Although breastfeeding is a natural act for mothers and their babies, it doesn’t always mean that it’s easy for moms to get the hang of.
Just like motherhood in general, you need to have your support system in place to help you navigate the ups and downs. A big part of this is having resources readily available to help you achieve a pleasant and fulfilling breastfeeding experience for you and your baby.
All of us here at Milky Mama want any mother who is thinking of breastfeeding - or already is - to be empowered with resources that guide them through any issues or questions that may come up. This blog will give you the tools you need to find the right resources for you.
Before you turn to Google, you should get advice from someone who has trained and studied breastfeeding.
The best choice for proper information and guidance is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or Certified Lactation Counselor.
These professionals have spent countless hours gaining the knowledge and experience needed to help mothers and babies master breastfeeding.
They are able to diagnose problems - from improper latch to a blocked milk duct - so that you can successfully nurse your child.
The internet is a black hole of information, and it is not always accurate or factual.
To get the right information, schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant.
Most will meet you in their office or conduct a home visit.
Some insurances will cover a portion of this visit so be sure to check with your insurance provider.
If you are unsure of where to find local support, ask your obstetrician, midwife, or pediatrician for the name of a lactation consultant who can help you.
Breastfeeding Support Groups
Support groups are the perfect way to get hands on help while connecting with other moms.
These groups are usually run by an IBCLC or Registered Nurse, which means you are going to learn the best tips and tricks available.
Many times your hospital or doctors’ office will host these support classes for you to ask questions, nurse your baby, and make lifelong friends.
You are often able to attend for free, so don’t hesitate to find the nearest group if you need support.
Although you shouldn’t trust everything you find on the internet, there are a few websites that are worth checking out.
La Leche League
La Leche League is a trustworthy resource for breastfeeding moms around the world.
They are one of the best websites for finding local support, getting information on breastfeeding, and raising awareness for breastfeeding support.
Their website is jam packed with credible information on almost any breastfeeding topic you can imagine.
KellyMom.com has been a favorite for over 20 years because of her evidence-based approach to lactation and infant nutrition.
Kelly Bonyata is an IBCLC that has been helping mothers breastfeed their babies since 1997.
She is devoted to providing the most current information available with the latest research on lactation, infant nutrition, and infant development.
Did you know that we offer more than tasty treats to promote a healthy milk supply?
That’s right! Milky Mama also provides breastfeeding help from our team of Lactation Consultants and through our Breastfeeding 101 course.
We can help you with a variety of breastfeeding and pumping issues so you can be educated and empowered to have the best breastfeeding journey possible.
For moms local to our Rancho Cucamonga, California location we have our free Breastfeeding Support Group.
If you’re not local, don’t worry! You can also find us hanging out in the Official Milky Mama Lactation Support Facebook Group where we provide breastfeeding support and information for moms.
Whether you are new to breastfeeding or an experienced pro, it’s always good to have the right resources there when you need them. This journey is filled with highs and lows, and it’s easy to get discouraged. Remember, we are always here for you and have your back. We believe in you, mama!