The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene encourages mothers to breastfeed babies. Breast milk is filled with vitamins and nutrients that babies need. It also saves time and money. 

You can order free information on breastfeeding, including:

  • NYC Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding
  • You Have the Right to Breastfeed palm card
  • Maternal Coaching card
  • You've Decided to Breastfeed - Stick with It magnet


Learn more about breastfeeding.

Download the “NYC Mother’s Guide to Breast Feeding” brochure.

Download the "You Have the Right to Breastfeed" palm card.

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

Requests for the Women's Healthline are referred to the National Breastfeeding Helpline.


Visit the U.S. Office of Women's Health website.

By Phone

  • Agency: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Division: National Women's Health Information Center
  • Phone Number: (800) 994-9662
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM

    Mobile Milk

    Mobile Milk is a text messaging campaign to encourage and support breastfeeding.

    To sign up, text "MILK" to 55676.

    There are two types of messages that you can receive: prenatal and postpartum. Prenatal messages will end after you give birth. Postpartum messages will start after you give birth and ends when your baby is 4 months old. 

    Virtual Baby Cafés

    Baby Cafes offer free resources and support for pregnant and breastfeeding parents. 

    NYC Breastfeeding Warmline

    The NYC Breastfeeding Warmline provides free virtual breastfeeding support and answers to questions about feeding your baby. 

    You can schedule a video or phone meeting with a Certified Lactation Counselor.  

    All calls are confidential and one-on-one. Meetings are held using Zoom, a safe and secure platform that is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). 

    Breastfeeding support is available in: 

    • English 
    • Spanish 
    • Haitian Creole
    • Other languages, using interpretation services

    • Agency: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    • Division: NYC Breastfeeding Warmline
    • Phone Number: (646) 965-7212
    • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
    • After hours or if you get the voicemail system, leave a message with your name, phone number, and ZIP code, and briefly describe your experience feeding your baby.

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