5 blogs that might just be the breastfeeding support you've been searching for.
Breastfeeding can be an extreme subject. Either you’re frowned upon because you’re exposing yourself in public, or you’re exiled because your “unsuccessful” try just wasn’t good enough for someone. Regardless, we all know the amazing benefits, and while nursing just isn’t in the cards for everyone, your level of success can often be about the support system around you. I, personally, had to seek that encouragement. After an unplanned C-section and pressure to try formula on Day 2 at the hospital, I felt a little like... oh, you know, a failure (postpartum hormones are not nice). Nurses told me it would be in my best interest to supplement with formula, even though my child was latching perfectly, and I had colostrum coming in. So I did. What did I know? I met a lactation consultant a few hours before we exited the hospital and she said three words: supply and demand. Right. But even after my milk was coming in, breastfeeding was more difficult than I thought. My instinct was to nurse, but it took a toll on me mentally and physically. I felt restrained, and then I felt guilt for feeling restrained. I was allergic to the first set of breast pads that I used, so I kept thinking I had thrush. My nipples were bright pink and uncomfortable, and I had a baby that wanted to nurse every two hours, and sometimes, every hour. Oh, newborns....I didn’t find it to be this amazing experience women talked about. My baby fell asleep each time he latched, and I was not staring longingly into his eyes. Instead I was staring into my iPhone, Googling something about nursing while nursing. Surely I was doing this wrong. Just one more day, I told myself...everyday for the first 12 weeks. And then I only tried quitting once every week. Until suddenly, he was six months and nursing was finally second nature. Then he was 12 months, and even though it was way past my “goal date," I didn’t see a reason to stop. Now he’s 21 months, and our one nurse in the evening is simply sweet. It’s our special time where I do stare into his eyes, and sometimes he cracks a joke with a look. The truth is I wouldn’t have made it past the first six weeks without the breastfeeding-mom sites, blogs and Instagrams that were there for me during late-night feedings. Because as cheesy as it sounds, they helped me see that I wasn't alone. Here are 5 blogs that may just help get you through one more day...week, month and year. Kelly Mom- In the beginning, it seemed like every time I breastfed I had another question. And every answer came from Kelly Mom. Founded by international board certified lactation consultant and mom of three Kelly Bonyata, this website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting. She consistently supplies fact and support throughout each post. The Leaky boob- What’s in a name you say? Well, to the many mamas out there worrying about whether they’re leaking through their shirt or not, The Leaky Boob strikes a chord. The founder, Jessica Martin-Webber, has been normalizing breastfeeding on Facebook, Instagram, her blog and, I imagine, real life, way before I realized it had to be normalized. Fearless Formula Feeder- Suzanna Barston’s name has been on the tip of everyone’s memes after announcing the #Isupportyou movement. A formula-feeding mom herself, Barston stepped forward to change the views of breast vs. bottles and unite new mothers, encouraging them to support one another regardless of feeding method. She’s a game changer. Marvelous kiddo (Instagram)-Marvelous Kiddo (formerly a blog) is a great follow. Mom of three Leigh Pennebaker somehow makes breastfeeding in public chic and on trend. She also shares photos of her personal style (which is fantastic) and baby wearing. Sometimes all three at once. I am not the Babysitter- Founder Jamie Lynne Grumet became recognizable when she stood on the cover of Time magazine last year nursing her three-year-old son. This year, alongside Suzanna Barston and Kim Simon, she is heading the #Isupportyou campaign. In addition to sharing her adoption story, Grumet recently learned that she has the power to reach people globally, and has been using her blog to bring national coverage and assistance to an HIV/AIDS children’s center in Awassa, Ethiopia, giving 20,000 people (and counting) clean water, and providing an entire village in Ethiopia with cloth diapers. Main image via I am Not the Babysitter.