Beautiful, natural, painful, time-consuming: Breastfeeding is basically the best of times and the worst of times when it comes to your new life as a mother. Whether you’re a first-time mom just trying to get it right or an old pro who can nurse a newborn on a moving Ferris wheel, check out these resources for all of your milk-related questions.
La Leche League. Dating back to the '50s, La Leche League is the quintessential resource for breastfeeding. Think of LLL as an online community where you can find local support groups and lactation consultants as well as ask questions and just read testimonials from moms who’ve been through it. There’s even a hotline where you can call in with your pressing “why is my right boob supply way down?” questions.
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding. Famed midwife Ina May Gaskin is considered a guru in the natural childbirth movement, and her guide to breastfeeding follows that same philosophy. If you’re looking for a holistic approach to mothering through breastfeeding, this book provides practical advice while focusing on the mind/body relationship.
The Boob Group Podcast. When your hands are full with a tiny baby, even finding a free arm to surf the web is hard. Tune in, listen and relax with The Boob Group, a podcast full of advice on all things nursing-related. It’s like having your breast friend over for coffee.
Kellymom. If you’re looking for the latest evidence-based approaches to breastfeeding, Kellymom is the site for you. The website provides links to articles on everything from latching to weaning to all the milky business in between. So you can decide whether or not to have a beer during breastfeeding based on science…and not what happened to your neighbor’s best friend’s friend.
The Leaky Boob Facebook Group. The Leaky Boob is a breastfeeding support community where members can openly discuss problems/solutions and also share stories, articles and memes about cracked nipples. Because you gotta post them somewhere, right?