When E and I were just starting our nursing relationship, I relied heavily on online support. I can't tell you how many hours I spent peering at my iPhone in the dark reading post after post about moms having issues or questions similar to my own. Here are some of my favorite places for support during those crazy overnight feedings.
Nursing moms are standing by!
- The Leaky Boob
The Leaky Boob is a blog/haven for breastfeeding mothers. The website has its own hugely popular forum, but I was on their Facebook page in the middle of the night. It was a huge help for me. I read about the warning signs of thrush (came in handy), what a nursing strike was, and that growth spurts continue well into the toddler years (again, came in handy).
- Respect The Breast
This page also has a very active group of fans and moms are constantly posting questions and answers. They have a strict zero tolerance policy when it comes to bashing moms choices and pride themselves on being judgement free. It's a great place to go if you're not very crunchy or consider yourself to be a breastfeeding mom who follows "mainstream" (for lack of a better term) parenting techniques.
- For Babies' Sake
I hold FBS a little closer than the others because I help with the page and weekly support group. It's smaller than the other two I posted, but it's monitored frequently by two IBCLCs and three milk elves. Moms can post questions to the wall or send a message if they want some anonymity.
- The negative to the FB pages I mentioned above is that they're not private. All of your comments and likes can be seen by your friends and may even show up on their feed. Some moms don't care, but others would prefer a little privacy when asking certain questions. For that reason, there are tons of private breastfeeding support groups. While these are usually smaller and by invite only, they are private. Your second cousins won't see your posts going into detail about your sore nipples. Always a good thing.
- Thursday evenings, @Stylin Momma hosts #BFcafe, a weekly Twitter chat where moms can ask questions and receive answers in real time. Stylin Momma is the moderator and as an IBCLC, she offers great advice.
- I've only recently started following The Boob Group, but have really enjoyed the articles and links they posted. They host a weekly, online radio show supporting mothers who breastfeed their babies and post links to current and previous episodes.
- Following Best for Babes was a no brainer for me. They work hard to change the cultural perception of breastfeeding by writing about Booby Traps. They do a fabulous job of keeping me in the loop with society and breastfeeding. Topics can range from milk sharing to birth's impact on nursing, to Snooki breastfeeding.