Resources and Support Groups of Special Interest to New Mothers

PCC Family Health Centers

14 W. Lake St., Oak Park 60302
6201 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn 60402
Phone: 708-383-0113 / 708-386-0845
Breastfeeding Support Line: 708-524-7679, ext. 1 Both PCC locations offer lactation consultation and home visits, breastfeeding peer counseling program for PCC primary-care patients. Maternal depression support is available at both sites for PCC primary-care patients. Comprehensive health care for all ages, including prenatal care; accepts private insurance, Medicaid, All Kids, sliding fee scale discount program available for uninsured patients. Call for an appointment. Behavioral health services include family and couples counseling. In order to receive behavioral health services, you must be a PCC primary-care patient.

Prenatal classes are open to the public and free of charge according to the schedule listed below. For more information, please contact Lucinda Reed at 773-378-3347, ext. 4287.

Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 p.m.
PCC South
6201 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn 60402
AND
Thursdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
PCC Lake Street Family Health Center
14 W. Lake St., Oak Park 60302

 

About Breastfeeding and Bottlefeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that babies be breastfed for at least the first six months of life. Consider what makes the most sense for you and your family. Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding are both safe and healthy for your baby. Whether by breast or by bottle, feeding your newborn provides a great opportunity to cuddle and make eye contact.

Families whose babies are being breastfed may want or need specific support. It can take time and practice for mother and baby to settle into a breastfeeding routine. The following organizations provide support to nursing mothers:

 

International Lactation Consultant Association

Maintains an online directory of lactation consultants.

 

La Leche League of Oak Park/River Forest

Phone: 708-209-1127
Email: rirwin42@yahoo.com
Information and support for breastfeeding mothers; meets the first Friday of the month 10 am – noon at the Buzz Cafe (905 S. Lombard, Oak Park); also meets 7:00 – 8:30 pm the third Tuesday of each month at Pilgrim Congregational Church (460 Lake St., Oak Park). Phone support for parents with concerns about breastfeeding available between meetings.

American Academy of Pediatrics has an informative FAQ on breastfeeding.

Healthy Children is another breastfeeding resource.

 

Loyola University Medical Center Women’s Mental Health Program

Phone: 888-LUHS-888
Screening, evaluation, and individualized treatment, including medication management and individual counseling, for women at all stages of their lives. Ask for the Department of Psychiatry.

 

Parenthesis Family Center

405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park 60302
Phone: 708-848-2227
Email: info@parenthesis-info.org
New mothers group.
Parent-child center offering parenting education and support for all families. Morning Family Drop-in offers networking, workshops, work time and discussion groups. Parenting On Our Own support group for single parents; Parenteen support group for pregnant and parenting teens; New Moms Group; Family Wrap in-home support also available.