Dr. Lily Harris

 May 23, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children continues a regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

“What are the best resources available to our families for pediatric medical information and guidance?”

We define “best resource” as being:

  • Based on the best science
  • Presented in a practical and easy-to-understand format
  • Regularly updated as we find new things
  • Not a replacement for your pediatrician’s advice – intended to supplement and keep everyone well informed!

Today’s topic:

Breastfeeding and Lactation

RCAM Approved Resource

Our Lactation Consultants

  • We offer lactation support practically every weekday at both Duraleigh and Brier Creek office locations from certified lactation consultants
  • They also provide support by phone when you can’t be seen in person
  • Come in early and often – our lactation consultants are quick to acknowledge that “breastfeeding Is natural and best for baby but often doesn’t always come easy; come in early and often
  • Participating in a breastfeeding class before your baby is born is a helpful first step (many listed below)

Nursing Mothers of Raleigh


  • Volunteer mothers
  • Provide support and encouragement for breastfeeding mothers
  • They offer in home support, phone support, online resources, and free local meetings

Rex Lactation Services


Phone: 919-784-3224

  • Prenatal and postnatal classes
  • In-Hospital Lactation Store where they offer breastfeeding supplies, hospital-grade pump rental, and bra-fitting services for nursing bras

WakeMed Lactation Services


Phone: 919-350-5742

  • Free breastfeeding support groups meeting in three different locations
  • Breastfeeding classes and online education about breastfeeding
  • Hospital-grade breast pump rental

Mothers’ Milk Bank-WakeMed


Phone: 919-350-8599

Email: mothersmilkbank@wakemed.org

  • Non-profit milk bank
  • Provides safe donor milk to premature babies in hospitals all along the eastern coast
  • Their website offers information about donating breast milk
  • Outpatient dispensing of donor milk is available when supply permits.



  • Simply plug in your zip code to find breastfeeding support that is close to you



Phone: 919-250-4720, Option 6

  • Supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children
  • Intended for breastfeeding mothers that qualify for the WIC program
  • Breastfeeding classes in English and Spanish
  • Breastfeeding peer counselors
  • Breast pumps for rent
  • In-home support, phone support, and other resources

Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance


  • Organization of healthcare professional working together to care for breastfeeding families in the triangle
  • Although the website is geared more towards medical professionals, it does offer breastfeeding education including prenatal breastfeeding information, tips for new breastfeeding mothers, working mothers breastfeeding, and breastfeeding humor