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Our mission is to help advocate for mothers to breastfeed and improve the health and well-being of infants and families through encouragement, education, outreach, and advocacy. We promote and support breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Browse the resources below to learn how to support the mothers in your life.

“Breastfeeding provides unmatched health benefits for babies and mothers. It is the clinical gold standard for infant feeding and nutrition, with breast milk uniquely tailored to meet the health needs of a growing baby. We must do more to create supportive and safe environments for mothers who choose to breastfeed.”

Dr. Ruth Petersen

Mothers | How To Get Started

When to Prepare
Prepare during your third trimester by learning about breastfeeding and joining a support group for nursing moms.

What to Expect
Breastfeeding experiences vary. Whether it’s your first or not, each baby is unique, making breastfeeding a learning process.


Cesarean Birth
Breastfeeding after a C-section fosters bonding.

Multiple Babies
Nursing multiples is tough, but crucial.

Premature Babies
Preemies require breastmilk’s benefits even more due to their heightened health risks and additional challenges.

Feeding Positions
Choosing the ideal breastfeeding position varies, with no fixed rules. Opt for what suits you and your baby best. Experiment with common positions for guidance.

Hunger Cues
Be aware of early hunger cues to feed your child promptly and maintain feeding schedule awareness as they grow.

First Weeks
Breastmilk offers optimal nutrition and gentleness for your baby’s developing stomach, intestines, and other body systems.

Combating Soreness
Nipple care strategies for lactating mothers.


Anxiety Around Pregnancy
Childbirth can be an emotional rollercoaster. Look for signs of depression and anxiety, before and after birth.

Eating Balanced Diet
Nutrition is very important for breastfeeding, especially the first 2-3 weeks.

Emotional Roller Coasters
Pregnancy and motherhood evoke many different emotions such as excitement, joy, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed.

Maternal Mental Health
Postpartum depression and anxiety are common and affect 1 in 8 Utah women.


WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
WIC offers nutrition, breastfeeding aid, and food for pregnant women, moms, and children up to age 5 for those who qualify.

WIC Services:

  • Nutrition Education
  • Breastfeeding Support
    • Peer Counselor
    • Breastfeeding Aids (i.e. pump)
Families | How You Can Help


Breastfeeding takes teamwork!

“Feeding your baby is a family affair. It takes time, practice, patience—and teamwork. Your family, especially your partner, will be vital to helping you meet your breastfeeding goals. It’s a good idea to talk about your decision to breastfeed before your baby arrives. This will give you time to learn, prepare, and plan together.” (USDA WIC Breastfeeding Support)

Begin by creating a plan for choosing to breastfeed.

Dear Fathers:
“Congratulations, Dad! You have a role filled with endless joy and responsibility. Your top priorities are to make sure mom and baby stay happy and healthy. As you and your partner adjust to this exciting journey of parenthood, talk together often and listen for ways you can help. Your love and presence are invaluable to your growing family.”

Dear Grandmothers:
“Congratulations, Grandma! Welcome to one of the most cherished roles in the world. One of the most precious gifts you can offer is your unwavering support to your daughter or daughter-in-law as she breastfeeds your new grandbaby. Encourage and empower them, lending a helping hand whenever needed. Whether it’s offering words of encouragement, assisting with household tasks, or simply being a compassionate listener will make all the difference. Your support ensures that both mom and baby thrive during this special bonding experience.”

Dear Friends and Family:
“Friends and family can greatly support a new mom and baby in their breastfeeding journey by providing encouragement and a listening ear. Educating yourself about breastfeeding, respecting boundaries, offering hands-on help, and creating a breastfeeding-friendly environment are crucial. Together, your support helps mom and baby get off to a strong start for a positive breastfeeding journey.”

⚠ Important – Utah law protects the right to breastfeed in public and states that a breastfeeding woman is not in violation of any obscenity or indecent exposure laws.


Employers | Policies & Laws

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s overview “Requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an undue hardship.” ENG/SPN

Fair Labor Standards Act
U.S. Department of Labor’s protections to pump breastmilk at work “Requires employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for their nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee needs to express the milk.” Pumping Breast Milk at Work FAQ

Chapter 49. Nursing Mothers in the Workplace
Utah State Legislature’s State and Local Government Employee Policies.

The State of Utah has a worksite lactation law, H.B. 242:

  1. Provide reasonable breaks for a public employee who is breastfeeding.
  2. Provide a public employee access to a room with privacy and a refrigerator for breastfeeding purposes.
  3. Adopt policies to support breastfeeding.
  4. Prohibit a public employer from discriminating against an employee who is breastfeeding in the workplace.

S.B. 59 (2016) amended the Anti-discrimination and Workplace Accommodation statute to include:

  • A public employer with a public employee not working in an office building may provide a non-electric insulated container for storage of the public employee’s breastmilk as an alternative to a refrigerator; and
  • An employer shall include written notice concerning an employee’s rights to reasonable breastfeeding accommodations in an employee handbook, or post in a conspicuous place.

Coming Soon!  Lactation Accommodation Policy Toolkit

Resources | Hospitals & Pump Rentals

Beaver Valley Hospital
1109 N 100 W St, Beaver, UT

  • Inpatient breastfeeding assistance from nurses.
  • Pumps available to use in the hospital.

Cedar City Hospital
1303 N Main St, Cedar City, UT

  • Prenatal classes with breastfeeding component.
  • Inpatient breastfeeding assistance.
  • Can provide hand pumps at the hospital.

Garfield Memorial Hospital IHC
200 N 400 E St, Panguitch, UT

  • Prenatal classes with breastfeeding component.
  • Inpatient breastfeeding assistance, Tele-health calls.
  • Electric pumps for in-hospital use.

Kane County Hospital & Clinic
355 Main St, Kanab, UT

  • Inpatient breastfeeding assistance from nurses.
  • Prenatal classes with breastfeeding component.
  • Can provide hand pumps at the hospital.

St George Regional Hospital
1380 E Medical Center Dr, St. George, UT

  • Inpatient breastfeeding assistance from nurses.
  • Pumps available to use in the hospital.

Note: St George & Cedar Hospitals offer in-home breastfeeding consultations for a cost (billable to insurance, Medicaid covers approximately 40%).


Advantage Medical Supply
670 S Hwy 89A, Kanab, UT
(435) 644-8600
42 S River Rd #10, St George, UT
(435) 674-0800

Insurances Currently Accepted:
Utah Medicaid, Idaho Medicaid, Health Choice, Molina, Healthy U, and Arizona.

Alpine Home Medical Equipment
43 S Main St., Richfield, UT
(435) 986-6474
42 S River Rd #10, St George, UT
(435) 674-0800

Insurances Currently Accepted:
Health Choice, Healthy U, and Molina.

Intermountain Medical Equipment
1333 N Main St #102, Cedar City, UT
(435) 868-5851
923 S River Rd #104, St George, UT
(435) 251-2323

Insurances Currently Accepted:
Select Health Community Care, Molina, and Health Choice.

Petersen Home Medical
2019 E Riverside Dr #A100, St George, UT
(435) 628-4949

Insurances Currently Accepted:
Molina, Health Choice, and Healthy U.

Lactation Specialist

(435) 669-8368


Lactation Specialist

(435) 669-8368

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