Friday, February 23, 2018

The New Mama's Guide To Breastfeeding (50 Resources & FREE Checklist!)


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       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.



         One important aspect of breastfeeding (if not the MOST important) is maintaining your milk supply. As if giving birth and bringing home a fresh babe isn't stressful enough, now you need to rely on your own body to provide everything this tiny person needs - but no pressure, right? You all know I'm a major foodie, and it's hard for me to talk about breastfeeding without mentioning one of my favorite brands of lactation tea & granola bars. Don't get me wrong, there's no "magic potion" that can solve all of your milk supply dilemmas but it's just scientific fact that some foods have a greater affect on boosting your milk supply - and I think all breastfeeding moms can all use a little assistance from time to time. I've been buying Oat Mama granola bars ever since Ezra was born, and I'll probably continue purchasing them even after I'm done breastfeeding - they're just THAT good. Not only are these bars filling and delicious, but they're also made with clean, pronounceable ingredients and contain ZERO dairy, gluten, egg or soy - some of the main allergens breastfeeding moms need to be wary of. If you're looking for a clean, healthy snack option that can tide you over during those middle-of-the-night feeds, looking to give your supply a little boost, or need a unique gift for a mom-to-be, DEFINITELY give these a try!




       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!



The following resources are intended to provide guidance & direction for moms looking for basic information on breastfeeding and how to overcome most breastfeeding hurdles. If you and your baby are seriously struggling in any area of breastfeeding, it is ALWAYS best to contact a lactation consultant or seek other professional help. You got this!


Online Resources

General Breastfeeding Information/Resources

Breast Pumps & Exclusive Pumping
Long-Term Pumping, Article by Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC

OTC/Prescription Drugs & Breastfeeding

Finding A Lactation Consultant

United States Laws Regarding Breastfeeding Mothers

Nutritional Information for Breastfeeding Mothers

Special/Specific Needs (Cleft Lip/Palate, Premature Infant, Etc.)

Milk Banking/Donating Milk/ Receiving Milk


Print Resources

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD., IBCLC


Anecdotal Resources

**The following are personal accounts, opinions and experiences only, and are not meant to replace medical advice or professional help.**

Facebook Groups such as Badass Breastfeeders of *Your City Name* search FB to see if there is a group in your city/region.

Lynzy & Co. Nursing Friendly Fashion, Thrush Remedies, Tips & Tricks

"Pumping Mom Academy" E-Course by Marianna Chambers, Find Your Mom Tribe blog

Born & Fed Blog by Jessica, an IBCLC - Offers in-home consultations & e-mail service packages. Blog offers tips and tricks.

Traveling with Breastmilk by Tavia Carslon, Big Brave Nomad blog

How to Breastfeed Twins: The Logistics by Kim Cartwright, Team Cartwright blog



The Scoop On Nursing Bras by Naya, Lactivist in Louboutins blog

Breastfeeding...The First Five Days by All Things Mom with Aly Tyghter


Breastfeeding A Baby With Downs Syndrome, by Hayley Balozi, I Am River blog

10 Tips for Pumping at Work, by Shannon, Mom Without Labels blog



     I hope you found these resources helpful! If you have any questions about additional resources or breastfeeding in general, you can comment below or reach me through the Contact Me page. 
What's ONE thing that you wish you'd known about breastfeeding beforehand?


15 comments:

  1. Great content for new moms. I breastfed my son but sadly lost my milk due to and undetected illness, which I later found out I had when my son was 9. I recommend all new moms be tested for thyroid disease.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Patricia! Also, it's funny you mention thyroid disease - someone else mentioned this to me last week in regards to breastfeeding. It definitely seems like something more moms need to be aware of!

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  2. Wow! This is such an awesome resource that will really help a lot of moms out there!

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  3. This is a great resource for new mothers. You're right, it's not easy!

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  4. I, too thought that breastfeeding was going to come naturally, especially after taking two breastfeeding classes and reading #allofthebooks. Boy, was I wrong! We struggled and struggled. These are great resources for the new mom! Thank you for taking the time to put something like this together!

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    1. I think a lot of new moms feel the same way you and I did! Thank you for your kind words. :)

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  5. I breastfed both of my babies and overall didn't have many issues, except the day we came home from the hospital with my first child... I never thought I'd be one of those moms who had to call the nurse line as soon as we got home but we did! She was overly hungry and I was a crying wreck and thankfully we got it together after that. My hospital also sent a lactation consultant out to the house about a week or so after having our baby with both of my babies and I think that's so awesome. I know it's not like that everywhere but I was grateful for that extra support.

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    1. It's awesome you were able to have that support when you needed it! It's amazing what the advice and assistance of an LC can do. Thanks so much for reading!

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  6. Great post! Resources are such an invaluable part of parenting. knowing others have gone through the same thing, and knowing how they got through it... it helps so much.

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  7. These are great resources! I've been breastfeeding for almost 5 yrs now- has it really been that long? Oats are a great, age way to increase milk supply.

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