As a new mom who struggled with breastfeeding, I wish I would have had a comprehensive guideline to refer back to, in my moments of struggle. I created this breastfeeding resource list for new moms that provides over 50 valuable resources for the new, nursing mom, no matter what your breastfeeding need may be. You’ll also find a downloadable PDF checklist, which includes a list of supplies you’ll need on hand to be successful in your breastfeeding journey.
I never really gave much thought to breastfeeding while I was pregnant. My husband and I took a breastfeeding class, which was very informative and gave us a basic understanding of what to expect. But to be honest, I didn’t really think it would be that big of a deal. I thought it was pretty self-explanatory, and besides, it was our natural human instinct, right? How hard could it be?
Fast forward to the birth of our son, and right from the get-go we had issues. For someone who just assumed breastfeeding would come easily to me and my baby, needless to say I was discouraged and a little bit overwhelmed.
I really needed help!
A few weeks postpartum, I finally connected with a lactation consultant through a breastfeeding-focused Facebook group that I’m a part of, and she was able to make a house call to help us work out our issues. It made SUCH a huge difference, and without her knowledge and assistance, I don’t know if I’d still be breastfeeding almost 8 months later!
It’s so easy to throw in the towel, which is why it’s so important to know what resources are available, and how to get help when you need it. Many issues can be easily remedied with help of a lactation consultant, or even just by gathering more information for yourself online.
This post is NOT meant to invalidate formula-feeding.
I wanted to quickly make it clear that this post is NOT meant to diminish or invalidate formula feeding itself or moms who choose to formula feed. My personal feeding experience has been with exclusive breastfeeding, so that’s why I compiled this resource, for other moms who are choosing to do the same.
There are different types of challenges that come along with each method of feeding, but from mom to mom I want to say: there’s nothing wrong with however you choose to feed your baby, as long as baby is happy, thriving and fed.
If you are an expectant mother who hopes and plans to breastfeed, a currently breastfeeding mother, or a mother who has previously formula-fed and is now breastfeeding, I feel you will benefit most from the below resources! Don’t forget to download your free checklist!
The web pages included in this breastfeeding resource list for new moms are intended to provide general guidance & direction. If you and your baby are seriously struggling in any area of breastfeeding, it is ALWAYS best to contact a lactation consultant or seek other professional help. You got this!
Online Breastfeeding Resource List
General Breastfeeding Information/Resources
La Leche League International
Stanford University: Getting Started With Breastfeeding
Healthy Children by American Academy of Pediatrics
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – Based in the UK
United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)
Breast Pumps & Exclusive Pumping
OTC and Prescription Drugs and Breastfeeding
LactMed Drugs & Lactation Database
Infant Risk & Infant Risk Hotline
Mother To Baby
Breastfeeding and Birth Control by the American College of Nurse-Midwives
Safe Medications During Breastfeeding via Drugs.com
Finding A Lactation Consultant
United States Laws Regarding Breastfeeding Mothers
Nutritional Information for Breastfeeding Mothers
Special/Specific Needs (Cleft Lip/Palate, Premature Infant, Etc.)
Breastfeeding a Baby With A Cleft Lip/Palate by ACPA Family Services
Cleft Lip & Palate Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding the Premature Baby: Nursing in the NICU, Article by Anne Smith, IBCLC
Breastfeeding the High-Risk Newborn
Breastfeeding An Infant With Down Syndrome
Milk Banking/Donating Milk/Receiving Milk
Print Breastfeeding Resource List
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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Dianne Wiessinger
The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child From Birth Through Weaning by Martha Sears, R.N. and William Sears, M.D.
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD., IBCLC
LATCH: A Handbook For Breastfeeding With Confidence At Every Stage by Robin Kaplan M.Ed., IBCLC
Anecdotal Resource List
The following are personal accounts, opinions and experiences only, and are not meant to replace medical advice or professional help.
Facebook Groups such as Badass Breastfeeders of *Your City Name* search FB to see if there is a group in your city/region.
Lynzy & Co. Nursing Friendly Fashion, Thrush Remedies, Tips & Tricks
“Pumping Mom Academy” E-Course by Marianna Chambers, Find Your Mom Tribe blog
Born & Fed Blog by Jessica, an IBCLC – Offers in-home consultations & e-mail service packages. Blog offers tips and tricks.
Traveling with Breastmilk by Tavia Carslon, Big Brave Nomad blog
How to Breastfeed Twins: The Logistics by Kim Cartwright, Team Cartwright blog
Breastfeeding World BlogTwins and Breastfeeding – How I Breastfed My Twins For Over 12 Months by Go Mommy blog
The Scoop On Nursing Bras by Naya, Lactivist in Louboutins blog
Breastfeeding…The First Five Days by All Things Mom with Aly Tyghter
Nutritional Strategies to Boost Breastmilk Production by Sarah Russell, NTP
Breastfeeding A Baby With Downs Syndrome, by Hayley Balozi, I Am River blog
10 Tips for Pumping at Work, by Shannon, Mom Without Labels blog
Adventures In Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding A Baby And A Toddler, by Bailey, Simply Mom Bailey blog
I hope you found this breastfeeding resource list for new moms to be helpful and informative! If you have any questions about additional resources or breastfeeding in general, you can comment below or reach me through the Contact Me page. Don’t forget to download your free checklist!