Breastfeeding Support Groups
To build your confidence as a new, breastfeeding mom, it is very helpful and important to connect with other nursing mothers. Women have been breastfeeding their infants since time began. This means there is a wealth of information out there to help you through any challenges you may encounter. Don't keep concerns to yourself. You are not the only mom to experience frustration learning this new skill.
Call a friend, your mom or your sister. Consider starting a moms group that meets regularly. If you attended a prenatal course, connect with the organizers to see if there is interest in developing a breastfeeding support group. The La Leche League is an international organization that promotes the benefits of breastfeeding around the world. They offer support groups throughout North America. Your public health nurse, a lactation consultant, your doctor, doula or midwife will also be able to answer your questions and provide hands on guidance. Questions lead to answers and help which will prove to enhance your experience.
Try to give you and your baby time to learn this new and wonderful skill. The benefits are worth it for both of you.
Do you have questions about breastfeeding? The National Women's Health Information Center can answer your basic breastfeeding questions in English and Spanish, or provide free breastfeeding publications and direct you to organizations that can provide you with additional assistance.
Call the NWHIC Breastfeeding Helpline at 1-800-994-9662 or TDD 1-888-220-5446.
Free breastfeeding information packets are also available in English, Spanish and Chinese. These information sheets are available through the toll-free call center 1-800-994-9662, and online. They may also be reproduced as needed.
Source: National Women's Health Information Centre, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.