It’s World Breastfeeding Week, and boy do we all have something to say on the topic. How we feed our babies feels a little like how they come into the world—there are many similarities but each one of us has a unique experience.
What I do know is that it has taken a village–and mainly an online one–for me to find answers and seek support for things like how to pump at work, treat a plugged duct, and deal with the dreaded biting stage.
So, readers, we’re rooting for you and are here to help you no matter where you are on your breastfeeding journey. Here are some posts that may speak to you.
If you need a virtual high five or breastfeeding tips:
If you’re breastfeeding AND formula feeding:
If you pump:
If you’re about to leave your breastfed baby:
If you have an abundance of supply:
If you’re weaning soon:
If breastfeeding does not work out or isn’t for you (no guilt!):
What questions do you have? How can we help?
I am right there in the weeds with you. I am always hungry, half naked, and trying to remember which side which twin started from last.
From wondering how to dress while nursing to keeping you sane during cluster feeding, let us be a community you can lean on.
A final plug (get it?) for the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa if you find yourself with a large supply. Other than the paperwork, a phone interview, and blood test to get started, being a donor is an easy process. My three preemies received donor milk the night they were born, and it is so rewarding to be able to give back.