Breastfeeding is so natural and women have been doing it from the beginning of time so basically that means it should be a piece of cake, right? Well, unfortunately this is often not the case for many moms (myself included). I thought that baby would pop out, latch on, and it would be a beautiful journey from there on out. Nope, not even close! Thankfully, we persevered and got help (A LOT of help!). Whether your goal is to breastfeed your baby for one month, 6 months, one year, or as long as they want to, I want to give you a helping hand by pointing you in the right direction for some great resources no matter what obstacles you might face.
La Leche League International: My local La Leche League was a godsend. I am 100% sure that without them, I would not be nursing my daughter today. I found them when my daughter was one month old and they have been the most supportive and valuable resource I have come across. There is no judgement, just kind words and amazing women. There is almost always at least one mom who has been through what you are going through and can help you.
Local Lactation Consultants: Sometimes you just need some one on one support from a professional. Most hospitals have one so try there first. If not, do a quick search for an IBCLC in your area. Some insurances will even cover it, too! They can take a look at your unique situation and give you a personalized plan to get you on the right track.
Local Mom Groups: A local moms group can be a great place to meet other new moms and get advice. If other moms are breastfeeding, it's a great place to vent or see if anyone else has found a great solution to a problem you might also be having. Many hospitals have them, but if yours doesn't then try meetup.com or searching Facebook.
KellyMom.com: I so often find myself here after a google search about breastfeeding related questions that now I just have it bookmarked and ready to go! You can find information and credible advice on just about anything related to breastfeeding.