HEALTHY START CENTER FOR URBAN BREASTFEEDING
Healthy Start Center for Urban Breastfeeding (HSCUB) is pleased to provide lactation support, education, advocacy and outreach to black women in Allegheny County.
Are you having pain with breastfeeding? Difficulty with latch? Questions about milk supply? Require assistance in making your decision to breastfeed? Need a confidence booster or assurance that you are on the right track? – We are here for you!
HSCUB has various program options to meet your needs. Our support team consists of Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs) who have access to an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). We hope to help you make informed decisions throughout your breastfeeding experience by helping you to achieve or even surpass your breastfeeding goals.
LAtCH Program LAUNCH
The LAtCH (Lactation Assessment and Counseling Home Support) Program is a comprehensive breastfeeding support program to support Black mothers in Allegheny County with their breastfeeding needs and questions. Our staff can provide support in-home, virtually, or by telephone triage. The support is provided 24/7, free of charge.
For more information regarding HSCUB, view our downloadable flyer.
If you are in need of immediate support, please page our CLC on-call by calling 412.545.2022 and selecting option 1.
BF 101: Breastfeeding Basics
Meet with one of our CLC’s who will discuss breastfeeding basics, and breastfeeding in reality. You will learn about the various tips necessary to best prepare you for breastfeeding. The class content will cover breast anatomy, milk production, doula care, feeding schedules, common breastfeeding issues, knowing the signs of when get help postpartum, and building your tribe (setting healthy boundaries). You will leave this class understanding the cultural and historical background of breastfeeding in the US and abroad for black women.
The 4th Trimester & Bonding
Postpartum class to discuss fun ways to create healthy relationships within the mother and baby dyad. This includes baby wearing, learning to create nursery rhymes, reading with baby, and exploring other family activities to do with your little one. There will be time to openly explore everyone’s breastfeeding goals and expectations and also navigating various breastfeeding and maternal resources.
Pump, Pump, Pump It Up – Prenatal & Postpartum
Learn how to balance returning to work and breastfeeding their little one as well as how to pump and milk storage requirements. Mothers will create pumping schedules for a sample work day and also explore what nursing is public is like. Participants will learn their workplace rights to breastfeeding and how to navigate their organizational policies.
Growing our Little Ones
Learn major milestones for baby’s growth, weaning techniques, nursing baby with teeth, healthy meals and snacks for development. Participate in baby food making demo and receive fun recipes to take home for entire family! Troubleshoot common and no-so-common breastfeeding challenges along with learning toddler feeding and weaning your little one.
Class Location & Dates
All classes and groups are held at Healthy Start at 400 N Lexington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208. Class dates and times vary by month. Learn more.
Click here to register for any class in the Breastfeeding Boot Camp Series. For all other classes and activities, please see the event page descriptions for more information about registering.
Class Cost & Scholarships
Classes are $25 each. Register for all five classes for $100 and receive a complimentary t-shirt and onesie for your little one. We can offer scholarships for the Breastfeeding Boot Camp Series to participants who meet income/family size requirements based on federal poverty guidelines. Please contact our program manager at 412.545.2022 to determine eligibility.
HSCUB will provide monthly themed, weekly educational content and Breastfeeding Boot Camp education series. Stay tuned for more updates!
Catch us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we provide stories, data, helpful tips and debunk myths about breastfeeding. We’ll also highlight a few local moms and dads who will share from their personal experiences. All activities are free and open to the public.
Provides 24/7, on demand, breastfeeding support to Black moms in Allegheny County at no cost 🤱🏾. Call a LC on call today - 412.545.2022, option 1.