection of HIV-1 and 2, Hepatitis B and C
  • HTLV-1 and 2, and syphilis through blood tests
  • Negative TB skin test
  • Following explicit instructions in the hygienic

Collection and handling of milk: All milk is pasteurized to kill both CMV and HIV, while preserving the unique immune properties. A postpasteurization bacterial culture is performed and must comply with standards of no growth. Donated milk is available with a doctor's prescription only. For that reason, the processing fee charged to recipients may be covered by insurance. Financial aid may be available for families who qualify. No child with a demonstrated medical need is denied milk because of inability to pay the processing fees. 

To donate your breast milk in Los Angeles:
Mother's Milk Bank San Jose:
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America, Inc.: