Breastfeeding resources for rookies

Annie (@phdinparenting) compiled an extremely helpful list of go-to references for nursing moms and moms-to-be. She has been blogging about the art and science of parenting at the PhD in Parenting Blog since May 2008.

Nursing mom picture via flickr christyscherrer

Here are Annie’s top six resources:

  1. Kellymom Kellymom is the one of the most popular and comprehensive resources on breastfeeding on the Internet. Run by International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Kelly Bonyata, the website offers articles on breastfeeding problems, pumping, pregnancy/tandem nursing, starting solids, postpartum depression, medications and herbs, and more. Kellymom also offers the kellymom breastfeeding and parenting forums, which are moderated by a group of very knowledgeable volunteers, and also a directory of lactation consultants in case you need local help.
  2. La Leche League (LLL): A worldwide organization dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education. LLL groups, which are led by experienced breastfeeding moms who are educated on breastfeeding support, meet in cities around the world. Attending a meeting while you are pregnant is a great way to familiarize yourself with breastfeeding issues, learn about the support LLL can offer, meet other breastfeeding moms and see other moms breastfeeding. LLL leaders in your community can help you with challenges you might be facing. LLL also has forums, informative articles on breastfeeding topics, and an online store where they sell their numerous books (most available on Amazon too) and other products.
  3. Jack Newman: Dr Jack Newman is one of the leading experts on breastfeeding in the world. The website for his clinic contains numerous handouts on breastfeeding problems that are used by lactation consultants and breastfeeding clinics around the world. His breastfeeding videos, especially on how to latch, are constantly referred to when trying to demonstrate to mothers how their baby should be latching on. Dr. Newman is also the author of The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, one of the best breastfeeding books available
  4. : This non-profit organization is dedicated to helping moms beat the “Booby Traps”, i.e. the cultural and institutional barriers that prevent moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. Best for Babes wants to inspire, prepare and empower moms, give breastfeeding a makeover, and give moms the solutions they need to make it work. On their blog, facebook page, on twitter, at breastfeeding conferences, and more, they are working hard to change the world so that moms can have a positive breastfeeding experience.
  5. This website, recently acquired by The Bump, includes articles and videos on numerous breastfeeding topics. They have online forums, directories of lactation consultants and other professionals, live breastfeeding Q&A sessions, information on breastfeeding celebrities, and more.
  6. Nursing Freedom: Many new moms have never seen anyone breastfeeding and feel nervous about breastfeeding in front of others. This website and blog was founded by two breastfeeding bloggers who wanted a space for moms to learn about their rights with regards to breastfeeding in public and also to feel empowered to breastfeed in public through the stories and pictures of other moms doing so.

I hope these sources are useful to you.

And now for some inspiration (and levity), we shared this video once before, but I found what looked like the extended remix version on Annie’s site:

Big thanks to Annie for lending her time and knowledge to help our readers. She is a social, political and consumer advocate on issues of importance to parents, women and children. We met her in person for the first time at BlogHer ’10 but have respected her and her activist voice for years.

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