I definitely want to start making these New Mama’s Guides a regular thing on the blog. As a new mom, there was so much information I was gathering AFTER the fact – I wish I would have had a comprehensive guideline to refer back to, before I was in the midst of the struggle, frantically researching online. I am obviously a new mom with only one child, so needless to say I don’t know EVERY thing or have EVERY resource. But I wanted to create these in hopes of providing some helpful information to other new moms who might be feeling lost or unsure. The New Mama’s Guide to Breastfeeding includes a list of 40+ online breastfeeding resources of all types (including anecdotal posts by other moms), plus a checklist of items that you’ll want to have on hand from the get-go.
I never really gave much thought to breastfeeding while I was pregnant with Ezra. Jack 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 Ezra’s birth day, 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.
A couple of weeks after Ezra was born, 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.
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!
Medela Breast Pumps – Exclusive Pumping Info
Spectra Breast Pumps
Lansinoh Breast Pumps
Safe Medications During Breastfeeding via Drugs.com
Human Milk For Human Babies
Find A Milk Bank via Prolacta
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.
LATCH: A Handbook For Breastfeeding With Confidence At Every Stage by Robin Kaplan M.Ed., IBCLC
Don’t forget to download your FREE checklist by clicking here!