Whether you're a new breastfeeding mother or you consider yourself an old pro, there are always questions that come up.
How do I know if I have mastitis?
Why does my baby fuss during nursing?
How can I protect my freezer stash of breast milk if the power goes off?
Is this medication safe to take while breastfeeding?
Luckily, there are a number of great resources on the web where you find the answer to just about any breastfeeding question you might have.
Here are some of the best.
KellyMom has been around since 1996 and the website is an online treasure for nursing mothers. Kelly says:
At KellyMom.com, our goal is to provide support & evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting. I am the mother of three lovely children, and I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
You can find articles at KellyMom on topics such as pregnancy, nutrition, ages & stages and parenting, but the site is especially useful for its breastfeeding articles. Some examples are:
- Average Weight Gain for Breastfed Babies
- Milk Bank FAQ: Why do we need to pasteurize the milk?
- Maternity Leave and Breastfeeding Rates
- Breastfeeding a Baby with Tongue-Tie (Resources)
- Breastfeeding and Caffeine
- Breastfeeding Challenges in the Early Days (Resources)
- Engorgement Help: Reverse Pressure Softening
- Herb Safety Categories
- My power went out and I have breastmilk in the freezer – Help!
- and much, much more.
You can browse KellyMom's breastfeeding articles here (click on "previous entries" at the bottom to view other pages of archives) or you can simply do a search for specific questions.
La Leche League International (LLLI) has been helping nursing mothers since the 1950's and the organization is a wonderful source of support and information. LLLI says:
Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
You can find information about legal issues regarding general breastfeeding question, legal issues and how to find local support. Examples of the information on LLLI include:
- Adoptive Nursing
- Nursing Strikes
- Extended Breastfeeding and the Law
- Suck Problems
- Breast Problems and Pain
- Disaster/Emergency/Crisis Nursing
- The Breastfeeding Relationship and Visitation Plans
You can also find breastfeeding support and ask questions on Facebook on groups such as Peaceful Parenting, Breastfeeding Mamas and Breastfeeding Support and Topics. Keep in mind that these groups can be wonderful for support and connection, but advice given may not be as accurate as at trusted sites like KellyMom or LLLI.
I also share information and news about breastfeeding in this column and my other attachment parenting column. Some of the articles I've shared include:
- Free LactMed app tells which meds are safe for nursing mothers
- Attachment Parenting 101: How to deal with "You're STILL nursing?"
- Minnesota's breastfeeding laws
- Healing mastitis naturally
- Read LLL's Breastfeeding Today magazine free online
- D-MER: When breastfeeding causes sadness
- Study finds that every month of breastfeeding leads to higher IQ
- Great works of art showing Mary breastfeeding Jesus (Photos)
- Fewer hospitals giving formula samples to new moms
- New infant growth chart uses breastfed babies as the norm
- Breast milk samples needed for cancer research
- Breastfeeding laws by state
- Tell congress to restore WIC breastfeeding peer counselors!
- Celebrity breastfeeding quotes
- Study finds breastfeeding mothers get as much sleep as formula feeders
- Researchers find more maternal responses in brains of breastfeeding mothers
- Attachment Parenting 101: How do I defend my AP practices in a custody battle?
- WHO and UNICEF respond to negative exclusive breastfeeding article
- Study finds boys who were breastfed score better at math, reading and more
- Breastfeeding mothers come to aid of Baby Matthew
- Mankato family seeks breastmilk for newborn after mother dies
- Oxytocin levels go up during birth, breastfeeding and... Twitter?
- Researchers find immune-boosting mechanism in breastmilk
- Experimental breast cancer vaccine would destroy women's ability to breastfeed
- Minnesota mom's breastfeeding video goes viral
- CBS video talks about the challenges of breastfeeding
- More than two dozen mothers volunteer to nurse baby after his mother dies
- Mothers stage nurse-in at Maplewood Old Country Buffet
- Media scares breastfeeding mothers with alarmist cancer study
- Attachment Parenting 101: Can you breastfeed a baby with PKU?
- Does your hospital give out baby bags that support breastfeeding?
- Mercy Corps offering Breastfeeding Kits in poor countries for holiday presents
- MilkShare matches moms who need breast milk with those who have milk to spare
- 55 Illnesses that breastfeeding helps prevent or minimize
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