Breastfeeding Coalition


The Healthy Communities Breastfeeding Coalition works to ensure every new mom has the education and resources needed to successfully breastfeed their baby.

  • 2016 Achievements
    • In 2016, the free, semi-monthly Nurse n' Chat sessions assisted nearly 40 mothers and was utilized over a hundred times.
    • Our weekly Nurse n' Chat has grown 400% since providing a weekly support group beginning in January 2017.
    • Provided breast milk storage magnets in English and Spanish to all nursing mothers at Columbus Regional Hospital.
    • Loaned hospital-grade pumps to 15 mothers with medical need to ensure a healthy milk supply.
    • Provided a continuing medical education and support session for postpartum depression and breastfeeding.
    • Provided a comfortable and private place to nurse at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair and Ethnic Expo.
  • Weekly Nurse n’ chat sessions offer all breastfeeding mothers free, regular and predictable support and guidance by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
  • Held every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mothering Essentials, 424 Washington Street, Columbus (above Lockett's - elevator available).
  • Scales available to weigh you baby.
  • 100% of participants surveyed would recommend Nurse n’ Chat to a friend.
  • The Community Doula Program is part of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Bartholomew County.
  • A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth that provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and birth partner, before, during and just after childbirth.
  • Birth Doulas and Post-Partum Doulas are available and can help support breastfeeding efforts.
  • The cost of the program is on a sliding fee schedule that can be determined with you and your doula.
Dr. Amanda Dornfeld, MD, IBCLC will be seeing patients every other Monday at Sandcrest Family Medicine for breastfeeding consultations. You do not need to be a current patient of Sandcrest Family Medicine.  Results of the consultation will be sent back to your regular physician. 

Call Sandcrest Family Medicine for an appointment (812) 373-2700.

La Leche League

  • All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to free meetings or call one of four Leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are always welcome.
  • Breastfeeding Cafés every month at Mothering Essentials, 424 Washington Street, Columbus (above Lockett's - elevator available).
    • 1st Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    • 3rd Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

New Hope Services - Bartholomew County WIC

Doug Otto United Way Center
1531 13th Street, Suite G 450
Columbus, IN 47201
Phone: 812-379-1557