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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

Mission: Nursing Mothers Counsel is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide support and factual information to nursing mothers and their families, and to assist them in meeting their personal breastfeeding goals.

Programs: Nursing Mothers Counsel provides breastfeeding information to nursing mothers through a help line and pre-natal breastfeeding information talks. We offer training to NMC member counselors as well as other professionals who work with and want to advise nursing mothers. We offer breast pumps and supplies for sale or rent.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in tears a few weeks after my first son was born because I had so many questions about breastfeeding. The hospital gave me the contact information for Nursing Mothers' Council upon discharge so I gave them a call. My questions were answered by a very sweet, helpful lady. She even followed up with an email with a video for me to watch. A few weeks later I had another question and emailed her to receive another quick response. This organization is very kind, helpful and responsive. I'm very thankful that this organization exists for mothers, especially as a first time mom.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was having a very hard time with breastfeeding and was concerned that my daughter wasn't gaining weight appropriately. I weighed her on a Friday afternoon and confirmed my suspicions that there was a weight gain issue. I was in a panicked state, unable to contact other resources I had been relying on, and knew that the next time I could have an in-person consult was on Monday afternoon. NMC was available when I needed to talk to someone and they provided great advice to calm me down and get me through the weekend. Such a great resource and much needed for those fragile first weeks when breastfeeding challenges seem to never end!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Breastfeeding was so hard and painful for me. I was thankful to have someone from the NMC come to my house for FREE and help me! Such a great resource!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was an excellent resource when I needed. Great tips and kind advice from very nice , respectful and empathetic personal.

1 Talia P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took a breastfeeding class through NMC a week before my daughter was born. Out of all the preparation I did before she was born, this was the most valuable. And I also was able to sign up to have a counselor contact me after she was born. It was amazing to have someone to contact after I actually had my daughter and was actually struggling with breastfeeding. And all of this was free to me! NMC is beyond incredible.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This just came up in my facebook memories and it filled me with gratitude. Thanks to the Nursing Mothers Counsel in Santa Cruz, I was able to successfully breastfeed my NICU baby at a hospital that had no lactation department. I just recently ended breastfeeding after 2 wonderful years. All of my birthday wishes came true - thank you so much for all that you do!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The NMC breastfeeding class was the BEST. It was honest, simple, answered all our questions and concerns. I felt fairly prepared when our son arrived. Once he was here my counselor was available to answer questions as problems arose. I'm fairly certain I wouldn't have made it out of the first month without my counselors support. I was able to not only meet my goal of not needing formula while working full time, but was also able to let my son self wean. I recommend the NMC to anyone who tells me they're thinking of breastfeeding. Oh and they offer their services for FREE!

1 Patricia23

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard about the Nursing Mothers Counsel through my daughter's pediatric doctor. As it is the case with many first-time mothers, I had various questions I wanted to ask about breastfeeding, but could not afford to hire private help. I then decided to contact a Nursing Mothers Counsel representative. That is when I met Gretchen Kindberg. She came to our house to watch me as I breastfed our little daughter, to make sure that the baby was latching correctly. Gretchen is a lovely, very knowledgeable, sweet, and approachable young lady. A mother herself, she put me at ease right away, reassuring me throughout her visit that I was doing everything correctly and that my daughter was latching beautifully. Gretchen talked to my husband and me for about a couple of hours. During this time she answered all of our questions, addressed our concerns and gave us numerous precious hints and advice. I highly recommend her as well as the Nursing Mothers Counsel. We were really impressed with Gretchen's professionalism, enthusiasm, experience and knowledge.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a Nursing Mothers Counsel breastfeeding class after I had my first baby (now 23 months old). The class was helpful, but the e-mail communication after the class between Gretchen, one of the volunteers, and I was superb. She was honest, caring and gave real examples rather than cookie cutter responses that I received from other organizations. She even followed up to see how I was doing awhile after our last conversation.

Client Served

Rating: 4

These volunteers helped me so much in the early days as a new parent. They were so kind. They reached out to me before my baby was born.
I asked questions and volunteers got right back to me with tips, advice encouragement and support.