Breastfeeding offers numerous benefits for mom and baby. New families often have questions and are encouraged to seek guidance when faced with breastfeeding challenges. The following resources provide practical and nonjudgmental breastfeeding support.
Many insurance companies cover all or part of the cost of a breast pump.
Call your insurance provider or speak to your healthcare provider to find out more.
Martha's Vineyard Breastfeeding Network
24-Hour Pager 508-396-7498
The Martha's Vineyard Breastfeeding Network was revamped in 2014 with the help of the Maternity Department at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. The community-led group provides free education, live support and home visits for breastfeeding families. A pager system allows for 24-hour support.
Martha's Vineyard Hospital
Following the birth of your baby, the staff at the MV Hospital Maternity Department are available to offer education, support, and assistance by phone or an in person consultation in the maternity wing.
WIC is a free nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. WIC’s goal is to keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under 5 healthy.
You may be able to get help with breastfeeding at no cost. Health insurance plans must provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. These services may be provided before and after birth. This applies to Marketplace plans and all other health insurance plans, except for grandfathered plans.
327 Quaker Meeting House Rd
East Sandwich, MA 02537
The Healthy Children Project has hospital grade pumps available for rental. Pump rental information can be found here. Healthy Children Project, Inc. was established in 1993 as a non-profit research and educational institution dedicated to improving child health outcomes in partnership with public, private and non-profit agencies. Through its Center for Breastfeeding, Healthy Children is the largest national provider of lactation management education for health care providers.