In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, I wanted to put together a roundup of all of my breastfeeding posts. Wow. I had no idea just how many times I’ve written about breastfeeding!
The theme of World Breastfeeding this year is Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers. Support is usually the key factor that determines whether or not a mom can be successful with breastfeeding. Because I had the support of so many people around me, women who said yes, this is hard but it’s so worth it, or women who told me about their struggles with nursing, I felt less alone with it became really hard for me to nurse. But not everyone has that kind of support.
If you’re struggling to make it work or even if you weren’t able to nurse, I hope you know you’re not the only one. Breastfeeding is hard. This post is in no way, meant to hurt your feelings or make you feel like less of a mom if you didn’t or couldn’t nurse. But so many moms have to quit nursing, often because of a lack of good information and a lack of support. I’d love to be just one more voice offering support in that sea of people saying “just give him a bottle.”
I’ve seen moms really open up and get informed through WBW on my blog in previous years, so I hope that this year is no different. Read it. Share it with mom friends who need some encouragement. Let’s support each other, mamas.
How Can I Get a Free Breast Pump: My insurance paid for a Medela double electric breast pump. Here’s how I got them to cover it, step-by-step. This post gets pinned all the time on Pinterest!
8 Ways to Make the Most of the Dreaded C-Section: Yes, nursing is possible after a c-section. I’ve had 3 of them.
Extended Breastfeeding: An Unlikely Story: I never set out to nurse my babies beyond their first year, but I’ve done this with all of my babies now. You can read why here.
Nursing Challenges: Eating for Three: I had no idea it would be so hard to nurse a baby while pregnant, but it really heightened my morning sickness. We had to take it one week at a time to keep nursing my second baby through his first birthday.
Dodging the Mastitis Bullet: This is how I handled a mild case of mastitis twice last year to avoid antibiotics. It’s a very practical, comprehensive post on mastitis and I’ve gotten lots of positive feedback on it from breastfeeding experts.
Babies on a Budget: Nursing: Ever wonder just how much money breastfeeding can save? Or the health benefits? This is the post you’ll want to check out and share with your husband. He’ll be extra supportive of breastfeeding after reading this.
Milk Banks: I pumped to maintain supply when my baby had lung surgery. He couldn’t eat for a while, so I ended up filling up my hospital’s freezers with breast milk. Before we were discharged from the hospital, I made arrangements to donate all of the milk (90 ounces) to an excellent milk bank that provides milk for NICU babies.
World Breastfeeding Week 2012
Making it Work After a Cesarean Birth: Even after my third baby was born, we had challenges with breastfeeding, but with a lot of help, we made it work.
World Breastfeeding Week 2011
My Favorite Breastfeeding Gear: Updated for 2011
World Breastfeeding Week 2010
Every Reason to Succeed: Why I thought breastfeeding would be easy for me. It wasn’t.
The Struggles of Nursing: What went wrong with nursing my first baby.
Troubleshooting and Breakthroughs: Two weeks and two lactation specialists later…
And here’s a link to a free nursing cover! You’ll just pay shipping. Disclosure: I’ll earn a small commission for referring you to this site. You can also find a link on my page to a free nursing pillow on my site as well. Enjoy the new baby gear!
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