Finding Breastfeeding Support (Who’s your “one”?)
Happy New Year, fellow mamas!
If you’re starting off this year hoping and planning to breastfeed your baby, I believe one of the most valuable resources you can have is someone in your corner, cheering you on.
Whether it’s your first baby or you’re a veteran, not one of us is going to turn down any extra support when it comes to this area of motherhood. We need each other, and we need knowledgeable people who we can turn to for sound advice and positive reinforcement. Having two or three of these people would be so beneficial, but I’m here to tell you that all you really need is ONE. Just one. And I’m going to help you find your one.
There are a few different “types” of people who can support your breastfeeding journey.
- A fellow mom friend who has successfully breastfed/is breastfeeding currently
- Your child’s pediatrician, if they are pro-breastfeeding
- A Lactation Consultant in your area (it may take a few tries to find the right fit!)
If you don’t know anyone personally or locally that you can reach out to, here is another option:
4. An Online Lactation Expert
Hopefully between these options, there is at least one you can reach out to and rely on.
Having a mom friend on hand that you can contact directly with simple, day to day questions is invaluable. She can also be a source of great encouragement since she can relate so well to you. Pediatricians and Lactation Consultants are a major help for establishing routines and schedules, latch help, and medical advice.
If you find yourself lacking support locally, you should really consider seeking out help from an online lactation expert. There are SO MANY wonderful online resources, and web-based lactation experts are the next best thing to having in-person help. You can glean a great deal of wisdom and insight for free located on websites just like this one. But there are some that take it a step further with video courses and online consults available. I really believe that there is power in preparation and knowledge – and those two things can definitely be accomplished from right where you’re sitting!
One of the top online resources I’ve referred people to is Lactation Link. Lindsey, who runs Lactation Link, is an RN, Childbirth Educator, and IBCLC-certified Lactation Coach and she offers video courses that cover breastfeeding basics, troubleshooting, pumping, etc. Click here to access my ambassador link and view the classes.
Even if you have local resources, going through a breastfeeding course in advance is one of the best ways you can set yourself up for success with nursing. (Tip: If you’re still pregnant and have registered at Babylist.com, you can even put these classes on your registry for friends and family to purchase!)
Don’t let a lack of support be the reason you choose not to breastfeed. We have access to so much assistance if we will avail ourselves to it. Remember, you only need ONE person you can turn to for advice – who will it be for you?
I don’t claim to have all the breastfeeding knowledge you’ll need, but it is such a joy encouraging you mamas, so just know you’ve found a cheerleader right here. Please reach out if I can be of any support to you. I really do believe in you!