Breastfeeding should not hurt. Some discomfort is normal in the beginning but sores, bleeding and pain are not. On this page, please find all my favorite resources for breastfeeding information - videos, informational pages, even podcasts! Much (but not all!) of info on this page can also be printed in one double sided sheet (Breastfeeding 101 sheet)
Deeper More Effective Latch - There are several videos that describe how to get a deeper, more effective, and more comfortable latch:
Laid Back Breastfeeding - In the early days of breastfeeding, many parents are taught positions like the cradle and football holds - but these are sometimes challenging and uncomfortable, especially if you do not have supportive pillows for both you and your baby. Instead, try the “training wheels” of breastfeeding - Laid Back Nursing. It’s very comfortable for you and your baby and no special pillows are needed. Here are Laid Back (also called Natural Breastfeeding) resources - a wonderful article (with the eye-opening title "Many Moms Have Been Taught to Breastfeed Incorrectly") and a very helpful video on laid back feeding (or video clips).
Help baby get more milk at a feeding, and also increase supply, by using breast compressions - this wonderful video describes this easy and valuable skill.
How to tell if a baby is nursing effectively - In addition to the first Global Health Media video listed on the top of this page, The International Breastfeeding Center has many videos that show good drinking vs. nibbling. In addition to these videos, this International Breastfeeding Center website has excellent resources overall.
Help for Engorgement - This video is a wonderful resource to help ease engorgement, and also to learn a way to hand express milk - an invaluable skill for the early days of breastfeeding and beyond. Hand expression can help express colostrum (which is difficult to get with a pump), help get more milk for supplementing, and it's also an excellent way to get more milk after pumping. And, for more help with engorgement, this page from KellyMom has many helpful tips as well!
Counting Diapers to know if your baby is getting enough - This is invaluable information for the early days of breastfeeding. It can be common to worry about your supply and weight gain - this printable handout will help you to feel more confident about whether your baby is drinking enough milk, or to know when to get help in case your baby is not getting enough.
Pumping - it is not be necessary to pump in the early weeks if breastfeeding is going well, but if you need to pump for any reason it's very important to know how to use your hands to massage while pumping and also how to fit flanges properly to your breasts.
Combat Misinformation and learn more info by referring to these evidenced-based resources:
- Kelly Mom (extensive list of parenting and breastfeeding resources)
- MOBI Motherhood International (extensive list of breastfeeding resources - low supply, tongue/lip ties, sensory issues, dealing
with fast flow, dealing with slow flow, baby's oral-motor skills, and so much more)
- Nancy Mohrbacher (breastfeeding, pumping and storage resources, and more)
- Low Milk Supply (lots of information on building supply and more)
- Podcasts! "All Things Breastfeeding" and "The Boob Group" - both are available from their websites or through a podcast app
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