Breastfeeding is freaking hard, I hope these 11 breastfeeding resources will make your life just a little easier.
For me, breastfeeding was the most trying part of becoming a mother.
I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I read and researched before giving birth and thought I would have a good handle on breastfeeding.
I did not.
First, the baby was losing weight. Then there was the painful-as-all-get-out latch. Then there was more pain. We had a lip tie fixed. My nipple cracked. I bought ALL THE NIPPLE CREAMS. When the pain subsided, my supply dropped. And on and on.
We just recently hit one year, and I can’t believe I am now thinking about what weaning will look like.
The shit is hard, but there were a ton of resources that made my life a little easier. It did, however, take me months to find good resources with solid advice about breastfeeding. I want to save you that struggle by sharing my top breastfeeding resources.
Keep in mind that none of these breastfeeding resources are infallible and every momma and every baby will be different. Always do your own research and talk to your doctor or a lactation consultant.
I see this site recommended as a resource in tons of mom groups, and for good reason. This site is filled with evidence-based information about every aspect of parenting, but focuses a great deal on breastfeeding. Whether you are exclusively pumping, wondering about fore milk/hind milk imbalance, or just don’t know if what you are dealing with is normal, this site is a fantastic resource. I particularly recommend this post about breastmilk storage.
The site does focus on Attachment Parenting, but I find it provides a pretty well-rounded look at breastfeeding and parenting in general. Whether you are nervous about breastfeeding in public, looking for book reviews, or wondering about ‘extended breastfeeding’, I recommend both the site and their Facebook Page. No nonsense, a little cheeky.
This database is an awesome resource for breastfeeding mothers who are wondering if a certain medication will affect the breastfeeding relationship. They offer sources for all the data and all information is peer reviewed before publishing. There is also an app for both iPhone and Android.
This information is particularly useful to double check for moms who are told they can’t nurse after a surgery or procedure – sometimes doctors are not up to date on what is and isn’t safe for breastfeeding mamas. (As always, I am not a doctor, so talk to your doctor and get a second opinion if needed.)
You knew this one was going to be on the list, didn’t you? 🙂 This is easily the most well-known resource for breastfeeding mamas. There is definitely some mixed opinions about the organization, but their site is full of great info and there are local chapters in nearly every city. Other features include online chat, information about breastfeeding laws, and book recommendations.
This site offers tips on breastfeeding (and bottle feeding breastfed babies!), product reviews, and general support for mamas who breastfeed. I love the straight forwards, sometimes funny, vibe. Perfect reading for those late night nursing sessions that never.seem.to.end.
From general information (What is colostrum?) to in-depth medical statistics, the WHO is a fantastic source for information about what is ‘normal’ when it comes to breastfeeding. Also great for citing as a source when your weird aunt gives you crap about nursing past 6 months. (The WHO recommends nursing until 2, FWIW. I recommend nursing until you feel like stopping.)
Here are a few other useful resources for breastfeeding mothers.
- Printable Milk Storage Card
- How to Hand Express (video)
- Football Hold for Breastfeeding (video)
- The Best M&M Lactation Cookies
- Deep Latch Technique
Do You Have Other Breastfeeding Resources to Share?
The internet has made it so very easy to share information. Which is awesome. But it also means there is a lot of misinformation out there, too. These are the sources where I found the most in-depth, up to date breastfeeding information. Have anything to add to the list? Feel free to share in the comments!