Breastfeeding can be hard. But if you have the right support system it can be rewarding, incredible and relaxing. Asking for help and finding support and good resources helped me (is helping me) jump over hurdles and bumps along the way. I probably wouldn’t have given up on my own, but the following resources definitely helped in my success. Some of the places that I sought (and continue to seek) information, support and advice include –
La Leche League moms (LLL) – I attend bi-monthly “boobie meetings”. We talk about breastfeeding and parenting in general. Our group is open to all mothers. Those pregnant, nursing or non/no-longer-nursing – Anyone who has an interest in mothering through nursing. Not only do we have a great and knowledgeable leader, I’ve met some wonderful moms at these meetings. The chats after the formal meeting are often the best. I love being surrounded by women who are going through the same things as I am – at the same time – all supportive of one another. (and contrary to popular belief, we are not a cult or crazy forceful people.) One the days between the meetings I can visit the LLL forums online, call or email the leader (and she’ll come to you house if needed!) or call the LLL hotline.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding book – Simply awesome. Everything and anything you could possibly want to know about breastfeeding and breast help. And yes, there is an entire book about it. It includes pitfalls, suggestions, info on sleeping and solid foods, colic etc. A must read.
Many women in my family – including my mom, grandma, aunts and cousin – were all successful breastfeeders. Although I don’t necessarily ask them for advice, I know that I am supported and encouraged to continue.
Dr. Jack Newman videos – Videos of real moms and babes showing what good drinking looks like, what a good latch looks like – etc.
Kellymom website – This website is a gold mine for resources and advice. I found a lot of comfort reading about overactive milk production, using a shield and a good latch. This is a great go-to resource for nursing mamas.
Breastfeeding Blog Hop moms – Jen at Life with Levi hosts a weekly blog hop with breastfeeding topics. Although I don’t write a blog post every week for this blog hop, I do follow quite a few of the moms who sign up. There are some great bloggers out there who are honest about their breastfeeding adventures – some successful and some not – but all very passionate. This post is part of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop. The hop runs Thursday and Friday every week with a new topic each week. Join us!
Twitter hashtags: #bfing and #breastfeeding – I love twitter. You can send out questions and get instant answers (or links) from moms using those two hashtags.
Lactation Consultant – Although I only really met with the LC once during the first couple of days in the hospital after Eli was born, she set me up with a plan of action to be successful. She talked. She listened. She supported. She instilled a lot of confidence in me. She also gave me the contact of a more local LC in case I needed support.