Northwest Washington Breastfeeding Resources

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Home Visits and Lactation Support (Whatcom County)

BRB Lactation Consulting. Serving Whatcom County (including Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Birch Bay, Blaine, Everson, Custer, Deming and Sumas.)  Patty Hiestand, RN, BSN, IBCLC, a maternal/child home health care nurse for 30 years and an internationally certified lactation consultant since 1998 loves helping new moms and babies -- and the wonderful dads that support them -- get off to a healthy start. To set up an in-home consult, please contact BRB Lactation at (360) 474-7092 or scheduling an appointment now. Self-referrals are accepted.


Maternity Support Services

Sea Mar Community Health Center provides breastfeeding support and infant case management services to income-eligible residents of Whatcom County. Their WIC clinic offers breast feeding peer counselors.

Answers Counseling is a provider of maternity support services, infant case management, crisis family intervention and Guardian ad Litem services. Their services are available to all Medicaid eligible pregnant women within the state of Washington.


Nurse/Family Partnerships

Whatcom County Health Department


Childbirth and Breastfeeding Classes

Bellingham Technical College offers several classes on postpartum and newborn care (including specific classes on breastfeeding) as well as childbirth and general parenting classes. (360) 752-8350.

Peace Health St. Joseph's Hospital Maternal Childcare Center, Bellingham, Washington.

La Leche League of Bellingham and Whatcom County is a group made up of experienced mothers who have breastfed their own babies and who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding.

LifeSong Perinatal Services, Bellingham, Washington, is run by birthkeeper Mary Burgess and offers doula services, breastfeeding support, breast pump rentals, home birth and post partum kits.


Local Mother-to-Mother Support Groups

Whatcom Breastfeeding Moms Weekly Mother-to-Mother Support Group, Bellingham. Whatcom Breastfeeding Moms offers free gatherings for pregnant and nursing mothers and their families.


Public Breastfeeding Information

Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington (Within Reach) provides resources and information about breastfeeding and breastfeeding promotion in Washington State.


Breast Pumps and Supplies


Apria Healthcare, 709 W. Orchard Drive #7, Bellingham, WA. (360) 738-8300.

LifeSong Perinatal Services 

Norco, 101 E. Stuart Road, Bellingham, WA. (360) 746-0826

Pacific Mother Support, Inc., Bellevue, WA.

Sea Mar Community Health Center WIC Clinic (see description above).

Whatcom County Health Department WIC Clinic (see description above).