Some information for breastfeeding mommies!
Let me start by saying that breastfeeding your baby is giving your child the best gift that you possibly can give. There is nothing more natural, than a mother nourishing her child from her breast. That is the way we were born and that is what our bodies were created to do, well not JUST that…but that’s what the boobies were created for. There is never any shame in nursing your child anywhere, anytime and do not let society tell you otherwise.
Nursing is one of those things, to some moms it comes naturally and is a breeze and then to other moms it is one of the biggest challenges of their lives. I was one of those moms that it did not come naturally to, in fact it was really really hard and in the first few weeks and months of nursing I wanted to give up many times. I lived on the web, reading any info I could find about how to get a baby to latch on, sore nipples, suckling, milk supply etc… As time went on I got more confident as a mom, and nursing did become easier. There were still challenges, but I found support from other moms and with their encouragement I was able to nurse my baby for as long as I chose to.
We are here to support moms, any way we can and make a nursing moms life even a little bit easier. Always remember to be kind to yourself. You are doing your best and that is all that matters. No matter how hard the moment you are in is, this too shall pass…just keeping chugging along!
How to hold a baby while breastfeeding
Here are 5 breastfeeding positions worth trying:
1. The Football Hold: Look at the baby’s legs against the wall! This is a great position for breastfeeding twins, as the baby is not blocking the way to the other breast.
2. The Reversed Cradle Hold: I find that this is a great starter position, as it allows you to really well position your breast.
3. The Cradle Hold is a classic. You can start with the reverse cradle and switch to the cradle when you feel comfortable.
4. Side-Lying down: THE breastfeeding position for everyone who had a c-section. The baby is not pressing on the rough spots and you can rest. It is also a nice position at night.
5. The saddle hold: I like this one, especially for older babies. At some point, they are tall enough to sit on your lap and nurse! Before they reach that height, you can put a cushion underneath their bums. This is worth a try.
6. Lying on your back (the Australian hold), the baby breastfeeding face down on you: no one had told me that I could breastfeed this way and I was fighting with tons of pillows to get my baby to latch on with the side lying position (she was small and my breast was too high for her to reach it when I laid on my side). After a few months, I tried this position and I really wish I had tried it earlier. Being small-breasted, it just made more sense for me to nurse this way. No more need for any pillows!
Little pieces of advice:
- For all positions, make yourself comfortable. Try not to bend towards your baby but to rather bring him up to your breast’s height.
- When sitting down (in the Madona position), put the baby’s arm that is on your thigh around your waist.
- When lying down on your side, bring the baby’s bottom against your abdomen so that he has a better latch.
- In the “Australian” position, have your baby lie diagonally on your abdomen.
BREASTFEEDING RESOURCES ON THE WEB
Some of our favorite websites for breastfeeding moms. These are trusted sites that can answer almost any question that a mom can have about nursing.
- La Leche League — LLL are the forerunners in breastfeeding aid and education. Not only do they have some of the most comprehensive and accurate info, but you can find a local group to or nearby leader to come to the hospital and/or your house for one-on-one help.
- Kellymom — No frills on this site and most easily used when searched via Google (i.e. “Kellymom pumping and work”), but they are very informative, covering just about anything you can think of, in multiple ways, in easy layman’s terms. I have never been let down by this website or their extensive list of sources at the end of every page.
- Breastfeeding.com –The abundance of breastfeeding information, videos, and stories from breastfeeding moms make this site a great resource.
- Best for Babes Foundation— This amazing Facebook group and web page are really ground-breaking in promotion of breastfeeding, and always on top of the most current news and studies. No pressure, no judgement, just help.
- The Austrailian Breastfeeding Association — Not just for Aussies, this website has a large, comprehensive guide of breastfeeding info, and is the leader in Australia’s campaigns to promote breastfeeding.
- The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine — This American organization leads in news and research in regards to breastfeeding, and their Facebook page is very informative and supportive.
- Dr. Jack Newman — Perhaps one of this continent’s (he’s Canadian) most educated doctors on breastfeeding — Dr. Newman’s entire website is dedicated to breastfeeding information and videos. He’s one of the main go-to-guys for everything breastfeeding.
- Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths — This Facebook group is dedicated entirely to discussing and debunking rumors about breastfeeding, breast milk, and formula.
- Dr. Sears — If you’ve ever heard of attachment parenting, you’ve heard of Dr. Sears. But even if you aren’t an attachment parent, his website has a large, easy-to-use list of lots of different breastfeeding concerns with helpful suggestions.
- Nursing Freedom — This blog discusses current breastfeeding topics, as well as providing PDF support cards to hand out to mothers you see NIP, and some pro-breastfeeding gear.
- The Feminist Breeder — The amazingly intelligent and witty blogger behind TFB is educated in pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. And she used to be in Veruca Salt.
- phD in Parenting — Another educated blogger spreads the word. This site has a lot of info on breastfeeding support and aids, and dispels myths.
- Low Milk Supply — This website is dedicated entirely to identifying and working with a low milk supply to increase your success.
- Breastfeeding support groups — There is a lot to learn from moms who havesuccessfully breastfed for at least two years.
- World Health Organization (WHO) — The leaders in health information for the entire world, WHO really cares about breastfeeding success.
- New Beginnings —This is LLL’s bi-monthly magazine which features helpful information and stories from other nursing moms.
