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P.O. Box 29214
Washington, DC 20017




The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems, breastfeeding problems, or to take the place of professional medical care. If you have persistent breastfeeding problems, or if you have further questions, please consult your health care provider. The DC Breastfeeding Coalition does not share partnership with, or have any vested interest in, any of the businesses that may appear on this site, or sites that may be assessable by links herein contained.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the World Health Organization recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding after infant foods are started until at least 12 months of age because of its many medical, psychological, and economic benefits. The East of the River Lactation Support Center is a collaborative program between Children's National Medical Center, the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program, and the DC Breastfeeding Coalition. The program aims to help mothers in the Washington, DC metro area who choose to breastfeed reach their breastfeeding goals through prenatal breastfeeding education and post-partum breastfeeding support. Initially funded by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture/WIC, in 2013, the center received additional funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to continue research efforts and services in the community.

Services offered include:

  • A four-week prenatal breastfeeding education class that will be offered on a rolling basis two days per week. This class is free and is facilitated by a lactation consultant, breastfeeding peer counselor, and a WIC nutritionist. Class topics include: "Getting Started", "Breastfeeding in the First Few Weeks", "Keeping Things Going When Life Returns", and "Breastfeeding After 6 Months".
  • Community lactation support services offered to breastfeeding families from the entire Washington, DC metro area. Services are offered free of charge on a daily basis during regular business hours.
  • Mom-to-Mom Breastfeeding Support Groups.
  • Back-to-Work Breastfeeding Consults to help breastfeeding mothers prepare to return to the workforce or school while meeting their breastfeeding goals.

Meet Our Team
Sahira Long, MD, IBCLC (Medical Director)
Lauren Magee (breastfeeding peer counselor/research assistant)

Contact Information
2101 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

Hours of Operation:
M-F 8:30am - 5:00pm
(Closed Holidays)

Appointments / Administration: 202-476-6941
Fax: 202-476-6991