By Jennifer Labinski
Many of us struggle to find the support we need in the early days of infant feeding, whether you're learning how to breastfeed or navigating formula feeding. From fear of judgement (on both sides!), to simply understanding how to feed most effectively, a new mama can never have enough support or encouragement. Below are some great websites and blogs to peruse during those middle-of-the-night feedings -- something we are ALL doing, no matter how we're doing it!
If you're bottle or combo-feeding, you'll find support, reassurance and most importantly, no judgement here:
- Fearless Formula Feeder. A site and community that supports all parents in making informed choices, based on their individual needs and circumstances. What I like is that they're neither pro-breast nor pro-bottle, but rather pro-whatever works for your family.
If you're breastfeeding, these sites will answer questions or offer support during the more difficult times when you feel like you couldn't possibly go on another day:
- Kelly Mom. This website consists of evidence based articles to help parents navigate breastfeeding and other topics about parenting. It's a great place to find even simple facts like "how long can breastmilk stay at room temperature for" and so on.
If you need some real-life feeding inspiration... and a little bit more:
- Coffee and Crumbs. This website is a collaborative blog where the nine writers share stories about motherhood, love, truth and all the good kind of heartache. They hope this space is a place to allow Mothers to feel less alone. The stories will make you laugh out loud and cry your ugliest cry (but all in the most wonderful way.)
This piece was originally published by Jennifer Labinski on Well Rounded NY. Jennifer Labinski is an event planner, coffee snob and blogger. She is a Mother to two incredible little toddlers and due with her third baby in June. She learned how to be a Mom while living in New York City and now you can find her sharing her own stories of surviving life in the suburbs at biscuitsintheoven.com.
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