Breastfeeding Support Group Directory {Rhode Island}

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When and if you are in need of assistance in the art of breastfeeding your little one, here is a list of local resources for caregivers to get the help and community they need.

Chocolate Milk Cafe RI is a group offered thru Our Journ3i. Chocolate milk is a breastfeeding support group whose meetings are intentionally purposed for black identifying breastfeeders and their families. The group is facilitated by Q. Osario, CLC. Meetings are held every first Thursday of the month at 199 Camp St. Providence, RI 02906 from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm. You can follow Chocolate Milk on Facebook or call 401.307.1882.

Baby Cafe, USA is a breastfeeding support group for families that is open to all. Support is available, as well as an IBCLC during meetings. The facilitator Salina is a CLC and meetings are held every Thursday morning at The Scalabrini Center at 300 Laurel Hill Ave. in Providence. You can follow Baby Cafe on Facebook for updated information.

La Leche League of Rhode Island (translated: The Milk League) has five leaders in RI with meetings happening every second Saturday in Warwick at Bellani Maternity from 1:30pm-3pm in Warwick facilitated by Mimi, CLC, every second Friday in Providence at Rochambeau Library from 1:15pm-2:45pm facilitated by Kristina, and on the last Wednesday of each month Leigh facilitates a meeting also in Providence. Newport meetings coming soon facilitated by Angela. Meetings being facilitated by Katie will be held in Barrington. La Leche League can be followed on Facebook.

Women and Infants nursing group meets every Wednesday from 12 noon until 1:30 pm there is a rotating staff of IBCLCs that help to facilitate this group and some of these lovely facilitators are even available via the Women & Infants answering service. For more information call 800.711.7011.

Newport Hospital has a women’s only breastfeeding support group that meets every Thursday from 12:30-2pm on the 7th floor of the hospital. For more information moms can call 401. 845.1110.

South County Hospital (Wakefield) offers a breastfeeding support group every Tuesday from 10am-12 noon. This group is held in the Potter Wing of the hospital and facilitated by Jilian, IBCLC. Call 401.788.1226 for any further questions.

South County Hospital (Westerly) offers a breastfeeding support group every Friday from 2 pm-4 pm. This group is held at the South County Health Medical & Wellness Center also facilitated by Jillian, IBCLC. Call 401.788.1226 for any further questions.

Kent Hospital has breastfeeding support/ new mothers groups on Wednesdays at 10:30 am facilitated by Jamelle, IBCLC. You can call with questions or to get more details of the group at 401.737.7010 ext. 33332.

Landmark Hospital offers a breastfeeding class once a month taught by Denise. Please call 401.769.4100, Ext 2218 for details.

Breastfeeding Your Way facilitated by Jenn and meets the 1st and 3rd Monday’s of every month from 10 am- 11:30 am. Meetings are located at 410 North Broadway in East Providence. Call 401.524.7562 for details.

Healthy Babies Happy Moms has a breastfeeding support group that makes mention they welcome formula feeling mothers to the group as well. Their meetings are held in Saturdays and you can reach the facilitators at 401.209.2358.

Finally, thank you for breastfeeding/chestfeeding your little one! If you need more information and support on breastfeeding you can contact the Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition, you local WIC office, Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast, your local doula or a peer. If you’d like to read more about our experiences with breastfeeding check out this article on breastfeeding a toddler, Black Breastfeeding Week, and a grandmother’s memories of breastfeeding. It does take a village to nourish a child no matter how you choose to feed and we are going to support each other.

For more Pregnancy and Postpartum Resources check out our Pregnancy/Postpartum Support Guide.

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Shaylene was born and raised in Providence RI (although her family moved around a bit) and usually just shouting out "Shay!" will get you what you need. She loves to serve her community one caregiver at a time, whether it be through breastfeeding support, babywearing education, play dates, online chats, or just a coffee run! Shay has what she needs to fill her cup and LOVES to serve from her abundance! Volunteering is her personal passion, and her job as a medical professional means that her worlds often collide in a glorious fashion; no matter where she goes there are happy people all around her. An independent mother of 2, you can usually find Shay with her two (royal) daughters she has affectionately dubbed the Duchess and Lady of her home. Together, they work hard so they can play harder on the weekends! Welcome to her world... she hopes Providence Mom readers are ready to enjoy the ride!