If Breastfeeding Is Tough: How to Get Help
If you’re having breastfeeding frustrations, here are some places you can find the support you need.
- Remember that your doctor may not have the answers you need. If she can’t answer your questions, don’t give up—just look for help somewhere else.
- Find someone who is specially trained to answer your breastfeeding questions, like a lactation specialist or a member of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
- You could also speak with a La Leche League Leader. These are volunteers who have been specially trained to help mothers with breastfeeding. They are also good listeners, and non-judgmental.
- One of your best sources of help and support can be other mothers who have successfully breastfed their children. They can tell you about their experiences, and assure you that things you are experiencing are normal. They can also give you advice and tell you what worked for them.
If you’re not having breastfeeding challenges right now, it is still a good idea to learn what resources are available and where you can connect with other breastfeeding moms. If you ever do have concerns, you will know exactly where to go for help and won’t be tempted to give up breastfeeding your baby before you’re ready.