Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: It Takes An Army…

When we make the selfless decision to breastfeed, we could use all the help we can find. From second trimester research to latching solutions, lactation boosters or breastfeeding advocacy; there’s truthfully a multitude of different reasons a breastfeeding mom needs to reach out for answers. 

Family or friends who breastfed their munchkins, your doctors, and lactation consultant are all incredible, important resources for you. They are here for the advice, the questions, celebrations, or any number of mom moments we might have during the trying, beautiful challenge of breastfeeding. 

In addition, here are a few of online resources that I have found extremely useful during my thirteen plus months of breastfeeding my daughter:

Breastfeeding Infographics from World Health Organization (WHO):
http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/breastfeeding_infographics/en/

– These infographics are simply the best. They cover a wide range of scenarios as you navigate this new venture with your baby. 

Breastfeeding State Laws:
http://breastfeedinglaw.com/

– This website is all-inclusive for every state in the United States. You and your baby have rights. Don’t forget to know your state’s laws. This site includes your rights to pump at work, your federal rights, and more. Take a look at some of this just to be prepared just in case.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy on Breastfeeding:

https://www2.aap.org/breastfeeding/policyonbreastfeeding.Html

– I have referred to this website several times, especially after talking with My daughter’s pediatrician. The AAP recommends breastfeeding until at least the age of two. I needed this reference for a conversation I had to have with someone close to us. When you are able to know what professionals recommend and have discovered, you will feel a little stronger in your conviction when you have knowledge to support your passion to provide the best for your baby.

My favorite lactation cookie to try was this one: 

http://www.mamanatural.com/lactation-cookie-recipe/

– I tried a few different recipes for lactation cookies, smoothies, and muffins. This is my favorite lactation cookie. It works too! Keep in mind the foods you eat, the amount of water you drink, and caffeine you ingest definitely affect your milk production.

Foods & More That Increase Milk Supply:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/165671-foods-that-increase-milk-supply-when-breastfeeding/

– Speaking of nutrition to increase supply, I have found a lot of different lists but this one is above all my very favorite. The best thing about this list is there are common items, delicious foods, and easy recipes as well!

This is such a great site for breastfeeding mommas:

http://www.llli.org/

– La Leche is another fact-based site for everything breastfeeding. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help or support. You can find it here!

Ohio State Lactation Consultants and Family Resources:

https://osuhealthplan.com/members/buckeye-babies/services

– This is a link to my local hospital where I had my baby. Most hospitals are amazing for resources for new moms, especially breastfeeding moms.

I hope that these sites, infographics, forums, and more are great resources for you as your continue your breastfeeding journey. 

Any tips, tricks, sites, or secrets anyone has to share with us MomMes?

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