Monthly Meeting

Our regular monthly meeting will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, December 3rd at the Panera in North Fayette (by Walmart).

If you have any questions, please contact us!

You can also find more information about our monthly meetings here.

We look forward to seeing you and your little ones!

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Milk Bank Now Accepting Donations

Three Rivers Mothers' Milk BankPittsburgh now has a Milk Bank and has just begun to accept donor milk. This milk will be distributed to area hospitals to treat medically fragile and preterm infants. Donor breast milk helps to improve health outcomes, reduce infection, reduce the length of infants’ hospitals stays, and also helps to lower healthcare costs.

If you are interested in donating or learning more, please visit their website:

FAQ’s on the Affordable Care Act Lactation Counseling Benefit

counselingThe Departments of Health & Human Services, Labor, and Treasury have issued another FAQ’s sheet regarding the Affordable Care Act’s lactation counseling benefit. Read this to find out how the law works and how your insurance company should cover these services. “The HRSA [Health Resources and Service Administration] guidelines provide for coverage of comprehensive prenatal and postnatal lactation support, counseling, and equipment rental as part of their preventive service recommendations, including lactation counseling.”

Read more here: FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation

8 Things to Know About Pumping at Work

The Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published a blog post from MomsRising on the website about pumping at work. Below is a summary, you can view the full article here:  8 Things You Need to Know About Pumping at WorkPumping at work

1. Find out if you are covered by the “Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law.” The law applies to most hourly and some salaried employees. If you are not covered by the federal law, you may be covered by a state law. If you have any questions, you can call the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division at 866-487-9243 and ask for the Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor.

2. It is not required by law for pumping breaks to be paid. If you already have paid breaks, you can use those to pump your milk. Any extra time you use may not be paid by your employer.

3. The law requires employers to provide time and space each time you need to express milk.

4. The space to pump should not be a bathroom and should be completely private.  There doesn’t have to be a permanent dedicated private space.

5. There are many creative space options, such as an unused office, meeting room or storage closet (as long as these can be made private for the time you need).

6. Under the Affordable Care Act, you should be able to obtain a free breast pump through your insurance. Find more information here: Breastfeeding Benefits. Any breastfeeding supplies you purchase on your own are tax deductible.

7. There are many reasons why your employer should support pumping at work. Breastfeeding helps lower health care costs, employees miss fewer time off because their babies are healthier, and less money is spent on hiring and training new employees if companies can keep their best employees by offering breastfeeding support.

8. Employers are usually happy to provide the support you need. A few tips for talking to your employer include: making the case (explain how breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for you and your baby), show how meeting your breastfeeding needs will help the company, be prepared and think of any concerns your employer might have and how you can address them, and show appreciation for support you receive.




Tricare Adds Breast Pumps, Supplies and Counseling to Coverage

120531_breastfeeding_GuardsmanThe United States military’s health care program TRICARE has updated its breast pump policy to include coverage of breast pumps, supplies, and breastfeeding counseling. These services and supplies will be retroactively covered as of December 19, 2014.

For more information, please visit the Benefit Update on TRICARE’s website: TRICARE’s Breast Pump Policy Updated Effective July 1.

Monthly Meetings

breastfeeding-11EPSON scanner imageOur Monthly Series meetings are on the first Thursdays of the month at Panera in North Fayette (by Walmart, across from Burgatory) in the VIP room at 10:00 am. The address is 250 McHolme Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275. For directions, please click here.

Meetings are informal and offer a place for women to gather for support on breastfeeding, parenting and being a mom. Babies and children are welcome. Meetings are a great place to meet other moms and to get answers to your questions. Women who are pregnant are encouraged to attend, if possible, before they deliver.

Our meetings rotate each month on one of the four series topics (but are not limited to these discussions): advantages of breastfeeding, adjusting to life with a new baby, overcoming difficulties and nutrition and weaning. We tailor each meeting to who is in attendance and always answer any questions anyone has first.

We usually meet for about an hour. Feel free to bring something to eat or drink, or purchase something at Panera.

If you would like to attend, you can just show up, send us an email ( or use the contact form on the Contact Us page. We will put you on our email list and Chrissy will send you send a reminder email a few days before the meeting. If there is inclement weather, she will send a cancellation email.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach our leaders by phone or by filling out the contact form on the Contact Us page.

We look forward to seeing you!

Lanolin Update

At our meeting last week, it was mentioned that lanolin is no longer recommended for use as it could possibly promote bacteria growth and lead to thrush or other infection. We apologize for any confusion. La Leche League has not changed its policy on lanolin and it is still safe and effective to use.

After further research, we found the studies this information was based on to be inconclusive. “Does Lanolin Use Increase the Risk of Infection in Breastfeeding Women” (2014) sample size was small and unable to control for hand hygiene, which is important as lanolin is applied with the fingers. A larger study needs to be done with women who are enrolled before giving birth and then assigning these women to either a group that applies lanolin use after a feeding or another to no topical treatments and both followed for infection.

We did speak with a Lactation Consultant at Sewickley Hospital who confirmed our findings with the studies. We also spoke with La Leche League USA (the corporate office of LLL) who confirmed lanolin is safe to use.

The study “Are There Any Cures for Sore Nipples,” (2013) did mention some interesting alternatives, such as peppermint gel and coconut oil.

Lanolin is a safe, effective treatment for sore nipples. Most mothers need it only in the first few early days or week after their baby is born.

We apologize for any confusion as we strive to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date information available on breastfeeding.

If you have any questions or would like to have a copy of the studies emailed to you, please contact us!