Resource Guide 2020-06-11T04:29:47-07:00

Breastfeeding Resource Guide

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A central resource for information such as breastfeeding helplines, providers of lactation services, hospital breastfeeding services, general resources, anklyoglossia (tongue-tie) services, and breast pump companies serving San Diego County.


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*Spanish spoken

American Red Cross WIC*
Grossmont Hospital Women’s Center
Kaiser Permanente Lactation Clinic
La Leche League of San Diego County
La Leche League Spanish Line *
Naval Medical Center San Diego
North County Health Services WIC*
Palomar Health
San Ysidro Health WIC*
Scripps Memorial Hospital – Encinitas
Scripps Memorial Hospital – La Jolla
Scripps Mercy Hospital WIC*
SDSU Foundation WIC*
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women
Tri-City Medical Center
UCSD Medical Center *

(800) 500-6411
(619) 740-4983
(866) 940-2218
(858) 848-6455
*(858) 792-5009
(619) 532-5261
*(888) 477-6333
(760) 796-6802
(888) 942-7942
(760) 633-7850
(858) 626-4538
(619) 260-3400
(888) 999-6897
(858) 939-4127
(760) 940-7745
(858) 249-5727
*(619) 543-7149


Although listed by address, the sources listed below provide services throughout San Diego County. The credentials listed after their names are listed as the individual requested and have not been verified by the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition. The San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition does not certify or guarantee any services provided. Some breastfeeding services accept insurance and MediCal. Ask when you call.

**During the current COVID-19 situation, some lactation providers are offering their lactation support services via phone and online, highlighted in color**


Patty Bell Usher, RD, IBCLC (307) 752-4854 In-home lactation counseling, support and prenatal classes in the South Bay and surrounding areas. Providing the right help at the right time for new moms.

Best Milk LLC- (619) 393-9307 Jen Peters, MSN, RN, IBCLC & Michelle Snyder, MS, RD, IBCLC – offers a unique spin on lactation consulting by providing personalized in home and virtual infant feeding and 4th trimester support. Jen will be by your side offering evidence-based advice, manageable and concise feeding plans, and unwavering support in finding the BEST milk for you and your baby., **Offering virtual consults and breastfeeding classes **

Breastfeeding Consultants of San Diego, LLC Heather Shabestari BS, IBCLC, RLC (619) 677-2730 Provides in-home and in-office lactation consultations; free breastfeeding support groups; breastfeeding classes, knowledgeable in milk supply issues, tongue-tie, poor suck, fussy baby, baby not gaining weight, reflux, milk blister, clogged ducts, etc. Call/email for more information. Accepts Aetna insurance. **Virtual and phone lactation consultations

Best Start Birth Center (619) 299-0840 Office 800-470 BABY (2229) Provides education and resources for natural childbirth, WATER BIRTH, lactation and postpartum support. 3630 Enterprise Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Mamas & Milk Dawn Dickerson, M.Ed, IBCLC, RLC CD(DONA), RYT, Carlee Rivera-Sims, IBCLC  Private Lactation consults in-home or in-office; free weekly support groups. Specialize in milk supply issues, premature babies, latching issues, mastitis and more. Accept Aetna Preferred and UCSD Managed Care Insurances. Offer Baby Moves Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Birth Story Listening. Classes and Support Groups are held at: RISE Prime Wellness, 5550 Carmel Mountain Rd, Ste 208, San Diego, 92130 858-218-6455

North County Birth and Beyond Dianne Randall, IBCLC, LCCE (619) 851-2445 Breastfeeding consultations in your home or my office. Prenatal breastfeeding classes. Serving central San Diego to Encinitas. Visit my web site at:

San Diego Breastfeeding Center Robin Kaplan San Diego Breastfeeding Center (619) 724-4117. In-home and in-office private lactation consults; free weekly support groups; prenatal/postpartum breastfeeding classes. Specializes in tongue/lip ties, latch difficulties, milk supply challenges and more. Aetna PPO Preferred Provider, authorized Tricare Provider, authorized UCSD Managed Care provider, reduced fee for MediCal. **Offering Telehealth appointments and free virtual breastfeeding support groups**

