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World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Blog Carnival - NursingFreedom.org and The San Diego Breastfeeding Center

Welcome to the World Breastfeeding 2013 Blog Carnival cohosted by NursingFreedom.org and The San Diego Breastfeeding Center!

This post was written for inclusion in the WBW 2013 Blog Carnival. Our participants will be writing and sharing their stories about community support and normalizing breastfeeding all week long. Find more participating sites in the list at the bottom of this post or at the main carnival page.

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When I saw the opportunity to submit a post for the World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Blog Carnival, I jumped at it. I chose to write about the community support I received while starting on my breastfeeding journey.
So, here goes:
My mom breastfed me and my two sisters and my sisters breastfed their babies, so it wasn’t really a question for me when I was pregnant. I knew that I wanted to breastfeed as well.
I heard a lot of unsuccessful breastfeeding stories from my friends. “My boobs were too big”, “my milk never came in”, “my nipples were cracked and bleeding”, “I never produced enough milk to satisfy my baby” were some of the things I was told while I was pregnant. It actually really frightened me. Breastfeeding just seemed like such a natural thing. How could it not work for so many people? Would it not work for me?
There were several classes for new parents being offered at the hospital where I would deliver. Several people recommended that I take the labor and delivery one so I knew what to expect when I went into labor. I knew the baby would come out one way or another, but I didn’t know if I would be successful with breastfeeding and I wanted to increase my odds. I signed myself and my husband up for the breastfeeding class instead. It was a 2 or 3 hour class and it was excellent. At the start of class, the instructor went over all of the many, many benefits of breastfeeding. I think that may have been the most important part because it convinced both my husband and I that this was something we would make happen. He didn’t know anything about breastfeeding before that class so it definitely opened his eyes to how important it really was. At that point, I knew that even if it was hard for me, I would continue because it was so great for my baby. We learned so much in that short class. It was so great having my husband there too because after the baby came, he remembered some things that I hadn’t. The class also eased my mind about some of the stories I had heard from friends. I think most of them would have had a better experience if they had taken a class like this. The class was so important in many ways, but most of all, it gave me the confidence I needed to embark on my breastfeeding journey.
Once we delivered our sweet boy, the nurses at the hospital were very helpful and patient in helping me get the hang of it. There was also a lactation consultant who came by twice to make sure everything was going ok. It was so wonderful having that encouragement because I really had no idea what I was doing or if I was doing it correctly. A lot of the nurses reminded me how important and beneficial breastfeeding was when I was getting frustrated. It was exactly what I needed.
Once we came home from the hospital, I was able to call my sisters and my mom with any questions I had. My husband was probably my biggest supporter. He had learned so much from the class and helped in any way he could. The beginning was the hardest part for me and fortunately I had wonderful support to get me through it. I’ve been breastfeeding for almost a year now and don’t have plans of stopping any time soon. Now I am able to help friends who are breastfeeding as well, and I am so happy to do so. Everyone goes through some hard times with breastfeeding, but having the support of the community around you can definitely help you through it.
I can’t forget to mention the awesome support I get from the online community. I especially loved this post from my friend Kerry.
I know I am very lucky to have such a supportive network around me and not everyone has that. I think the most important thing I did was take the breastfeeding class. Though our bodies are made to breastfeed our babies, it is not always easy for everyone. The class taught me what to expect, how to make it work for me, and most importantly, why breastfeeding is so good for our babies.

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World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Blog Carnival - NursingFreedom.org and The San Diego Breastfeeding Center Visit NursingFreedom.org and The San Diego Breastfeeding Center for more breastfeeding resources and WBW Carnival details!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants. Below are a list of links for today’s participants; you can find a complete list of links (updated throughout the week) at our main carnival page:

(This list will be updated by afternoon August 1 with all the carnival links.)

