Breastfeeding Support & Resources in Springfield

By Janel Plunkard, IBCLC | Publisher of Macaroni KID Springfield MO March 4, 2023

Welcome to the Macaroni KID Springfield Breastfeeding Guide! This comprehensive guide was created to help parents find local resources and support. It includes information on where to find lactation consultants, support groups, and other resources in our community. Breastfeeding can be a rewarding experience for both mother and child, but it can take some time and practice. We hope that this guide will provide you with the information and support you need in Springfield, Missouri to successfully breastfeed your baby. We want you to feel confident, empowered, and supported as you navigate your breastfeeding journey!

Breastfeeding Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend exclusive breastfeeding for about the first 6 months, with continued breastfeeding along with introducing appropriate complementary foods for up to 2 years of age or longer.

What is an IBCLC?

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are allied-health professionals and members of the maternal-child healthcare team. The IBCLC certification is the gold standard of lactation care and requires years of extensive training, including college-level health science coursework. They provide expert lactation care in a variety of settings while making appropriate referrals to other healthcare professionals and community support resources.
Click here to Verify the Credentials of an IBCLC.

Other breastfeeding professionals include: 

  • Certified Lactation Counselor® - CLC
  • Certified Breastfeeding Specialist - CBS
  • Lactation Counselor - LC(CBI)
  • Certified Lactation Support Provider - CLSP
  • Certified Lactation Educator™ - CLE®
  • Accredited Breastfeeding USA Counselor - BC
  • Infant Feeding Counselor™ - IFC
  • La Leche League Leader - LLL
  • Peer Counselors through various mother-to-mother, peer-to-peer breastfeeding support organizations

Click HERE to download 'Your Guide to Breastfeeding' 

Courtesy of the Office on Women's Health

Springfield, Missouri Lactation Consultants 

The following businesses offer services provided by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)

Springfield, Missouri Lactation Counselors

The following businesses offer services provided by certified breastfeeding professionals 

Looking for other options?

  • Nest Collaborative
    Virtual IBCLC support worldwide; most insurances accepted.
  • The Lactation Network
    TLN connects families with private practice IBCLCs offering virtual and in-person lactation support; most insurances accepted. 

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding Support Groups 

TLC: The Lactation Club
Cox Health Women's Center
1000 E. Primrose, Suite 110
Springfield, MO 65807
(417) 269-5239
Meets the first Monday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m.
(If the first Monday is a holiday, the group will meet on the second Monday.)
Free to attend

La Leche League of Springfield
Meets twice monthly for daytime and evening meetings.
Free to attend

Tongue + Lip Tie Release Providers

Cash Family Orthodontics
2844 S Ingram Mill Rd
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 881-7512

Springfield Kids Dental 
1802 W Kearney St 
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 567-8227

Additional Online Resources:

Breastfeeding and Pumping Supplies

Cox Health Women's Center
1000 E. Primrose, Suite 110
Springfield, MO 65807
(417) 269-5239

Breastmilk Donation

Human Milk for Human Babies - Missouri
Informal breastmilk sharing group.
Connect with other families to share your milk or request milk for your baby. 

The Milk Bank
The Milk Bank impacts the greater Midwest area through the safe collection and distribution of pasteurized donor human milk.
Donors must complete medical screening. Families may request donor milk. 

Prolacta Bioscience
Donate milk to be used for critically ill and premature babies.
Donors must complete medical screening; monetary compensation available

Breastfeeding Resources and Organizations

La Leche League

Breastfeeding USA

Kelly Mom

Stanford Medicine on Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots

Dr. Jack Newman         

   Disclosure: As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), I fully support the World Health Organization (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (1981) and subsequent World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions. This commitment involves promoting breastfeeding and adhering to ethical guidelines regarding the marketing of infant formula, bottles, and teats. As an independent licensee of Macaroni KID National, I have no role in the selection of national advertisements that appear alongside this article, some of which may potentially violate the WHO Code.

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