Get a Breastfeeding Helper

All over the world, women learn how to nurse from experienced moms. Here in the United States, we may not always have family or friends nearby to help us. Or our family or friends may not know how to help with our breastfeeding challenges. Luckily, the Alliance has breastfeeding helpers, trained to help moms learn to breastfeed. They have breastfed their own babies too. See Breastfeeding Help below for details!

The Best Start for Your New Baby

Breast milk is amazing food. It is custom-made to help your baby grow strong and healthy. It even changes when your baby’s needs change.

Because it is custom-made for your baby, it is easy to digest.  Breastfed babies have fewer ear problems, colds and certain allergies.  They also are less at risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Breastfeeding is good for mothers too! It helps build a special bond between mother and baby. It can also reduce the risk for anemia (not enough blood cells), osteoporosis (bone loss), and some cancers. 

Doctors say most moms should feed their babies only breast milk the first 6 months. Moms should continue to breastfeed for at least 12 months, or longer if both child and mother desire. The World Health Organization recommends continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.

Breastfeeding Help

  • Breastfeeding support: Alliance breastfeeding helpers provide expert, no-cost support by phone or in your home. Members can simply call one of the helpers listed below or call Health Programs for a referral. All helpers are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). They can access an interpreter to assist a member in a non-English language.
    • Tina Benitez, IBCLC 510-206-7080 (Spanish & English)
    • Brandi Gates, IBCLC 510-372-3026
    • Allana Samuel, IBCLC 510-999-6455
  • Breastfeeding Help (IBCLC) flyer
  • Providers or community partners can refer Alliance members to a Lactation Consultant using the Lactation Referral Form.
  • Breast Pumps: The Alliance covers breast pumps when needed. Just ask your doctor, your baby’s doctor, or one of the Alliance IBCLC's about getting a pump. To request a pump, they can fill out the Breast Pump Request Form. If you need help learning how to use your pump, you can call an Alliance IBCLC at the numbers above.
  • Booklets and Flyers


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