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Emotional Support

Breastfeeding and pumping is as much an emotional process as a physical one. Please know we are here to support you. You and your family can use this compiled list of resources to find information regarding a wide range of topics related to lactation and breastfeeding.

Groups and Services

Navigating life as a parent can be challenging. Support groups can help you find community through shared experiences. Knowing you are not alone in your struggles and triumphs can have a positive impact on mental health. We have provided some groups below but encourage you to look for ones that fit your interests.

  • Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle — This organization's mission is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as the cultural norm and optimal feeding method for mothers and babies of African Descent in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.
  • Le Leche League — Helps parents, families and communities to breastfeed, chestfeed and human milk feed their babies through parent-to-parent support Find a listing of Virtual Meetings and Local Meetings.
  • Parent/Primary Caregiver Support Group — PA Parent and Family Alliance offers a weekly virtual support group where parents can discuss questions and issues with each other and build a sense of community.
  • Fathers Trying Together — This is a group for single fathers and caregivers. You can connect with others to learn how to cope with stress, overcome barriers and bond with your child.
  • Women’s Rap — Offered through the Homewood Family Center, this is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to engage in self-care by gaining encouragement and support from others.
  • Allegheny Family Network — Offers a variety of groups and ways for parents to come together, including specific groups for foster parents and fathers.

Articles on Postpartum and  Depression

The following articles provide information on postpartum depression, which can arise as a result of pregnancy and experiences following birth. If you have a medical concern, please contact your healthcare provider.

Partners and Families

Partners and families can provide support by sanitizing equipment, defrosting milk and storing it properly, watching for signs of depression and fatigue, and taking on added tasks in order provide you with time to pump. However, sensitivity or ignorance around the topic of breastfeeding can sometimes lead to an emotional and labor-intensive burden on those expressing milk. The following information can be helpful for building supportive breastfeeding environments at home.