Serenity Breastfeeding (619) 990-6479. Christine Hennes, IBCLC Nurture-Empower-Teach Lactation consults in the comfort of your home. More than 20 years experience working with over 15,000 families. Specializing in correct latch, also knowledgeable in lip/tongue tie issues, and milk supply concerns, and clogged ducts. Go to my website to view appointment availability and also to self-schedule a consultation.  *Offering Virtual consultations  and 2 FREE breastfeeding support groups each week: Tuesday 2:30 & Friday 9:30**

Children’s Primary Care Group Prenatal and post-birth lactation consultation as well as well-baby care with a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. We will bill your insurance.   Laura Wheeler MSN CPNP IBCLC (858) 459-4351, 4150 Regents Park Row #355 La Jolla CA 92037  **Offering In Person & Video Visits, $49 for 20 minutes on lactation support/education**     AND    Nicole Kastner MSN CPNP IBCLC (760) 547-1010, 3605 Vista Way #130, Oceanside CA 92056

Mother to Mother Midwifery is a group practice that consists of  4 midwives who provide education, resources and support for natural childbirth, home birth, water birth, lactation, postpartum care and well-woman care. Also host a weekly Mothering and Breastfeeding Support Group, led by our midwives and CLEC students. Breastfeeding supplies are sold at our office, including Legendairy Milk products. Office (619) 220-8189; On-Call Midwife (619) 297-2229;    1816 Howard Ave, San Diego, CA, 92103

Nightingale Baby Jennifer Gathman, RN, BSN, IBCLC Call or text 858-225-4691 Offering virtual prenatal/postpartum lactation consults, education, and support, prenatal labor consults, perinatal mental health support (peer counseling), support groups.


Babies in Bloom Rochelle McLean IBCLC, CCE, CD Supporting breastfeeding families since 1998. (760) 940-BABY (2229)  Babies in Bloom Birth Center & Boutique offers classes, support and natural products for your baby & family: breastfeeding supplies and accessories (including breast pump and scale rentals). Breastfeeding classes, free support groups, online support and personal lactation consultations in our office or your home. 1948 Via Centre, Vista, CA 92081

Latching With Love Wendy Colson RN, IBCLC Over 23 years’ experience helping moms and babies specializing in pre-term and term suck issues, latch difficulties, low milk supply, lip and tongue-tie management; Out-patient consultations in North County ONLY, corporate lactation programs, and a community mentor for nursing and lactation students; Founder of Boobie Bar/Boobie Body. ACCEPTS MOST INSURANCES

Best Baby Ever at Whole Life Home Care (858) 369-5930  2235 Encinitas Blvd, #206, Encinitas, CA 92024 Valentina Caputo IBCLC, Heidi Burke-Pevney IBCLC, Kimberly Loeser-Murphy RN, IBCLC In Home and Office visits available. Experience specializing in low milk supply, latch difficulties & pain, tongue/lip tie issues, breast refusal, multiples and preemies. Supportive Holistic Postpartum Care with doulas and lactation. **Offering Virtual Q and A with new breastfeeding moms**


Family Health Centers of San Diego Postpartum Education Center (619) 906-4621. 1827 Logan Ave. Suite 2, San Diego, CA 92113. Patients in our Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) receive breastfeeding educational sessions during pregnancy, and lactation support post-partum.

*Babies at their Best Reyna Joselevitz (Malke) IBCLC, CCE, Certified HUG teacher (619) 838-2494 BILINGUAL ENGLISH/SPANISH

Littles Lactation Nutritionist. Erin Jackson RD, IBCLC  (619) 243-9627  **Providing online breastfeeding and nutrition courses and consultations.


