Breastfeeding is truly wonderful thing; it may also be difficult to get the hang of and on-going support for breastfeeding mothers is a must. Finding information, advice and support is easier than ever as there are so many organisations and health services dedicated to those who have chosen to breastfeed or who are considering it.
Making the Decision
When it comes to making decisions about your baby ensuring that you are fully informed is key as only when you have all the information will you be able to make the choices that are right for you and your family.
Your midwife will offer you breastfeeding information and guidance via your appointments and at your local antenatal classes. The NHS website also has a dedicated section on breastfeeding information.
Talking to friends, family and other parents via online forums and similar is a great way to learn more about the realities of breastfeeding.
Practical Breastfeeding Support
Breastfeeding looks so easy however it isn’t always plain sailing. Some mothers and babies struggle with correctly latching on and a variety of other breastfeeding issues from routines, taking care of themselves when breastfeeding, advice on how to feed in public and more.
There are many organisations, as well as your own health visitor (who will able to signpost you to relevant local support groups as well as advise you her/himself) and details of these may be found below.
What Support Did You Receive?
If you could give one piece of advice to a new mother about to embark on her breastfeeding journey what would it be? What advice do you dads have for new parents as of course you have a different but very valid perspective? This list of support services is far from exhaustive so if you have found help elsewhere or if you want to share your experience of breastfeeding support please do leave a comment for others to read.