UCSF Breastfeeding Resources
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
UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center
Mission Bay: 1855 4th Street, Suite A3471, San Francisco, CA 94158
Mt. Zion: 2356 Sutter Street, J112, 1st Floor, San Francisco, CA 94143
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
Registered nurses with breastfeeding and postpartum knowledge are available to answer breastfeeding questions or concerns via the telephone,
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
Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mt. Zion
2356 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
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: 1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24 – Mission Bay
Tuesdays: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 – Mt. Zion
Fridays: 1/10, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21– Mt. Zion
Mondays: 1/20, 2/17 – Mission Bay – (UCSF Holidays no session)
Tuesdays: 1/7, 1/21 – Mt. Zion – No session
Fridays: Beginning February 28 Fridays are currently cancelled until further notice
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.”
During National Breastfeeding Month 2019 ABC7 featured Renee Tavares
As part of World Breastfeeding Week, ABC7 featured our very own Renee Tavares, RD, IBCLC. Renee spoke on the benefits of breastfeeding with ABC news anchor Ama Daetz and support services here at the UCSF Women's Health Resource Center.
Video 1: https://abc7ne.ws/2YTRBk6
Video 2: https://abc7ne.ws/2H6oV1r
Video 3: https://abc7ne.ws/2H3ODTW
Our 2019 sponsors: UCSF Family Services’ Lactation Accommodation Program and UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center.
This year's celebration & focus was both on World Breastfeeding Week and Black Breastfeeding Week.