Breastfeeding with Grace Grace Magill, BS, IBCLC, RLC, LLL (858) 271-0913 In breastfeeding field since 1976. IBCLC since 2002. Breastfeeding consultations in your home or my home office. Prenatal breastfeeding classes. Free support group Weds 10-11AM at Angelika Theater Carmel Mtn.  All breastfeeding aides. Specializations: Tongue/lip-tie, supply issues, latch, suck problems, pumping, supplementing, back to work. **Offering Phone and Facetime consultations**

Expecting Wellness Kara Sunderland, BSN, RN, PHN, IBCLC, MLD Therapist (858) 247-1417 UCSD Managed Care Provider, Aetna Provider, and Fee-for-Service Provider. I offer comprehensive infant feeding support services and lymphatic treatments to reduce pain and swelling. **Offering Virtual consults for those eligible through insurance plan**

Kellie Hunziker MPH, RD, IBCLC 760-580-1907 Breastfeeding consultation in the comfort of your home. Also, private prenatal breastfeeding classes, nutritional counseling, and assistance with pump rentals and other breastfeeding supplies.

Best Baby Ever Heidi Burke-Pevney, IBCLC. Lactation Services offering telehealth and phone consultations to breastfeeding mothers in need of support. Cell: 760.443.8683 Office: 858.369.5930


Sharp Healthcare Lactation Services

Sharp Grossmont Women’s Center (619) 740-4983 Breastfeeding support warmline. Breastfeeding support group available Mon 1-3:30pm and Thurs 9-11:30am with experienced RN lactation consultants; Breast pump rentals and sales along with limited nursing supplies available for purchase. 5555 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 **Continues to offer breast pump rentals during COVID-19; Support Groups are currently cancelled**

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Women’s and Infant’s Services (619) 502-5848, please leave a message.  751 Medical Center Court, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns: New Beginnings Boutique (858) 939-4127 Offer breastfeeding support 7 days/week. Variety of supplies including breast pump and baby weigh scale rentals, nursing bras and clothes and much more. Hours: M-F: 9am -6pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm. Breastfeeding groups Mon: 3:30–5pm; Wed & Fri: 2 – 3:30pm & NICU Mother’s Milk Club Wed: 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Call for information on outpatient services. 3003 Health Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92123 **Continues to offer weight scale and pump rentals, supplies, in-person lactation assistance with social distancing, and over the phone assistance Mon-Fri from 10-4, Sat and Sun 10-3 858-939-4127 * * Support Groups are currently cancelled**

Palomar Health Lactation Services Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes: Call (800) 628-2880 to register Outpatient Lactation Services: Breast Pump or Baby Scale Rental, availability of outpatient lactation consultations, or information on free Thursday Breastfeeding Support Group in Poway call (858) 613-4053. For info in Escondido call (442) 281-3089

**Patient advice line for breastfeeding questions after discharge from hospital**

Telephone Support Services: Please leave a message and Lactation Consultant will return your call during normal business hours Pomerado (Poway) Lactation Office – (858) 613-4053  Palomar (Escondido) Lactation Office – (442) 281-3089

Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego (858) 576-1700 x2531 Inpatient consults. 3020 Children’s Way, San Diego, CA 92123

Scripps Health Lactation Services Breastfeeding classes and support groups: 1-800-SCRIPPS or

All Scripps patients may call any of our Lactation Helplines for non-emergency questions about lactation. Every attempt will be made to return calls within 24 hours.

  • Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas       760-633-7850
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla         858-626-4538
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista (Bilingual: English/Spanish)  619-691-7212

During the COVID-19 heath care crisis, our Breastfeeding Support Groups and lactation consultations have been canceled. Online Breastfeeding Support

  • Scripps Well Being Chula Vista
    • Mondays, 1-2 p.m.
    • Call in: 619-488-8282
    • Conference ID: 5267805
    • Bilingual: English/Spanish

Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla (858) 626-4538 Mothers Boutique open M-F 9:30 – 3:30, Sat. 12–4PM. Breastfeeding support group at Good Samaritan Episcopal Wed 10-11:30 am. 9888 Genesee Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037

Scripps Mercy Hospital (619) 260-7098 Breastfeeding classes, breast pump rental and sales. Breastfeeding support group Thurs 11AM-12 PM. 4077 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Scripps Memorial Hospital-Encinitas (760) 633-7850 Breastfeeding support group at San Dieguito United Methodist Church Fri 1-2 PM. 354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, 92024

