Agh! You thought breastfeeding would be as easy as it looks in the movies, but it's starting to seriously stress you out. You've got so many breastfeeding problems that you're considering turning to formula. Don't give up before you take advantage of the breastfeeding support available. Here are just a few places where you can find breastfeeding support and information about your breastfeeding problems:
- Your family and friends—especially if they are moms who have successfully breastfed—might have some helpful advice for you. But sometimes it's not always easy talking sore nipples with your mother-in-law!
- Online parenting communities and groups could be a wonderful resource—especially if they have new mom meet-ups where you can chat with other breastfeeding newbies and realize you're not alone in your breastfeeding problems!
- Your pediatrician and OB/GYN doctor should be able to direct you to breastfeeding support groups or resources in your area.
- The La Leche League, a non-profit group run by nursing mothers, holds meetings nationwide. In addition to getting breastfeeding support at these groups, they're also a great place to make new mom friends!
- Lactation consultants are often available at the hospital. You can also find one once you get home— and many of them will make house calls!
- If you're still having trouble breastfeeding, you might want to meet with a lactation consultant. You'd be surprised—one small adjustment might be all you need to get rid of your breastfeeding problems!