All groups are free and do not require registration unless otherwise noted.
Directory of La Leche League Meetings in the Milwaukee Metro Area
La Leche League’s mission is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education. They work to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
Meetings are a great way to connect with other parents and knowledgeable La Leche League leaders, both during pregnancy and after your baby has been born. Ask questions and discuss breastfeeding and parenting topics. Click here for a list of meetings in the Milwaukee area.
Parent Support and Play Groups
Being a new parent is full of joys and challenges. It can be an isolating experience. You may have questions about what you are experiencing. Talking to someone who’s going through a similar experience and building a supportive village is very important. We have compiled a list of play and new parent support groups so that you can find your tribe. For some, going to a meet-up where you don’t know anyone can be intimidating, but we’re confident you’ll be happy you went. Some of these groups are led by lactation specialists, so bring your baby and your breastfeeding questions! Click here for a list of new parent support and play groups.
Cesarean and Birth Trauma
After a difficult birth, parents often cope with the physical and/or emotional scars left behind. You may face physical pain, emotional distress, regret, relief, fear, or any number of other emotional challenges. Finding a safe place to share your experience and people to listen and support you on your journey is important. Click here to learn more.
Perinatal Depression and Anxiety
Having perinatal (during pregnancy and the year after birth) depression or anxiety does not make you a “bad parent.” It is normal to experience a degree of anxiety and ‘ups and downs’ when welcoming a new baby. However, some of us will develop a more pronounced anxiety or depression which will affect our daily life and functioning. Seeking help early leads to a faster recovery and a healthier relationship with your baby, partner and family. There are many treatment options from medication approved for use during pregnancy to counseling, social support, speaking with someone who has been through a similar experience (peer support), exercise and a healthy diet. You are not alone. Click here to learn about local resources, so you can find a safe space to talk honestly about your thoughts and feelings and find the support you deserve.
Breastmilk Sharing and Donation
Those who want to nourish their babies with breastmilk, but are unable to meet their nutritional needs with their own milk, may want to explore milk sharing. Others may have an excess of breastmilk and wish to donate to families in need. We encourage all parents to fully research the available options so they can be informed and decide what is best for their situation. Click here to learn about Milwaukee area milk sharing and donation.
Special Needs and Circumstances
Having a baby that needs to spend time in the NICU or who has special health needs can make life challenging and isolating for parents. Knowing you’re not alone and hearing from others who have similar questions and feelings can make the journey easier. Connect with new parents or with those who have already learned the language, found the resources, and know what you’re going through, because they’ve been there too. Learn more here.