Scripps Mercy Hospital-Chula Vista (619) 691-7272   Lactation helpline 619-691-7212 (Eng/Span). Breastfeeding support group (Eng/Span) at Hospitalist Conference room, Fridays 11am-12 am .435 H Street, Chula Vista, CA 92190

Scripps Well Being Center-Chula Vista Breastfeeding support group (Eng/Span) Mondays 1-2 PM.  237 Church Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910

Vista United Methodist Church Breastfeeding support group Wed 1-2 PM. 490 South Melrose, Vista, CA 92081

UCSD Health Systems Lactation Services (858) 249-5727
Jacobs Medical Center 9300 Campus Point Dr. La Jolla
Lactation support group: Monday 1:00 – 3:00 pm 9435 Modular Building Room 1-101 (except for federal holidays) Please utilize “stork” valet parking on the west side of Jacobs Medical Center, same price a self parking. ** **During the COVID-19 heath care crisis, our Breastfeeding Support Group is not being offered right now but the warm line is up and running.

**UCSD Pediatrics (7910 Frost St site) is offering on site and telehealth visits with IBCLCs.

Tri-City Medical Center (760) 940-7745 Breastfeeding warmline. Inpatient consults & outpatient clinic services by appointment (free) (760) 940-5500. Childbirth & breastfeeding classes: 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056

Vista Community Clinic 760-631-5000 x 1070 (Breastfeeding Warm Line) In-office lactation consultations before and after birth, in Women’s Center and Pediatric Departments. 1000 Vale Terrace, Vista, CA 92084.

North County Health Services (760) 736-6767  We have 13 health clinic locations to make it easier to get affordable   healthcare in North County San Diego.

Premature Infant Nutrition Clinic (PINC) Eyla Boies, MD and Terry Lawson, RN, IBCLC Assistance in helping premature infants transition to breastfeeding, help mothers with breastmilk supply issues, evaluate fortified breastmilk feeds and monitor growth. Thursdays 9 am-1 pm; call (858) 496-4800 for appointments. 7910 Frost Street, Suite 350, San Diego, CA 92123. maternity/newborn/nicu/spin/staff/Pages/clinic.aspx **This clinic continues to see patients in person ***in-person appointments have been expanded to term infants and are being offered several days per week


San Diego Breastfeeding Center Free virtual breastfeeding support groups:

Jenna Henson Marshall, RD, IBCLC  Virtual bi-weekly support group held on Fridays May 15th, 29th, June 12th and June 26th (and beyond!) from 10 to 11am. To register email

Nightingale Baby, Jennifer Gathman, RN, BSN, IBCLC. 858-225-4691 (call or text), Over ten years of experience working with women and newborns, offering in home or in office lactation consults, labor consults, prenatal, postpartum, and breastfeeding education, support groups, and perinatal mental health support. Ongoing support that is personalized and evidence-based.,


WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) PROGRAMS
WIC offices offer classes, support groups, counseling and other
services. Ask your local WIC office for details. ** All local WIC agencies are providing services by phone to current and new participants. ** Breast pumps can be issued to eligible participants by arrangement to ensure physical distancing. **

American Red Cross WIC Program* (800) 500-6411 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123

North County Health Services WIC Program* (888) 477-6333 Warm line in Eng & Span, M-F 7:30am-4:30pm 150 Valpreda Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069 for WIC info and clinic locations

SDSU Research Foundation WIC Program* (888) 999-6897 9245 Sky Park Court, Suite 230, San Diego, CA 92123

Scripps Mercy Hospital WIC Program* (619) 260-3400 3660 7th Ave., 2nd floor, San Diego, CA 92103

San Ysidro Health WIC Program* (619) 426-7966 1655 Broadway, Suite #18, Chula Vista, 91911

La Leche League of San Diego County (858) 848-6455 (MILK) La Leche League of San Diego County Spanish Line (858) 792-5009 Parent-to-Parent support via monthly meetings, phone help, email, and Facebook

PCI’s Healthy Start provides free in-home prenatal, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting education to eligible families (including Dads!) in San Diego, with a focus on African American and immigrant communities. English, Spanish, Somali, French, and Haitian Creole speaking staff are available. (619) 791-2610 x301;

Nurturely Free online prenatal lactation education for expectant parents and health professionals. Download and follow along    from the comfort of your home. Advocacy to promote acceptance of breastfeeding in public -for a small donation, order your “thank you for breastfeeding in public” cards. Follow us on social media @nurturely.


