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:

  • A wonderful video from Global Health Media describing the asymmetric latch.  This video beautifully explains why having the baby approach the breast asymmetrically achieves a deeper latch, and also shows ways to tell if your baby is probably getting milk.
  • ​Another very helpfuvideo, this one from Cherubs Breastfeeding.   While describing the asymmetric latch, she uses extremely helpful analogies to help visualize how to achieve a deeper more comfortable and effective latch.
  • And, one more great video from Janet Jones, IBCLC - highlighting the asymmetric latch with the cross-cradle position.


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.

 

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 is a wonderful way to get colostrum (which is thicker than milk and can be difficult to get with a pump).  Hand expression is also a wonderful way to get more milk for supplementing, and is 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!

 

Help with Nipple Shields - Many women are given nipple shields in the early days of breastfeeding.  Unfortunately, they are often provided with little instruction.  If you are using a shield to latch, it's important to know how to use it (and also important to work with an IBCLC to assess its use as well as determine why it's hard to latch without it!).  Here's a very good video on nipple shield use from DIY Breastfeeding  (and DIY Breastfeeding's other videos are fantastic too - many topics covered!)


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. Working with an IBCLC to find the best pumping fit and methods is invaluable.

 

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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