I decided to participate in the Breastfeeding Cafe Blog Carnival on my babywearing blog this year. Why you might ask? Because I believe babywearing supports breastfeeding. I also believe sharing my stories will benefit other mothers and families. You don’t have to be a breastfeeding mother to babywear, however they often go together. I love to support all families babywearing, breastfeeding or not. If you’re interested in seeing my past posts from previous years in this carnival leading up to World Breastfeeding Week please visit my homeschooling blog here.
Today’s topic is non-traditional breastfeeding support. I see traditional breastfeeding support as the support given mother to mother usually by family but often within a community. This can be given from a mother or aunt to daughter/niece, sister to sister, friend to friend, or within a breastfeeding support group such as LLL or Breastfeeding USA. Non-traditional would be anything else-books, websites, blogs, email, trained professionals, etc.
I have received much of my support online and through books over the years. I will list some of my favorites:
- Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding Made Simple
- I have read many many others but these are on my list of books every mom should check out!
Websites and Blogs
- LLLI-Be sure to find your local group for in person support
- Breastfeeding USA
- Kelly Mom
- The Leaky Boob Blog
- The Milk Meg Blog
- Infant Risk Center (they have a hotline that you can call to check if a medication is safe or not)
- The Lactmed Website (be sure to check out their app-I refer to it a lot when I want to check on a medication that I need to take)
- LDS Breastfeeding Families Facebook group (This is a group I created specifically for LDS families but like-minded mothers are also welcome as long as they respect beliefs of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while in the group. The group is not hosted by the Church but was instead created by members)
- I have other specialized ones that I really like but chose to list the ones that pertain to all breastfeeding moms.
I also highly recommend if you are having any questions about breastfeeding problems to seek a skilled breastfeeding helper right away. One website to help you to find an IBCLC local to you can be found here. There are other skilled breastfeeding supporters as well, this is not an exhaustive list however IBCLC is the only International recognized credential for lactation specialists.
Where do you find breastfeeding support?