Seth M Pransky, MD, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Rebecca Cherry, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Dr. Pransky has authored multiple peer-reviewed studies on ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) His well-known comprehensive evaluation of nursing problems includes a complete medical exam, input from the lactation consultant and pediatrician, along with maternal concerns. If appropriate, a frenulotomy is done to achieve successful nursing. 8929 University Center Lane, San Diego, CA 92122. Phone: (858) 625-0809

Children’s Dentistry, Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. A team approach to lip and tongue ties affecting Infants, Children and Teenagers. We partner with Board-Certified Lactation Consultants and Speech and Occupational Therapists to provide a comprehensive solution.

Carlsbad Children’s Dentistry: 3257 Camino de Los Coches, #304, Carlsbad, CA 92009.  (760) 633-1131                AND  Children’s Dentistry of San Diego: 10717 Camino Ruiz, #103, San Diego, CA 92126   (858) 536-1111

Jean Chan DDS & Associates is a well-established private practice with Board Certified pediatric dentists that specialize in the release of lip and tongue-ties with a leading-edge CO2 laser and cold laser therapy for optimum healing. We have over 25 years of experience and offer FREE after care visits. NO INSURANCE, NO PROBLEM- WE OFFER A MEMBERSHIP PLAN. (619) 579-2363  260 E Chase Ave #101 El Cajon, CA 92020

Team Tongue Tie Alisa Sacker Pediatrician/IBCLC, Rosanne Berger, Dentist/IBCLC, Jarrah Foster IBCLC are providing state of the art CO2 laser frenectomies for babies, kids, and adults; lactation support and extensive aftercare follow up care included. Let us help make breastfeeding more comfortable and effective for our Moms and babies. Phone: (858) 480-9454,, 12625 High Bluff Drive, Ste #313, San Diego, CA 92130. **Currently Open to healthy patients **


Unimom is dedicated to increasing breastfeeding rates. We strive for a goal of “70/24” (70% of mothers breastfeeding for 24 months). Unimom supports breastfeeding moms through sales of our quality products which allows us to allocate at least 5% of our profits to supporting breastfeeding. Visit us at, or call (954) 858-5588.

Medela, Inc. A long-time champion of breast-feeding, Medela is the only company to develop products based on research by the world’s leading lactation experts. (800) 435-8316

Motif Medical makes breast pumps and maternity compression garments covered by insurance. Qualify for desktop and portable breast pumps, pregnancy support bands and postpartum recovery support garments at



Did you know many childcare providers in San Diego County are dedicated to supporting your decision to breastfeed? Breastfeeding-Friendly San Diego partners don’t just tolerate breastfeeding – they go out of their way to wholeheartedly support it. The Breastfeeding-Friendly San Diego program works with childcare providers to create breastfeeding-friendly environments and practices.

Find a designated BFSD childcare near you: If you’ve decided to breastfeed or are still considering your options, be sure to seek out breastfeeding-friendly child-care providers. Your childcare provider’s support will be an important part to meeting your breastfeeding goals.

Find additional resources for caregivers

For breastfeeding-friendly resources to support friends, family, babysitters and nannies who may also watch your breastfed baby visit the link:

Are you a child care provider in San Diego County?

If you are a childcare provider or know of a childcare provider that would like to be recognized as a Breastfeeding-Friendly San Diego (BFSD) partner please visit: Free resources and materials, available in English and Spanish, are available to help sites complete the Building Blocks to Breastfeeding-Friendly to become a recognized BFSD partner.

For free local breastfeeding support groups, visit our guide HERE.

If you would like to included in our Breastfeeding Resource Guide, please contact us at

Created by: San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition

Updated: April 4, 2020