Breastfeeding 101

  • Get Support - Resources for the Breastfeeding Mom

Get Support - Resources for the Breastfeeding Mom

Being a new, breastfeeding mom can be hard! Fortunately, there are plenty of resources for support and help!

  1. Pick up a book
    • Check out all the latest breastfeeding resource books at your local book store. Find one that aligns with your goals as a new, breastfeeding mom to get the most out of it.
      1. Not sure where to start? Check out top sellers like The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding, or The Nursing Mother's Companion
      2. Are you a working mom? Work, Pump, Repeat would be a great choice to reference!
      3. Don’t be afraid to get a subscription to some mindless reading as well since you will have several weeks of downtime (and sitting!) while you nurse your new baby.
  2. Search the Web for helpful bloggers and sites 
    • You will find your favorites as you start becoming familiar with all the different sites out there. We suggest some of our favorites like kellymom.com and theleakyboob.com for everything from scientific, study-based data to friendly advice and support from other mamas like you from around the globe!
  3. Find a new parent support group
    • Not sure where to start looking for such a group? Check out your local baby boutiques, birth centers, or play gyms. Most of the time, these types of places will provide classes and/or groups for expecting and new parents. Not only are these classes full of helpful information, but you can also meet other new parents who are in it with you!
  4. Seek breastfeeding specific help 
    • The La Leche League is a breastfeeding support group that can help women with common breastfeeding issues and also provide support as a new mother.
    • The IBCLC site has links to a Lactation Consultant in your area when you may need more than support. Their lactation consultants can help with diagnosing and remedying any medical issues that may affect breastfeeding.
    • Oftentimes, your baby's pediatrician will be able to make a referral to a good lactation consultant or may even have a qualified lactation professional on staff. 
    • Last but not least, call a friend or relative who is nursing currently or has recently. Sometimes, the best help is closer than you think. 
  • Remember, don't be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. Breastfeeding can be a challenging and frustrating experience, especially in the first few days. You will likely learn from friends and relatives who have struggled that it's worth it to seek the help you need in order to achieve your breastfeeding goals. 
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    Kerry Gilmartin

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