Preparation for breastfeeding

The UCSF Women's Health Resource Center provides breastfeeding resources to support a women's decision to breastfeed.

Breast milk is the ideal food for all babies. It satisfies complete nutritional needs for the first 6 months of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk as the ideal food for the first year of life. Breast milk contains substances that help fight infection and is especially beneficial for premature babies and infants with a strong family history of allergy. We encourage you to consider breastfeeding.

Our UCSF Lactation Program 

  • Great Expectations Breastfeeding classes
  • MILK-Mother & Infant Lactation Kooperative Support group
  • UCSF Outpatient Lactation Clinic
  • UCSF Employee Lactation Accommodation Program
  • Breast pump rentals and sales, lactation and baby care accessory/product sales
  • Non-UC Community Breastfeeding Resources list

For more information, call us at (415) 353-2667 or (415) 514-2670, we're here to help guide you.

UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center
Mission Bay: 1855 4th Street, Suite A3471, San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 514-2670
Mt. Zion: 2356 Sutter Street, J112, 1st Floor, San Francisco, CA 94143
(415) 353-2667

We offer breastfeeding classes where moms can learn about breastfeeding and gain practical tips for returning to work. Highly recommended. Lactation supplies, including nursing bras, pillows, breast pumps for sale or rent. We also have a bookstore and small lending library (Mt. Zion only).

UCSF resources after you leave the hospital

UCSF Center for Mothers and Newborns

The postpartum nurses are trained in breastfeeding and manage lactation concerns for the majority of new mothers. If special breastfeeding needs or concerns arise, a board-certified lactation consultant is available to provide additional support.

After your baby’s birth, enjoy the convenience of Great Expectations’ continuum of educational support services delivered right to your hospital room. Notify your nurse if you need resources during your stay or call Great Expectations for more information (415) 514-2670.

UCSF Women’s Health Obstetrics Services
(415) 353-2566
Registered nurses with breastfeeding and postpartum knowledge are available to answer breastfeeding questions or concerns via the telephone,
Monday-Friday: 8:00AM–5:00PM.

The lactation clinic is available at both Mount Zion and Mission Bay locations. Appointments are made for a one-on-one visit with an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). Initial appointments are 60-90 minutes and follow-ups are 45 minutes.


UCSF Outpatient Lactation Clinic

Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mission Bay
1825 4th Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94158
Monday-Friday

Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mt. Zion
2356 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Monday-Friday
Consultations

MILK (Mother & Infant Lactation Kooperative) Support Group

A FREE weekly breastfeeding and mother support group. Moms and babies ranging in age from newborn to six months old are welcome. Share your experiences and learn how other mothers are adjusting to the demands of motherhood. Get your questions answered with evidence-based lactation information.
Facilitated by our board certified lactation consultants.

Mission Bay-1855 4th Street, 3rd floor, A3471
Mondays 2-4:00 pm
 
Tuesdays and Fridays 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Mt. Zion-2356 Sutter Street

Download the group overview flier.

Registration required. Space is limited, no drop-ins.
To register call (415) 353-2667 or (415) 514-2670 or visit our member portal.

 

“Before attending the group, all I knew is that I wanted to breastfeed...I came for the first time with my 5-day old baby and attending the group not only increased my confidence in breastfeeding, but transformed my transition into motherhood.”
MILK participant