Who is your biggest supporter?

When it comes to breastfeeding, it seems that a woman is on her own.  She is solely responsible for feeding and nourishing the baby.  It is her breast milk that will ensure her child grows and flourishes through infancy.  That’s a bit of pressure!

Of course, if it goes swimmingly, breastfeeding is one of the most satisfying, calming, and loving parts of motherhood.  I am preparing for the birth of my first child in February.  I am so excited to breastfeed.  I want it to be the magical bond I have read about, heard my sister talk about, and can imagine it to be.

But what if it doesn’t go so smoothly?  In my research, I have also heard of the many, many things that can be obstacles to successful breastfeeding.  Things such as blocked ducts, cracked nipples, mastitis (which I witnessed my sister endure, she had a rare case that involved pus, an abscess and surgery, yikes!), poor latch, low supply.  The list seems long and intimidating.

Luckily, I am surrounding myself now with people I can call on if trouble comes.  I want to be sure I try everything possible and that I am ready to ask for help because I am not on my own in this.

Here is my (ever growing) circle of support:

  • My husband – he’s a big believer in breastfeeding and I know he will be there for me every step of the way.
  • My sister and mother – It’s always good to have experience to call on.
  • My sister-in-law – She has been trained in lactation management.
  • My local La Leche League – I plan to attend at least a meeting or two before I have this baby.
  • Online communities – It is amazing the support and information I have found already on facebook and twitter, forums and blogs.  Of course, it is my responsibility to discern facts from opinions, but there is definitely support out there!
  • A lactation consultant – I haven’t found them yet, but I imagine I will have their phone number memorized by the time my milk comes in!
  • Prenatal classes – We haven’t started them yet and it is only one of the six classes that discusses breastfeeding but I plan to have lots of questions and my notebook ready.  There is also a breastfeeding workshop offered at my hospital which I plan to attend.

Who or what else should be on my list?  Where do you turn for breastfeeding support?

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9 thoughts on “Who is your biggest supporter?”

    1. Thanks Victoria! I truly believe there is a strong connection between the mind and body. I’m hoping my attitude will help me through all the various challenges of this new motherhood adventure!

  1. The only additional support I would suggest is a birth doula. Not all L & D nurses are trained to help new moms with breastfeeding, and most hospital lactation consultants don’t come see moms until the day after the baby is born. Other than that it sounds like you have an amazing support network!

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    1. Thanks Terri,
      I am actually going to have a doula at my labour and delivery. My mother is a trained doula and will be at my side. She will definitely have patience and advice for me about breastfeeding.

  2. My husband was amazing, he did a lot of research and was encouraging when we had a tough start. I also found the lactation consultants through public health very helpful, and I asked every nurse in the hospital for their tips. I have read that you need a three-to-one ratio (adults to newborn) when you bring that baby home! True!!!

  3. In the first couple of weeks of breastfeeding my midwife and boyfriend were absolute stars. I had trouble getting my son latched the first week and my midwife came round at my beck and call…she came round everyday to help. I was determined on my own to do it but I had moments of feeling like a failure and without my midwife (my mum died just after my son was born)and the fantastic support of my boyfriend I don’t know how I would have learnt to breastfeed!

    Besides that I never needed any more support…and still am nursing my son nearly 4 years later.

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