Breastfeeding Round-up: Stories & Support for the Nursing Mama

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:

Breastfeeding Advice to Ignore

Do You See? A Letter to Those Who See Me Breastfeeding in Public

Nurse on, Mama

If you’re breastfeeding AND formula feeding:

When Fed Is Best: My Beautifully Flawed Feeding Journey

If you pump:

I Was a Pumper

The “Joys” of Pumping at Work

I Hate My Pump (And Why I Continue To Torture Myself)

If you’re about to leave your breastfed baby:

Planes, Trains, and Lactation Rooms: Pumping While Traveling

Leaving Baby (& the Guilt) Behind for a Trip Away

If you have an abundance of supply:

My Cups Runneth Over: Tips for Managing Too Much Milk

If you’re weaning soon: 

The Weaning Blues: When Breastfeeding Ends and Sadness Begins

If breastfeeding does not work out or isn’t for you (no guilt!):

High Five to the Formula Feeding Moms

Breastfeeding Failure: 11 Things I Wish I Knew

When Breast is Not Best

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.

Happy Feeding!


Meg is a transplant to the Midwest. Originally a Louisiana native, she moved to Iowa with her family in the summer of 2016 for her husband’s residency program. She and Addison have four daughters: Kate, born November 2013; Adrienne, born December 2016; and, Elizabeth and Caroline, born November 2018. Meg is a University of Richmond grad with a PR, government affairs and community outreach background.


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