How to Get Help and Support With Breastfeeding

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Experts agree that breastfeeding is one of the best gifts you can give your baby. However, many moms have lots of problems and frustrations with breastfeeding – this article outlines some of the ways to find encouragement and support.

1. Enroll in a Breastfeeding Class

If you are pregnant, or even if you’ve already had the baby , sign up for breastfeeding class. They are often offered by hospitals. Call your local hospital for more information. If you can’t find one there, ask your doctor where you might be able to take one.

2. Contact La Leche League

Call a La Leche League leader and go to a local meeting. Visit www.laleche.org to find your nearest group. In some cases, La Leche Leaders will come to your home to help. They will offer you tips/support, help with issues such as poor latch, provide you with the opportunity to purchase helpful books and much more.
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3. Find a Lactation Specialist / Consultant

Try to locate a lactation specialist or consultant consultant. You might find one through your hospital, or ask your doctor for recommendations. You might also find one on http://www.ilca.org/ or http://www.breastfeeding.com/ – however, not all Lactation Consultants are listed.

4. Find and Hire a Doula

Find and hire a doula. Doulas help with many aspects of childbirth and pregancy, including breastfeeding. Visit http://www.dona.org/ and click on “find a doula” on the left.

5. Contact WIC

Call your local WIC office . Even if you do not qualify for WIC, they might be able to help you with breastfeeding.

6. Search for a Midwife

Sometimes midwives might be willing to help with breastfeeding, even if they did not deliver your baby . Find a local midwife at www.midwife.org or http://birthpartners.com.

7. Find Help Online

Although not the same as “real life” help, there is help online.. Visit the La Leche boards (www.laleche.org) , as well as other sites such as www.breastfeeding.com , www.kellymom.com and www.promom.com . Some of the sites have breastfeeding videos, which are very helpful. You can also join Breastfeeding message boards on sites included CafeMom, iVillage and Baby Center.

8. Ask a Friend

If you have a close friend or sister who has experience with breastfeeding, perhaps ask her for advice and to help you. It never hurts to ask!

9.. Try Your Best

Try your best and take it one moment at a time! If nursing just doesn’t work out, you also have the option of exclusively pumping your breastmilk. Read “How to Exclusively Pump Your Breastmilk ” for more information.

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