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.
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.
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