Women naturally seek support and a sense of community with other women when they become a new mother. When I had my first child I got help and advice from family and La Leche League (a mom to mom support group.) Today it is more common for moms to get that kind of support online.
Online breastfeeding sites allow women to get information and connect with other moms when they need to… at any time of the day or night. Some sites offer forums or chat groups that provide an opportunity for breastfeeding women to share their own experience and enabling women to connect with one another for encouragement and advice.
http://kellymom.com/ is a favorite with breastfeeding moms. It is easy to navigate and offers both breastfeeding and parenting advice.
http://www.bestforbabes.org/ is a good site to check out before the baby is born.
http://www.breastfeedingmadesimple.com/index-home.html gives women some powerful reasons to choose breast feeding and helps women and has advice for some common challenges women face today.
http://www.workandpump.com/ is a resource for mom’s who will be pumping when they return to work or school.
http://www.breastfeeding.com/ has lots of advice and mom to mom support in a question and answer format.
http://www.lalecheleague.org/web/wisconsin.html and the group that helped me are still going strong. LLL is an international organization but this is the Wisconsin link. You can find links to local groups, the closet to Fond du Lac is in Oshkosh.
There are times when nothing beats a face to face interaction with a professional in lactation support. Look for an IBCLC (international Board Certified lactation Counselor) or other accredited counselors. The Fond du Lac County WIC program (Women, Infants and Children Nutrition program) has an IBCLC and other trained staff to provide breastfeeding support along with help with breast pumps and other benefits. A family of four is eligible if they make less than $42,644 a year. If you are currently enrolled in BadgerCare or FoodShare or reduced school lunch you are probably income eligible for WIC. Call 920-929-3104 for more information.
Most hospital have IBCLC’s and other staff trained in supporting breastfeeding on their staff; call your local hospital for more information.
Cheryl Callis, IBCLC
Womens Infant and Childrens Program
160 S. Macy, Fond du Lac WI 54935