- Centers for Disease Control — The focus of the CDC is “the herd” as a whole, but the facts remain the same — breastfeeding saves lives, prevents disease, and is way more than just a feeding choice. Check out their most recent releases and studies about the benefits of breastfeeding.
- Breastfeeding Moms Unite! — This Facebook group and website is just for breastfeeding moms. There is unity and success in numbers.
- Cindy of Euphoric Birth Services — A certified breastfeeding peer counselor and natural birth advocate, Cindy is passionate about helping women breastfeed.
- DSHS/womenshealth.gov — This website by our own federal government has breastfeeding information, as well as lists of government programs to help breastfeeding moms, including phone support on the National Breastfeeding Hotline.
- Historic Photos and Prints of Breastfeeding —Dedicated to normalizing breastfeeding through exposure, this Facebook group also shows breastfeeding photographs and art throughout history. Also big supporters of breastfeeding information and myth debunking.
- For Babies’ Sake — A ton of information can be found on this Facebook group and website that also has a hotline for breastfeeding help.
- Breastfeeding Online — Great book recommendations, and stories and experiences from breastfeeding moms can be found here.
- International Lactation Consultant Association — If you want to find a certified lactation consultant who can really give you specialized help, check out this site that also contains a lot of great takeaway.
- Nancy Mohrbacher: Breastfeeding Reporter — Nancy is a certified lactation consultant and author who has been recognized for her lifelong dedication to breastfeeding education and support.
- The Leaky B@@b — Sometimes the best advice is from others in the same situation as you and this Facebook group for breastfeeding moms discusses the newest issues breastfeeding moms face.
- Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Surgery— This specialized site is for moms who have had any form of breast or nipple surgery and want to/are breastfeeding.
- The Adoptive Breastfeeding Resource — Adopting mothers can breastfeed and this website is dedicated to helping moms who want to nurse their new babies.
- Dr. Mercola — Though the website can be a little hard to navigate (you have to search for specifics), Dr. Mercola is recognized as one of the leading doctors in natural medicine — and what’s more natural than breastfeeding?
- Evenflo/Ameda — Evenflo’s Ameda line outsources their content to breastfeeding experts so the information is sound and helpful. And they often have great breastfeeding campaigns that raise awareness and give support.
- Blacktating — This brilliant blog is written by an African-American lactating mom, hence the name. Witty and informative for everyone.
- Mocha Milk — This blog is specifically aimed at African-American, bi-racial, and other minority moms who are nursing.
- Breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting Twins — Nursing twins can present different challenges, but this site will help moms who want to breastfeed and practice attachment parenting.
- Work and Pump — For many, breastfeeding also includes pumping. This website for working moms or any woman who pumps offers help and support.
- United States Breastfeeding Committee — The main American resource for breastfeeding information is full what you need to know when it comes to lactation. If only more of this was shared with Americans and their pediatricians.
- Dr. Hale, Texas Tech — Let’s involve science! Dr. Hale gives a more scientific view on breastfeeding questions, including drug and vaccine interactions and current news and studies.
- Sixty Second Parent Breastfeeding — Don’t have time to read through long articles? This website has a bunch of quick posts and videos on breastfeeding, as well as parenting tips for pregnancy, infancy, toddlerhood, and big kids.
- Hathor the Cow Goddess — Heather Cushman-Dowdee is hilarious and if you want your info to come with a laugh, then read the Cow Goddess. We all have our struggles and she’ll help ease your stress.
- MOBI Motherhood International — MOBI stands for Mothers Overcoming Breastfeeding Issues, and is all about getting past struggles with stories of women overcoming their breastfeeding hardships. Inspirational.
- International Breastfeeding Journal — For research junkies like me, these journals can be fascinating and educating as they cover a wide variety of issues and topics.
- National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy — NABA’s website fights against misinformation and sabotage, and promotes breastfeeding advocacy.
- Dr. Jay Gordon — First-time moms can find great information from Dr. Gordon. His resources also help pregnant moms wanting to nurse and he features lots of personal stories.
- Dr. Momma— This aggressive, activist blogger has no qualms with attacking anyone who gets in her way, including formula companies. Want to know the truth? She’ll tell you.
- International Baby Food Action Network — IBFAB is a group that helps promote the sharing of accurate, non-financially-biased baby feeding information, and speaks out actively against formula companies and pharmaceutical companies intervening or sabotaging moms.
- The Lactivist — Don’t be turned off by the store-front look — check out the blog on the right-hand side that features reviews of breastfeeding products and delves into discussions about common breastfeeding barriers.
- Mothering Magazine — This online magazine also includes useful forums and they are dedicated to natural birth, parenting, and full-term breastfeeding.
- World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action — This global networks focuses on education and promotion of breastfeeding knowledge around the world.
- Just for Mom – Ameda — This breast pump maker also has a sub-site with a lot of emphasis on the need for breastfeeding. Their info comes from well-known and respected breastfeeding books and those on the international board of lactation consultant examiners.
- BreastfeedingCommunity.co.uk — These forums support UK mums, but there are lots of details that are helpful to all. Those in the UK will also find lists of resources and places to get breastfeeding help near them.
- MumandMemagazine.com — This online magazine (and physical one too) is the sister site born out of the Breastfeeding Community above.
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Love, Victoria and Sanda