  • If You’re Worried About Your Kid Seeing Me Breastfeeding, You’re Doing It Wrong — Dionna at Code Name: Mama is living the breastfeeding-as-a-cultural-norm dream. She has first-hand experience that kids, teens & adults who see breastfeeding accept breastfeeding.
  • Supporting Breastfeeding Online — Wendy at Breastfeeding Utah reaches out to birth and breastfeeding support professionals who are interested in knowing more about supporting their clients online.
  • Breast Friends — Mama Bree, guest posting at San Diego Breastfeeding Center, shares a baby’s journey to blissful breastfeeding with a little help.
  • World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Blog Carnival – Online Breastfeeding Support — Other than buying and reading up on books, Jenny at I’m a full-time mummy finds that it is useful to read up on other mums’ breastfeeding experiences and how they deal with their obstacles.
  • It Takes a Village… — Meredith at Thank You Ma’am talks about the support she got from her family, especially from her own mom, who is a lactation consultant.
  • Community Support — Ashley at ModerationMama tells about her supportive community surrounding her breastfeeding journey, and she talks about the importance of the breastfeeding class she took while still pregnant.
  • Finding a Nanny to Be Part of My Village — Before returning to work, Gretchen of That Mama Gretchen, posting at Natural Parents Network, needed to find a trusted caregiver for her daughter. Someone who supported her parenting goals and was ready to become part of a family.
  • A Nursey Love Letter — When asked about her nursing support group, KassK of Get Born Tribe surprised herself with the answer: her husband!
  • We are mammals. — To be a mammal . . . what does that mean? Practicing Mammal educates us.
  • Building a Solid Foundation for a Successful Breastfeeding Journey — Tia at Tia’s Sweeps Go ‘Round shares how she built a strong support network to help her successfully breastfeed her newborn daughter.
  • Stubbornness and Support: My Breastfeeding Journey — Diana at Munchkin’s Mommy shares her breastfeeding journey, from unhelpful nurses to a gentle guide, and her sheer stubbornness.
  • Looking online for breastfeeding support — The author at “Just” A Mom has found many ways to use the internet to support her mothering and breastfeeding journey, and she has learned how to keep her online experiences positive.
  • The Village that didn’t feed — Nona’s Nipples at The Touch of Life explains how our communities influence our choices. She explains how she came to breastfeed and how it was taken away.
  • Nursing By Example — Krystyna at Sweet Pea Births decided to nurse through a pregnancy and to try tandem nursing thanks to the support from her La Leche League leader and another mother in her community. Read about the resources that were helpful and the lessons she learned on her journey into tandem nursing.
  • A Burden Shared: How my IBCLC Lightened my Load — My IBCLC rocks!! smscott at In All Things…One Step at a Time‘s journey would not be possible without a huge contribution of time and energy from her IBCLC. Her difficult times were measured in weeks and months instead of moments.
  • Fathers Need Breastfeeding Support Too — Destany at They Are All of Me recalls that the biggest detriment to her breastfeeding success was her husband’s strong disapproval.
  • Breastfeeding Support Over the Years — Valerie at Momma in Progress discusses the range of support she received over her seven-year breastfeeding journey.
  • Uncharted Territory: Breastfeeding — Michelle at Oh, The Simple Joys describes her change of heart regarding breastfeeding and the kind souls who helped along the way. From thinking formula was the norm to extended ecological breastfeeding, this is her story. Her story also includes breastfeeding after a hospital birth, dealing with inverted nipples, and the lactation consultant who helped to name her daughter.
  • Online Breastfeeding Support: Finding Success, Acceptance and Friendships — Author and CLEC Lara Audelo of Virtual Breastfeeding Culture shares how online breastfeeding support changed her entire life, and why so many mothers are drawn to it, rely upon it, and place such value on their virtual mother-to-mother connections.
  • Staying Connected—Online Breastfeeding Support for AD Military MomsBreastfeeding in Combat Boots shares how important online support is to the success of breastfeeding for mothers serving in the military.
  • Breastfeeding and Community — Amy W. at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work discusses ways in which community affects breastfeeding dyads and makes suggestions for accepting and supporting nursing as normal and necessary.
  • World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Blog Carnival – Community Support — Jenny at I’m a full-time mummy has been breastfeeding NON-STOP since 4th March 2009, the day her first child Benjamin was born. Jenny shares who has been in her community of breastfeeding supporters.
  • Oversupply as a Blessing in Disguise: Milk Sharing and Wet Nursing — Tooele Birth and Breastfeeding, guest posting at Code Name: Mama, tells how she ended up donating breastmilk and wet nursing several babies. She shares the benefits from both a recipient and a donor.