Struggling to Breastfeed?
If you’re a new mom struggling to breastfeed, rest assured, you’re not alone! Breastfeeding is really hard for a lot of new moms. Latch issues, pain, a baby who doesn’t seem to nurse enough, a baby who seems to nurse too much, constant night waking, the list of challenges goes on.
I struggled a lot to breastfeed and wanted to quit many times. I was lucky to have a supportive husband, but it was the information I found online, groups like La Leche League, and the support of lactation consultants are what really helped me to keep going.
It’s Easy to Find Support!
The good news is, there are tons of resources for women struggling to breastfeed. Online or in person, free or paid services, there is something for everyone who needs a little help. I’ve grouped resources below by type so you can find the breastfeeding support you need.
My list below is by no means exhaustive – it’s wonderful that there are so many resources for breastfeeding moms that I couldn’t list them all here. If you are looking for help in your area, just do a quick google search for breastfeeding support in your town or state – you’ll be surprised by the help you find!
Where to Find Breastfeeding Support
Breastfeeding Message Boards/ Online Forums
There is a big variety of online forums / message boards about breastfeeding. The forums are really reassuring because you will see that many other moms have the same struggles or questions about breastfeeding. Two of the biggest forums are from What to Expect and the Bump. I suggest joining at least one!
What to Expect Breastfeeding Forum – This discussion board is filled with useful questions and answers from other moms. It is easy and free to join to post your own questions, and you can browse questions and answers as a non-member. You can also access the group on the What to Expect app, which I found myself doing a lot!
The Bump Breastfeeding Message Board – Similar to the What to Expect forum, this message board is filled with breastfeeding questions and answers. Again, you can browse without joining or go through the free signup to post your own questions.
Breastfeeding Peer Support
There is a huge variety of breastfeeding support groups – too many to list here! La Leche League is the most famous – it is global organization with a mission to help mothers breastfeed. There are local chapters that hold regular meetings where you can find help from the La Leche League leaders and meet other breastfeeding moms. Check their site for information on local chapters. A quick google search can also help you find other support networks in your area.
Certified Lactation Consultants
Lactation Consultants are registered counselors who have completed extensive study and training in breastfeeding. I worked with two lactation consultants when my son was young. They also provided invaluable support and answers to all my questions and doubts (e.g., is my getting enough milk, etc.)
You can find a lactation consultant by asking around at your hospital, checking with your doctor or pediatrician, or check this directory.
There is a lot of breastfeeding information online, but some can be misleading. I highly recommend the following sites because they provide reliable and unbiased information about breastfeeding.
Kelly Mom – A site dedicated to providing evidence based support for breastfeeding, run by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Ask Dr. Sears – A healthcare resource for parents, this link is for the breastfeeding page.
La Leche League – Online breastfeeding support from the renowned global support group
Nancy Mohrbacher – A Board Certified Lactation Consultant with great resources, especially videos to assist with latching.
The International Lactation Consultant Association – Information on lactation consultants as well as breastfeeding resources
I Hope These Resources Help You
This list isn’t exhaustive, but it is a good place to start when you are looking for breastfeeding support. Is there a resource you think should be listed here or have you had a great experience seeking help with breastfeeding? Share in the comments below!