Saturday, August 2, 2008

Breastfeeding Resources for Central Maine Mamas


The Augusta/Gardiner Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Contact Katherine via email or at 582-8250 for more information. I think Katherine is also organizing or has organized an evening meeting time as well.

The Bangor Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 10am. Contact Melanie via email or at 942-2362 for more information.

The Lewiston/Auburn Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Contact Nancy via email or at 782-6645 for more information.

The Brunswick Group meets on the third Monday of each month at 9:30am. Contact Linda via email or at 221-

Complete list of LLLI meetings in ME, including Bridgton, Camden/Rockland, Skowhegan, Norway and others.

Many hospitals offer breastfeeding support groups, which can be a terrific breastfeeding (and parenting!) resource. Most are led by trained lactation consultants. You can also contact the lactation consultants listed for information on breastfeeding classes to take before your baby's birth. Some hospitals also sell breastfeeding supplies. I know MaineGeneral in Augusta does, and Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick does as well.

MaineGeneral Augusta Campus, offers a general breastfeeding support group, led by Janet Sirois (626-1426). This group meets four times a month at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta Campus, 6 E. Chesnut Street, Augusta. Meetings alternate between Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., or Wednesdays, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call Janet for a schedule.

MaineGeneral Waterville Campus, offers a general breastfeeding support group, led by Cheryl Bean-Moody (872-1625). This group meets twice a month, 12:30 to 2 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m., in Dean 2, MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer Campus, 149 North Street, Waterville. Call Cheryl for a schedule.

Inland Hospital offers a breastfeeding support group ,led by Connie Finley (861-3100). This group meets most Fridays at 1pm at the hosptial's birth center. Call Connie for a schedule.

I think Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) in Lewiston has a support group, but I can't find it on their website. For additional information, contact Gloria Oullette or Vicki Roy, their lactation consultants, at 795-2528.

St. Mary's Hospital, in Lewiston, does not offer a support group, but you can contact their lactation consultant, Gail Martell, at 783-6987 to get breastfeeding class information.

Mid Coast Hospital, in Brunswick, offers a range of breastfeeding services. These include a Nursing Mother's Tea held the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. and the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. in Mid Coast Hospital’s Café Conference Room, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, breastfeeding classes, and a boutique that sells supplies. Jerri Walker is Mid Coast's lactation consultant, she can be reached on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 373-6530.

WIC (Women Infants and Children Nutrition Program) also offers breastfeeding resources, including breastpumps for women who meet certain criteria.

From their site: Who can apply for the Maine WIC Nutrition Program? Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or had a baby in the past six months. Infants and children up to the age of five including foster children. Fathers may apply for their children. You must live in Maine or be a migrant working in Maine.

Locations include:

Midcoast Maine Community Action Program
34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, ME 04530
Tel: 442-7963 or 1-800-221-2221

HealthReach Network
263 Water St., 4 th Floor, Augusta, ME 04330 (621-6202)
63 Eustis Parkway., Waterville, ME 04901 (872-1593)
165 North Ave., Skowhegan, ME 04976 (474-7463)

Western Maine Community Action Program
1 Auburn Center, Auburn, ME 04210
Tel: 795-4016 or 1-877-512-8856

If you know of any other breastfeeding resources for Central Maine mamas, please leave a comment!

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes in Central Maine

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't a resource just for moms in Maine, but is a new book, just released in September, called "Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy". The author is self-published and it's only available through her website. If you click on the picture of the front cover of the book, you can see excerpts from the book -- it looks just wonderful! I can't wait to get my copy.

December 20, 2008 at 7:02 AM  

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