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Get free breastfeeding help.

Whether you need urgent help with breastfeeding right now, or you're expecting soon and want to be prepared, Nursing Mothers Counsel can help. Sign up today for a personal counselor or take a free breastfeeding prep class.


How it works

A mother, or anyone supporting her, may contact Nursing Mothers Counsel with questions about breastfeeding. A counselor will work with you directly by phone or email to address your needs. If in-person help is needed, a counselor (depending on location) can come to your home to meet with you and your nursling(s).

Nursing Mothers Counsel also provides free Introduction to Breastfeeding classes  at various Bay Area locations, and runs a free support group.

Who we are

Nursing Mothers Counsel is a nonprofit organization supporting the personal breastfeeding goals of mothers with free, one-on-one assistance and education. We have breastfed a baby of our own for at least six months and received in-depth training in lactation and counseling.

Read more about our mission, or learn about our counselor training.

Call us now

Our counselors are available between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. PT, 7 days a week.

Sometimes you need help right now. If that's the case, please call 650 327-MILK (6455) to speak to a counselor over the phone. Most problems can be solved with a quick phone call, but if more help is needed, you can be matched with a counselor in your area. We have counselors in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Santa Cruz County Area. If you do not require a home visit, any counselor can answer questions by phone or email, in any area of the USA, or abroad.

Fill out our online form

If your need isn't urgent, or you'd like to be placed with a counselor ahead of your due date, please use our online contact form and someone will be in touch as soon as possible with next steps. We look forward to talking with you. 



Take a free Introduction to Breastfeeding class

Nursing Mothers Counsel provides free prenatal breastfeeding classes at locations around the San Francisco Bay Area. Choose a class based on date and/or location. We suggest taking a class a month or two before your due date. By attending a class, you'll automatically be paired with an NMC counselor who you can contact for personalized help as soon as you need it.

Expectant parents and their partners are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Breastfeeding is most successful when the home environment is supportive and informed.

All classes are held on Saturdays from 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM


To register for this free class please complete the form below

Name *
In case we need to contact you about the class
Due date *
Due date
If you are an observer or family member who is not pregnant use today's date.
Hospital name, birth center, home
How did you hear about this class? *

Class locations & dates

Redwood Shores Public Library
399 Marine Parkway
Redwood City, CA

  • March 2, 2019

  • June 1

  • October 5

Tiny Tots Boutique
138 Railway Avenue
Campbell, CA

  • January 19, 2019

  • February 16

  • March 16

  • April 20

  • May 18

  • June 15

  • July 20

  • August 17

  • September 28

  • October 19

  • November 16


Pumps & supplies

Rent a Medela hospital grade pump

Nursing Mothers Counsel has pump rental stations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. A counselor will meet you at the rental station with the pump, all the supplies needed to get started, walk you through the steps, and answer any questions or concerns.

We carry the Medela Symphony, Classic, and Latina pumps. Each station is stocked with accessories and other breastfeeding supplies such as an SNS (supplemental nursing system) and breast shells (for sore or inverted nipples). Our prices are competitive, if not lower than, with other sources. We also have reduced or no cost programs for those who qualify.

Nursing Mothers Counsel also carries pumps for sale at competitive prices. If you're looking to purchase a pump, please mention this in your message.

Interested in renting or learning more about our program? Please fill out the below and someone will be in touch as soon as possible.

Name *
Phone *

rental stations

Pacifica, CA
Redwood City, CA
San Jose, CA (Coming soon!)