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Breastfeeding Resources

Posted: July 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding | Tags: Breastfeeding Blog Hop, Breastfeeding resources | 5 Comments »

In the age of the Internet, the resources available can be overwhelming. As a Mom who struggled through the early months with my youngest, I found it very difficult to find really “helpful” help.

Help that didn’t come with an added dose of
– “You are doing it wrong”
– “You don’t have enough support”
– “Very few women actually have low supply, you must be doing it wrong”
or my favorite
– “If you can’t breastfeed it’s because you are making the choice to let your milk dry up. If you *really* want it to work, it’s going to work. Maybe you don’t want it badly enough, it’s really not that hard. Also, you are doing it wrong.”

I also needed easy access, something I could get to with my phone while I sat on the couch or chair and nursed for all of those endless hours. These are my favorites:

Websites: KellyMom; this was the first breastfeeding website I was ever directed to and it continues to be my go-to. Nourish is also a great place to go to read some supportive words and renew your frazzled mind.

Support forums: The Leaky Boob on Facebook; I like this because it’s on Facebook- you can’t get easier access to moms than this. You put a question up on the wall and within minutes you will have comments of support and new ideas to try.

Twitter: follow hashtags like #breastfeeding or #BFCafe to find women who are there to support and answer questions at all hours of the day or night; I used this a lot when I was pumping or nursing

Books: The Breastfeeding Book by Dr. Sears is the book I read during both pregnancies and I think the information still holds up. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is considered by many to be one of the gold standard for books on breastfeeding.

And of course, your OB, midwife or pediatrician will probably have resources for you as well, most often in the form of the name of a good lactation consultant.

For me, there was one thing that helped me through the really tough weeks:

Judah loved to nurse. Loved. It.

This post is part of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted by Life with Levi. The hop runs Thursday and Friday every week with a new topic each week. Join us!

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5 Comments on “Breastfeeding Resources”

  1. 1 motherwifeteacher said at 5:42 am on July 28th, 2011:

    While KellyMom has a lot of great info (and I continue to use it as a resource), I found it was very much of the "you're doing it wrong" type of place. Grant nursed around the clock. Constantly. For hours and hours and hours. I genuinely believe that while my supply was adequate for his needs, since he grew well, the way his needs were met indicated that my supply was on the low side. He nursed like that because it was how he got enough milk. Pumping extra for a freezer stash? Forget it. There was no "extra" that wasn't being gobbled up by a hungry baby. It was VERY psychologically hard to have a baby that needed to be physically attached to my boobs for hours at a time, and I came very close to just chucking it all and going to formula when he was a newborn.

    With this one, I'm hoping to boost my supply so that we don't have the same issues. I'm going to have a much harder time sitting and nursing for hours on end with a two-year-old that also needs me, so I'm going to get Fenugreek and some Mother's Milk Tea and see how it goes. If I have to supplement with formula, so be it.

  2. 2 sooobig said at 10:21 am on July 28th, 2011:

    I love Kellymom. I have gone there over and over for info! The Breastfeeding board on thebump.com is also a great forum where you can ask questions. The ladies over there helped me a TON early on.

  3. 3 Kat B. said at 5:11 pm on July 28th, 2011:

    I have used alot of those resources. Its great that there is so much out there for breastfeeding moms now. I am following from the Breastfeeding Blog Hop and would love if you followed me back at http://generationsofsavings.blogspot.com

  4. 4 Shana said at 9:48 am on July 31st, 2011:

    Hi! Following you from Blog Frog in the Top Social Giveaways Community. Would love a visit and a follow back on my blog: http://blog.writerslairbooks.com. We are having a fantastic iPad 2 giveaway and I hope you will enter if you haven’t already! Thanks! Nice to meet you.

  5. 5 Breastfeeding Blog Hop: Support Groups | The Slacker Mom said at 3:05 am on October 13th, 2011:

    […] sidebar. Thanks for visiting! I’ve talked before about how easy it was to find help and support through Twitter when I was breastfeeding […]

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