Everyone will tell you, breastfeeding is natural, it’s best, it’s what our bodies were made for. That’s all wonderful. However, what you don’t often hear is the realities of how breastfeeding culture has changed. Sixty years ago we all would have grown up watching our aunts, mothers, and cousins breastfeeding their babies. We’d be surrounded by a culture of ‘normal’ breastfeeding, so when we became mothers, we’d have a clue as to what we were doing. Unfortunately the reality is that most moms don’t ever see a woman breastfeeding until they are breastfeeding themselves. This is why breastfeeding support is SO crucial.
There are many ways to find support today. Many moms are turning to the internet and message boards, some moms are turning to Twitter, and some moms are choosing in person support meetings, like La Leche League or Breastfeeding USA.
I host the #bfcafe chat on Twitter on Thursday nights (10 PM Eastern), and our topic a few weeks back was support and where most moms find their support. The answers were as varied as the moms participating, but the key was that everyone who was successful had support from somewhere.
So as a mom where do you find support? How will you be successful? Who is your cheerleader? Trust me, you’ll need one.
I joined my local LLL group when my oldest was a few weeks old. I became a leader after she turned 1. I also found support through message board with like minded moms. Moms whose breastfeeding goals were similar to mine, and moms who had been successful at reaching those goals. It is also very rewarding to be on the other side of that now. I get to hang out on Twitter and encourage moms who are struggling with breastfeeding. I can go back to the message boards that gave me support, and now I can offer support. I also offer support to every mom I know who is breastfeeding.
I have turned my passion for supporting moms into my career. I’ve spent time learning and educating myself, and I am anxiously awaiting my results from this years IBCLC exam. My goal is to help as many moms be successful in meeting their breastfeeding goals as I can. I sometimes have to sit back and remind myself that my goals are different from other moms’ goals, and that’s ok. Everyone has different goals, and different ideals, and different circumstances. In a perfect world all moms would find a support system. A support system that would encourage them to meet their goals, to consider themselves successful, whatever that might look like for them.
Having in real life support is very valuable, and if you can find a group of like minded moms, who will support and encourage you to meet your goals, that is a great place to start. Turning to the internet for support is also great, but it’s different. There’s nothing like seeing another mom successfully breastfeed to help build your confidence. So if you can, find moms and surround yourself with a good support network.
Where did you find support? Was your support what it should have been? How can we help support you? How can you help support other moms?
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