Congratulations on your choice to breastfeed your baby. It is one of the best things you can do for the new life you created.
While sometimes difficult at first, most moms can breastfeed successfully with patience and a lot of support. Many moms will seek help at some point while breastfeeding and therefore, we’ve compiled a list of the best resources to help you succeed or trouble shoot any issues you may be encountering.
This website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting. Kelly is the mother of three children, and works as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
The Leaky Boob (http://theleakyboob.com)
Jessica is a mom of 6 girls who started TLB to raise breastfeeding awareness and support other moms in their breastfeeding journeys. TLB has a very active forum and moms are encouraged to ask questions and give advice.
Best for Babes (http://www.bestforbabes.org)
Best for Babes focuses on making sure expecting mothers are prepared for breastfeeding, know what to expect, and have the tools to overcome any hurdles. Come read the latest news on breastfeeding rights and awareness and share your thoughts. Best for Babes also has built a community for those who want to donate milk or need milk from donors.
La Leche Lleague (www.llli.org)
If you only chose one resource out of this list, let it be this one. La Leche League is a community of breastfeeding mothers and those who support them. They are here to teach you about why breastfeeding is so integral to your child’s healthy development. Their site has helpful resources and articles, but the best part is their forum section, where experienced experts answer questions from the common to the rare and intriguing.
Breastfeeding USA (www.breastfeedingusa.com)
Breastfeeding USA, Inc. provides evidence-based information and support, and promotes breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm. They accomplish this through a network of accredited breastfeeding counselors and comprehensive resources for the benefit of mothers and babies, families, and communities.
Office on Women’s Health (www.Womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding)
The Office on Women’s Health provides national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education and model programs. Their site has many great resources that are refreshingly easy to read (or watch, as they have some great videos).
Infant Risk Center (Infantrisk.com)
The InfantRisk Center at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a call center based solely on evidence-based medicine and research. They are dedicated to providing current and accurate information to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and healthcare professionals, and are a training center for medical and pharmacy students and medical residents in the use of drugs in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
BreastFeeding Inc. (www.breastfeedinginc.ca)
Founders Dr. Jack Newman and lactation consultant Edith Kernerman aim to empower parents by ensuring they receive the most up-to-date information to assist them with their breastfeeding baby. They provide breastfeeding resources like information sheets, videos, and articles. Some resources, such as books, protocols and videos can also be purchased through the website. Their resources help to diagnose breastfeeding concerns, treat pain, milk supply issues, concerns around babies’ health as related to feeding, and help to prevent future problems.
Did we forget your favorite breastfeeding site or forum? Let us know where you spend time online in the comments below.