As a new mom, I found myself longing to be in community with other mothers. I wanted to talk to moms who were in a similar phase of life that I was having just given birth. I felt this strong emotional post-birth rawness, I was shocked with the process of postpartum healing, and I also wanted to talk about nursing, babies, sleep, and how much I was getting pooped on. As a first time mom, I had a ton of questions especially about breastfeeding. So I bundled up my newborn son and off I went to breastfeeding support group. Breastfeeding group was so much more for me than just going to ask questions. I ended up learning a wealth of women's wisdom about nursing from all the other women's questions and concerns, it was sometimes my excuse to shower that day, or not, and it was just nice to be in community with other new moms.
Breastfeeding group was helpful for me later on as well. I made it a point to get to a breastfeeding support group when I was gearing up to go back to work and I had a ton of questions about pumping and schedules, I visited when I began to introduce solids, and then again when I was beginning the process of weaning. Most support groups are lead by a breastfeeding councilor or certified lactation consultant and others are peer to peer groups.
There are a abundant amount of local lactation support groups for nursing women here in Cleveland! Check out our list below to see what group meets near you or that works best with your schedule. Also, if you are looking for private one on one lactation support we offer in home breastfeeding support services and classes at The Womb Wellness Center. You can learn more by clicking HERE or giving us a call at 828-231-6159 to schedule an appointment.
Breastfeeding support groups are helpful for:
Breastfeeding Support Groups in the Greater Cleveland Area
Mama Bird Breastfeeding and Mothering Group via Zoom
1st and 3rd Thursday’s 8-9pm
Register Here: https://www.mamabirdhendry.com/groups
Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio
Prep+ Working Moms Breastfeeding Support Group: Meets the first Thursday of the month from 10:30-12:00pm at Senders Pediatics 2054 S Green Rd, South Euclid, Ohio 44121
Breastfeeding USA Westside Chapter
General Breastfeeding Meeting: Fourth Tuesday of every month at 7pm 15800 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107, Suite D
Nursing Toddlers and Preschoolers: First Friday of the Month 10:00-12:00 at the North Olmsted Library
27403 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070
La Leche League of Ohio
Meets the second Friday of the month 10-12:00pm at the Cleveland Heights Library 2345 Lee Rd Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Cleveland Westside Suburbs
LLL of Lakewood meets twice a month: The second Wednesday at 10 a.m. and the third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at rotating locations on the west side of Cleveland, OH
Once a month- date varies 10:00-12:00pm Morley Library 184 Phelps St, Painesville, Ohio 44077
1st Friday of the Month 10-12:00pm Geneva Public Library
2nd Thursday of the Month 10-12:00pm at the Middlefield Library 16167 E High St, Middlefield, Ohio 44062
Cleveland Clinic Breastfeeding Support Groups
Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center
Auditorium A, Lower Level, Crown Center Building 5001 Rockside Road, Independence 44131 Phone: 216.986.4000 | Tues. 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Cleveland Clinic Solon Family Health Center
29800 Bainbridge Road, Solon, 44139, Fourth floor conference room Phone: 440.519.6800 | Weds. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cleveland Clinic Strongsville Family Health and Surgery Center
Strongsville Family Health Center, 16761 South Park Center, Strongsville 44136 , Community Room A
Phone: 440.878.2500 | Weds. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
2570 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills, 44094 Phone: 440.516.8312 | Thurs. 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Fairview Wellness Center, Room 205
3035 Wooster Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116
Mon., Tues., Weds., Fri. 1 to 3 p.m. | Thurs. 5 to 7 p.m.
Hillcrest Hospital, North Campus
Across from Hillcrest Hospital, West Entrance
Tues. & Fri. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | 1st & 3rd Weds. 6 to 7 p.m.
Lakewood Hospital Nursing Mom’s Chat
Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 44107 Lakewood Family Room, Basement
Phone: 216.529.5018 | Weds. 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Medina Hospital Family Birthing Center (Second Floor)
1000 E. Washington St., Medina, OH 44256 Phone: 330.721.5090 | Thurs. 1 to 3 p.m.
TriPoint Medical Center: 7590 Auburn Road, Concord Twp., OH 44077 - TriPoint Physician Pavilion, Lubrizol Conference Room 2 Breastfeeding support group meets every Wednesday at 10:00 am the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm
UH Elyria Medical Center
630 East River Street Elyria, OH 44035 Support groups meets on Mondays and Fridays at 11:00am and Wednesdays at 6:00pm
St. John Medical Center: Breastfeeding support group meets on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Community Outreach Room 29000 Center Ridge Road Westlake,Ohio 44145
Do you want to learn more about the birth process, be in community with other women, find support and encouragement during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time? I encourage you to attend a women's circle, birth group, gathering, or meeting as a way to educate and prepare yourself for your birth. Or you can even start your own!
There are a variety of free monthly meetings that are open to the public all around the Greater Cleveland area. These birth group meetings are open to women who are planning a hospital or home birth and those who are pregnant or postpartum (babies welcome!).
Northeast Ohio Birth Support Groups and Women's Circles that are supporting women throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time.
About Birth Choices Educational Meetings- Hosted by Cleveland home birth midwife Pam Kolanz
When: Meets the third Monday of each month at 7pm
Location: Bainbridge Library 17222 Snyder Road Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023
Circle of Life Birth Group- Hosted by Cleveland home birth midwife Rosie Messina
When: Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm
Location: Circle of Life 15800 Detroit Ave Lakewood, OH 44177
Home Birth Options Monthly Meetings- Hosted by Cleveland home birth midwife Kimberly French
When: Every 4th Monday except Dec at 7:00pm
Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church 2592 West 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 441137:00to 9:00 p.m.
ICAN(International Cesearean Awareness Network) of Greater Cleveland
When: Meets second Wednesday of each month at 7pm
Location: Brookyln Branch Library 4480 Ridge Rd Brooklyn, OH 44144
Mother Rising Birth Story Circle- Hosted by studio owners Shauna Rich and Danielle Breech
When: Meets the Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7pm
Location: Mother Rising 137 Main Street Chardon, OH 44024
Natural Childbirth Network of Lake County- Hosted by Jenna Hall
When: No regular meetings, check their Facebook page for upcoming events
Location: Lake County- Location varies
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