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It Takes an iVillage

Posted: October 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding | Tags: Breastfeeding Blog Hop, Diary of a Devil Dog Wife, Life with Levi, Support Groups | 5 Comments »

I’ve talked before about how easy it was to find help and support through Twitter when I was breastfeeding Judah.

And I do think that it was helpful.  But, a lot of the “help” could also be construed as propaganda. There was always someone to cheer you on, but there was also a lot of negative vibes.  As a woman who struggled with supply issues (real supply issues, not, I think I might have supply issues but OMG I’m so engorged issues) most of the advice came with disclaimers that I probably wasn’t actually suffering from low supply (why would I be in that lucky group- it is so small after all).  That clearly wasn’t helpful.

The one place I knew I could always get great advice, with no agenda, was the expecting club groups I joined on iVillage with each of my pregnancies.  We talked about everything and because everyone had different circumstances and different goals as parents, there wasn’t a lot of judgement that came with the advice.  I don’t know what it is, but I really lucked out.  SAHMs, working moms, single moms, breastfeeding moms, bottle feeding moms- the one thing that ties us together is a common due-date.  And everyone brings the support when needed.

There is a reason I have always gone to iVillage as soon as I got that positive test, it’s a great place to find support.

This post is part of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted by Life with Levi, Diary of a Devil Dog Wife and myself.  The hop runs every Thursday and Friday and is open to posts that are relevant to the weekly topic.  This weeks topic is Breastfeeding Support Groups.

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5 Comments on “It Takes an iVillage”

  1. 1 Gaby @ Tmuffin said at 9:35 am on October 13th, 2011:

    That's awesome that you found a place you could go without feeling judged. When it comes to breastfeeding, it's important to be able to find real support, not someone suggesting that you are imagining things or you don't know your body. Surrounding yourself with people who really listen to you is key.
    My recent post Breastfeeding Support – And I'm Not Talking About the Boppy

  2. 2 erinclot said at 10:08 am on October 13th, 2011:

    It is- everyone has different things shaping their experience and no one knows the whole story. It's best to give the benefit of the doubt.

  3. 3 Lori/The Gnome's Mom said at 9:58 am on October 13th, 2011:

    I may have to check out iVillage. As you know, I'm in that *totally lucky* {sarcasm} group with REAL supply issues too. Still waiting for that positive test…
    My recent post Boob Friends

  4. 4 erinclot said at 10:07 am on October 13th, 2011:

    Seriously, iVillage Expecting Club groups are really great. It's also the perfect place to talk about everything those first few weeks when all you want to do is talk about it but you don't want to spill the beans to your family and friends. It's a slow start with everyone going through the 2 weeks wait, some dropping out for various reasons but it's nice to have a bunch of women going through the same things at the same time.

    The first babes born in my first group turned 3 yesterday/ today and we still have a great cohesive group. My group with Judah moved to Facebook for the most part and it's the same thing, lots of chatter everyday. I could ask these girls anything. We're starting to get into 2nd and even 3rd pregnancies now and it's still exciting to see how everyone's families are growing.

  5. 5 Terri Babin said at 8:49 am on October 14th, 2011:

    I totally love online communities for moms, but for some reason, I've never really checked out i-village before! When I was pregnant I spent hours each day on my Baby Center birth board though, so I totally know what it's like 🙂 Thank you for writing this, I hope you'll check out my post at http://www.EcoCrazyMom.com and follow back! You can also add your blog to my Blog Directory under the "bloggers" tab if you'd like.

    ~Terri
    @EcoCrazyMom
    My recent post Breastfeeding Blog Hop- The Importance of Breastfeeding Support Groups


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