These are resources I found very helpful:
- The Leaky Boob
This website offers great resources for breast feeding momma’s. There are tons of articles and expert advice for mom’s on perfect the latch, signs of thrush, society’s view of breast feeding, and so much more. They also have a facebook page which I really like because you can post questions and several “leakies” will offer you advice and support. It’s so important to have support as a new mom. It’s empowering.
- The Alpha Parent: Timeline of a Breastfed Baby
This article is so helpful in understanding your baby’s needs. It breaks it down day by day during the first week. I think several mothers worry their baby isn’t getting enough milk during the first few days and will start supplementing formula. That can be a detrimental to your success with breast feeding. I’ve refereced this article several times since Sam was born. It’s so important to educate yourself before you get to the hospital. I was told by one of the nurses that I will need to supplement with formula because Sam was a big baby. I hadn’t even tried nursing yet!! I never supplemented with formula and my boy did just fine. Those first few days are critical for your milk to come in and for the baby to learn how to latch. You and your baby will tell your body how much milk he needs. Your baby’s first feeds are about quality, not quantity.
Another great website that offers articles and references for breast feeding moms.
IPhone app. While battling thrush and trying to get rid of my hives, I wondered what medications were safe to take while breast feeding. This app tells you just that. You can look up just about any medication and read about the effects on lactation and infants, it’s summary of use and alternate drugs that may be more appropriate.
- Lactation Consultant
FIND ONE IN YOUR AREA BEFORE YOU DELIVER. Seriously. After I had Sam, I had 3 visits with a LC and found each visit extremely helpful. Your insurance may even cover the cost of the visit but if they don’t it shouldn’t be more than $50… and it’s very much worth the money. Just think, $50 to help you succeed with breast feeding or paying for formula?