Shared By: Sarah J. from Huntington Woods, MI
Secret Tip: It’s a widely held belief amongst some moms that there are wonderful health and bonding benefits to breastfeeding, but it can be tough sometimes. Support groups connect you with other moms and provide continued education to help optimize the breastfeeding experience for both mom and baby.
Why You’ll Love It: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk as the ideal food for the first year of life. While the benefits are clear, a year can be a long time for mom and it’s important to know there is support out there if needed. Issues may come up like chaffing, unexpected infections, low milk supply, difficulty with latching, maintaing a proper diet, and the list goes on. Contact your local hospital to inquire about breastfeeding support groups or use the national links above to find a support group close to you.
What Sarah Has To Say: “My friend told me that she signed up for a breastfeeding support group at her local hospital on Saturday mornings and she loves it. She has met a lot of other moms and it is taught by a nurse. She has made a lot of new mom friends, plus they can talk to the nurse about other things besides breastfeeding.”
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