NUrsing mothers counsel

We provide free breastfeeding help by phone, email, or in person.

Whether you're expecting a baby soon, or have one now, you can sign up to receive free lactation counseling services or classes from Nursing Mothers Counsel today. Learn more about the services we offer.


san francisco bay area

Anyone, anywhere, can use this number to reach a counselor during the hours of 9am-9pm Pacific Time.


santa cruz county

If you live in Santa Cruz County please use this number to reach a counselor in your area.



Our online form is ideal for less urgent matters, general inquiries, or during non business hours.

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Join Us at an Event

Nursing Mothers Counsel provides free breastfeeding classes for expecting parents and leads a bi-monthly breastfeeding group where we offer in-person support and answer questions. You'll also find us at events in your community; look for our tent or booth and stop by to say hello!


Our Mission

NMC is a non-affiliated, non-profit organization whose goal is to help mothers and their babies enjoy a relaxed and happy feeding relationship. Most of our help is provided over the telephone or by email, and we also offer home visits to resolve difficult problems. NMC services are provided without fee or obligation.

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Our Impact

Every year we compile our numbers into an annual report. See below for some of the highlights from October 2016 - September 2017.

We provide free counseling for breastfeeding mothers and their families


families counseled

More than milk

An NMC counselor often covers more than just lactation. Dads, grandmas, partners, siblings - they're all a part of the equation, and our counselors are here to answer any questions you might have, milk-related or not.

Learn to breastfeed by taking a free class


phone calls answered

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7 days a week

NMC counselors answered 104 phone calls (local as well as across the U.S. and even internationally) 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7 days a week; 27% of calls were received on weekends, holidays, or after 5 p.m. when lactation centers are closed.



free home visits

help is where you are

When a phone call or email isn't enough, our counselors are available (in the SF Bay Area) to conduct visits in your own home.


2010 Top Rated Great Non-profits

Nursing Mothers Counsel provides breastfeeding information to nursing mothers through a help line and pre-natal breastfeeding information talks. We offer training to NMC member counselors as well as other professionals who work with and want to advise nursing mothers. We offer breast pumps and supplies for sale or rent.

I took a breastfeeding class through NMC a week before my daughter was born. Out of all the preparation I did before she was born, this was the most valuable. And I also was able to sign up to have a counselor contact me after she was born.
— Talia P.