All moms deserve to make an informed feeding decision and to reach their personal goals! Whether you choose to breastfeed, pump, use donor milk, formula or combo feed, BEST FOR BABES is cheering you on!
Did You Know
86% of moms would like to breastfeed? Unfortunately, they are struggling to achieve their personal goals because they are being Booby Trapped® — bombarded with myths and misinformation and a host of other cultural and institutional barriers.
The Good News:
To celebrate WBW2016, Leading Lady is giving away a ton of nursing apparel!
Breastfeeding? Like riding a bike, it’s a learned skill.
YOU CAN DO IT!
Get the facts: Get inspired, learn about your mom-made superfood and check out celebrity tips at Best for Babes. Clear up myths, misinformation and concerns at trusted sites Kellymom.com, La Leche League (LLL Int’l or LLL USA), Breastfeeding USA, and womenshealth.gov–don’t rely on surfing the web when it comes to breastfeeding!
Get support near you: There is nothing better than in-person, mom-to-mom support. Try La Leche League (LLL Int’l or LLL USA), Breastfeeding USA, Native Mothering, Black Mothers Breastfeeding Assoc., Breastfeeding ROSE, WIC Moms, or see if a doula, CLC or best yet, a lactation specialist (IBCLC through ILCA or USLCA) near you is running a support group.
Get your A-team: Beware of one of the biggest Booby Traps–well-meaning but ill-informed health professionals. Know what to look for in an OB/GYN, pediatrician, and hospital. Learn about the best hospitals–check out Baby-Friendly USA. Know what to look for in a lactation consultant, and when you’ve found a couple you are comfortable with, put their numbers in your phone!
Get empowered: Read about “The Learning Curve”, Get Your Best Game On, and enroll partners and family in helping you meet your goals, especially in the first few weeks after giving birth! Ask them to help with laundry and meals. Pass on tips for dads. Have breastfeeding questions, but can’t find a support group in your area? Call womenshealth.gov: 800-994-9662 or La Leche League USA, 877-4-LALECHE. Remember, you can nurse everywhere you have a right to be. Have you been harassed? Call 855-NIP-Free! Read up on the laws in your state at breastfeedinglaw.com.
Do You Have Questions About:
Pumping or Going Back to Work? Get our 10 top tips, learn how to talk to your employer, how to maximize pumping and milk storage guidelines. Every mom should learn how to hand express milk! Learn about insurance coverage of breastfeeding supplies. Learn about induced lactation (e.g. in cases of adoption or surrogacy), or relactating. Are you exclusively pumping? You are not alone!
Donor milk? Human milk is a life-saver for preemies or sick babies. If mom’s milk is unavailable, get safe milk at a HMBANA milk bank. Got extra milk? Donate to HMBANA.org milk bank, or if you are ineligible to donate to HMBANA, connect with and screen other moms through informed milk-sharing networks HM4HB or Eats on Feets.
Nursing Multiples? Yes, many women can make enough milk for twins or more!
Find Your Online Tribe:
Facebook: BestforBabes, LaLecheLeagueUSA, BreastfeedingUSA, BreastfeedinginCombatBoots, DrJackNewman, Native Mothering, BMBFA, BlackWomenDoBreastfeed, TheBadassBreastfeeder, KellyMom, BreastfeedingROSE, IGT and Low Milk Supply Support Group