Another place I went for support was online. I can't tell you how many hours I spent peering at my iPhone in the dark reading post after post about moms having issues or questions similar to my own. I thought I'd compile a list of place I went to for support during those crazy overnight feedings.
Nursing moms are standing by!
- The Leaky Boob's Facebook page. The Leaky Boob is a blog/haven for breastfeeding mothers. The website has its own hugely popular forum, but I was on their Facebook page in the middle of the night. It was a huge help for me. I read about the warning signs of thrush (came in handy), what a nursing strike was, and that growth spurts continue well into the toddler years (again, came in handy).
One word of caution: the Facebook page is public: your friends will see what you write in the
stalker feedticker and it probably shows up on your profile/timeline too. You're also susceptible to creepers who "like" breastfeeding pictures posted on the page. Some may even try to friend you under the guise of being a lactation consultant in another country who will offer to help you with your latch via web chat. True story. The mods do their best to keep the weirdos out, but some do slip through the cracks.
- Livejournal's Breastfeeding community. I've had a Livejournal forever and joined various pregnancy and breastfeeding groups when I got pregnant. I stayed with the breastfeeding group and got some really solid, non-judgemental advice from the women there. Many have nursed multiple kids for over 12 months, supplemented with formula, nursed through some real tough situations (surgery, meds, PPD, etc.) and are more than happy to offer a kind word or constructive advice. I highly recommend it. You will need to sign up for an account, but it's free.
- Kellymom's online forums. Again, wonderful support from lots of women who have a lot of experience. Kellymom.com is the place to go when you need to look something up related to breastfeeding. I would frequent the website just reading up on different topics (I'm a huge nerd) and came across their forums. You must sign up for an account.
- Reddit's Breastfeeding subreddit. This is a new one for me. D is an avid Redditor and told me about the breastfeeding subreddit. I checked it out and really like it. It has a very similar vibe to the Livejournal community and one of the only places on the internet I've seen a passionate discussion that was an exchange of ideas, not insults. You must sign up for an account.