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Favorite Breastfeeding Resources
La Leche League: Find a LLL meeting group close to you. If you haven't already done this, you should! I'm a big time introvert, but I pushed myself outside of my comort zone and went to a local meeting. It was amazing. Being around other women feeding their babies and facing similar issues can be extremely empowering and rewarding!
US Lactation Consultant Association: This website helps you locate a certified Lactation Consultant in your area and how you can contact them. If your having issues breastfeeding, don't delay in getting professional help. It can make all the difference.
KellyMom : Straight forward advise back by science. I've used this website several times to help trouble shoot problems when breastfeeding my first one.
Breast Feeding Basics: Lots of great articles that take your through all the basics of breastfeeding, a great starting point for new moms
Dr. Sears: The attachment-parenting guru. This website has a lot of great articles for breastfeeding even for the non attachment-parenting parent.
Living With Low Milk Supply: This website has so many great articles geared for mothers who seem to just never seem to have enough milk. I wish I had found this website when I was stressing over making enough milk after going back to work.
Great Breastfeeding Articles:
Breastfed babies grow differently from The Pistachio Project
5 Rookie Mistakes that could have ruined our breastfeeding from Haute in Texas
Breastfeeding Twins... Advice from 3 Mamas from Mother Rising
How to hand express milk from Baby Center
Breastfeeding Benefits (Why it's worth it!)
Breastfeeding Benefits: from Blooming Brilliant
How Breastfeeding Changes your brain from The Alpha Parent (This is a very long, in depth article. It's one of my favorites though!)
A Well Kept Secret, Breastfeeding's Benefits to Mothers from La Leche League
Must-Haves for the Nursing Mama from The Happy Herbal Home
Donor Milk: What you need to know to supplement with human milk from Small Bites Wellness
Pumping & Work
25 Tips for Breastfeeding Moms Who Work from We're Parents
Preparing to pump at work: Tips, Product Recommendations and more! from The Analytical Mommy
Top Breast Pumps for Working Moms: from Mamas Now
Tips & Tricks for a Breastfeeding Mom Going Back to Work from The Pistachio Project
Fun & Inspiring
This is a book put out by the La Leche League, so you know the information is going to be high quality. Some moms find this book a bit discouraging though and feel as if it's judgemental. It really depends on the type of reader. I'm the type of person that needs this type of information to push me. Everyones different though.
I love me some Ina May. She is a pioneer in midwifery. I loved her birthing books. This is definitely a more "crunchy" resource. Perfect for those who had an all natural birth or home birth.
The top rated book for breastfeeding mamas returning to work. Returning to work after maternity leave is super stressful. First you feel terrible for leaving your baby behind. Then add the stress of figuring out how to pump successfully at work.
Best breastfeeding products:
Products for when the pain is too much
There was a lot of pain in my breastfeeding journey. My baby's latch took its toll on me. The pain got so bad I would sob when my baby was hungry. Luckily we figured it out. These products helped us get there. Be warned, there are a lot of cautionary tales with nipple shields and nipple confusion. However, had I not had one for the short time I did, I would have surely injured by nipples beyond being able to feed my baby.
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