I don’t know about you, but I’m not one to look for a group of moms exclusively devoted to breastfeeding support. I can’t tell the difference between a breastfeeding support group and one that just talks about it. Still, I do believe that breastfeeding support is important. This is a group where you can find support and encouragement for all stages of breastfeeding and the whole journey.
I think there are a lot of misconceptions about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding support groups are often the first place I go when I have a question about breastfeeding, or when I’m feeling off-kilter about something, or when I’m in a slump and need a dose of support. They can be just the thing to get me through whatever is going on in my life.
The group is created by A Woman’s Place which is a company based in Seattle, Washington.
A Womans Place is a breastfeeding support group for new moms and those with babies. They have a community of like-minded women who want to share their own breastfeeding struggles and triumphs. Members come from a variety of backgrounds, but all of them have had or are currently breastfeeding. One of the women in the group told me that she recently found out she was pregnant with her first son and had been trying to feed her baby before she was able to find the right timing for breastfeeding.
I have to imagine it’s a struggle for even a mother to be on a constant high. So when one of the women who joined the group suggested I attend, I wasn’t quite sure whether or not I should. After all, I didn’t really know what to expect and felt so overwhelmed by all the information I had to process. But after the first couple of meetings I realized that there were others like me who had been through this before.
I’m sure most mothers have had that feeling. I’m not a breastfeeding expert by any means, but I have to say that with my own experience, I can say that it took a little time and a few conversations with my wife to get it just right. It took a little bit of asking.
As I mentioned before, breastfeeding is hard. You have to spend more time with both you and your baby to get it right. The biggest challenge is not only the fact that breastfeeding is hard, but also that you need to start at a very early age. I was a teenager when I had my baby, and there was a period when I wasn’t allowed to breastfeed. It was a little awkward, but I also learned a lot about breastfeeding from my own experience.
The problem with many things in life is that we are conditioned to expect the wrong things. It’s so easy to get used to the idea that all of a sudden everything is going to be OK. This is especially true of babies. I had just turned six months old when my mother-in-law took me to a breastfeeding support group. I immediately felt like a lost animal, being told to suck my own.
I tried to feed my daughter breast milk. It didn’t seem to be working. Then my husband and I decided to try formula. The first few times it seemed to be working, and then it stopped. We were at the same support group and we both felt the same way. We then tried pumping. Nothing seemed to work. So we tried formula. It wasn’t working.
Breastfeeding is a difficult experience for both mother and baby. There are so many things that go into it. The first thing is to get yourself and your baby used to it. Most moms find that breastfeeding works best when the body is adapted to it. If you are using a pump, make sure you know what you are doing. For example, try pumping for 15 minutes in a row and then switch to breast feeding. The longer you pump, the harder it is to get used to.