Breastfeeding Resources for Waimanalo

Some facts to consider:

1. Mothers want to breastfeed. (In Hawai‘i, 87.5% of women try

2. Babies were born to be breastfed.
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3. Most mothers don’t breastfeed as long as they had planned.

4. Many mothers give up in the first few weeks.

5. There are lots of things we can do to help mothers!

Practical Help for Waimānalo Moms and Babies 

Waimānalo Health Center 
41-1347 Kalanianaole Hwy # A  Waimanalo, HI 96795
(808) 259-7948

Hawai‘i Mother’s Milk
Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children
1319 Punahou Street, Honolulu, HI 96826
Warm Line: 949-1723 (call with questions or to schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant)
Monday-Friday 9 am- 2 pm
Breastfeeding counseling, breastfeeding supplies, electric breast pump rental & sales.

La Leche League O‘ahu
Melissa (Schofield area) 888-2321
Holli 265-1416  

Hospitals – The hospital where you delivered your baby, or your midwife, will generally take breastfeeding questions. The numbers below will get you to the right department:
Castle Hospital Birth Center 263-5177
Kaiser Hospital Lactation Center 432-8518
Kapi‘olani Hospital Lactation Consultants  983-6007
The Queen’s Medical Center  Breastfeeding Support Center  537-7404
Tripler Army Medical Center – Diana Tabaj 433-5020 (office) / Brenda Willey 577-7607 (pager)

“Baby Hui” – Castle Hospital also has informal meetings for moms and babies gather and talk story. Call 263-5270 for more information.

List of Hawai‘i Breastfeeding Resources Statewide 

The National Breastfeeding Helpline 

Call 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) to talk with a trained breastfeeding peer counselor at the National Breastfeeding Helpline. 

Baby Friendly Birth

The birth matters. Look for a Baby Friendly Hospital to give birth. The hospital and birthing centers that are designated as “Baby Friendly” give the best mother and baby care. Babies born at a Baby Friendly facility get a better start with breastfeeding.

Waimānalo residents are very fortunate! Depending on the type of insurance, there are some really good choices. With the help of the Department of Health, Healthy Hawai‘i Initiative, several hospitals in Hawai‘i are working towards Baby Friendly designation. Castle Hospital in Kailua is nearing Baby Friendly designation, and Kaiser Hospital Moanalua is Baby Friendly and has been for over 15 years! Tripler Hospital for the military is making plans to work towards to Baby Friendly designation too!

Online Breastfeeding Resources

Why breastfeed? Click here for 101 reasons! 

Secrets of Baby Behavior – Wouldn’t every mom and dad like to be an expert on baby behavior? Understanding what to expect can help a lot! Understanding infant states Newborns wake frequently – often every 1-3 hours. As babies get older, they are able to link more sleep cycles together. Infant Sleep and Newborn Sleep 

Laid Back Breastfeeding – Being “laid back” can really help!

Common Sense Breastfeeding  – Breastfeeding isn’t that complicated, or so says Diane Wiesssinger. On this site, a mother and lactation consultant talks about breastfeeding in a down-to-earth, friendly tone. 

Dr. Jack Newman’s articles and videos.  If “seeing is believing”, then these videos should really help. More videos and handouts with helpful tips

KellyMom and Breastfeeding A good resource for new moms or anyone who is interested in learning about breastfeeding. KellyMom’s links to other sites 


Postpartum Depression and Breastfeeding

Postpartum depression should never be ignored whether or not a woman breastfeeds. Several articles have shown that breastfeeding is associated with lower perceived stress levels, and fewer depressive symptoms postpartum. For an example article, click here
An article on the La Leche League site 
An article on the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine blog for physicians  
Guidelines for doctors who are treating a mother with depression 

Article: Breastfeeding and anti-inflammatory treatments protect maternal mental health

Breastfeeding and Attachment 

Parents want a close attachment to their children! Breastfeeding isn’t the only way to form that close bond, but it can help. Click here for more information.

Some Recommended Books on Breastfeeding

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Teresa Pitman, Diana West and Diane Wiessinger (Jul 13, 2010)  Note: Previous editions are not nearly as good.

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solving Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America, Revised & Updated Edition by Teresa Pitman and Jack Newman (Nov 28, 2006)

The Breastfeeding Answer Book by Nancy Mohrbacher (Jan 1, 2003)

Breastfeeding: A Parent’s Guide, Ninth Edition by Amy Spangler (Jun 1, 2010)

The Breastfeeding Atlas by Barbara Wilson-Clay (Nov 2008)