Kate Tuttle, BS, IBCLC

Being a new mom is hard. Being a new mom and feeling like you’re alone is even harder. Finding the right support for your new journey into parenthood is essential, especially when it comes to breastfeeding. 

Why do I need a support group?

A support group is important for a variety of reasons. It gives you a place to come together with people who are experiencing or have experienced similar situations and struggles with being a new mom. Support groups also give you solutions or answers to problems you may not have thought of otherwise. Getting a new perspective on the issue at hand is beneficial to coming up with way to alleviate the stress of new parenting. In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Breastfeeding Report showed data that while many new moms and babies initiate breastfeeding, not many continue to be exclusive by 6 months of age. You can find more on the CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card here.

How do I find a group that is right for me?

Finding a support group that is easily accessible is key. Finding one locally is ideal, but you can also find many virtual support options. You already have a new baby, do not add more stress to yourself by tacking on a 3 hour road trip one way. 

While location is important, finding a breastfeeding support group that is monitored or led by a breastfeeding professional is essential. This helps ensure you are getting the most up to date and science based information to help you and your baby be successful at breastfeeding.

It is important that you feel like you are in a safe environment and feel comfortable asking the “tough” questions. Surround yourself with other parents and professionals who provide a safe and caring space to exist. 

Where should I start looking for a breastfeeding support group? 

Contacting your birth hospital is an excellent place to start looking for a breastfeeding support group! Chances are, the breastfeeding professional in the hospital has started a local support group for new breastfeeding parents. If they do not have a support group started, they will likely be able to point you in the right direction. 

If you are a WIC participant, they have a team of breastfeeding professionals on staff to help you meet your goals. Utilizing the breastfeeding peer counselors at your WIC clinic can help you meet and exceed your goals. 

Your pediatrician may also have lactation support on staff.  Typically, pediatricians and pediatric nursing staff have basic breastfeeding knowledge. It is important to monitor baby’s weight gain and development. Your pediatrician and their nursing staff can help to answer questions you may have. 

If you need virtual support and have a Rumble Tuff breast pump, you can book a pumping consult with any of our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants at the link provided here.

Utilizing the Le Leche League’s website will also help connect you to lactation support groups and professionals in your area. 

How can I get the most out of my support group? 

You’ve spent all this time finding the right breastfeeding support group for you and your new baby, so you want to make the most out of your experience! 

Being open with other members and sharing honest experiences and asking questions will help you to feel like you are benefiting from the experience. Don’t be afraid to ask the “silly” or “tough” questions. Breastfeeding support professionals are here to help you successfully meet your breastfeeding goals. 

You’ve got this. And we’ve got you. 

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