As a breastfeeding mother I know, when you need help, you need help now! And you need help from someone who knows what they're talking about. The internet is a fabulous tool but Dr. Google can also very quickly overwhelm breastfeeding families. The thing about breastfeeding is that the experience is different for every mother and baby. I hear it all the time "this was so easy with my first! what's happening?!" or "this baby is totally different than my first born" At 3am, with a crying baby who won't feed, asking Dr. Google's advice is very tempting and it can be very helpful, when used with caution.
You can type anything into your Google search and easily get a million different pages pop up. The most important thing for you to look for is...
Who wrote the post
Your answer can come from a lot of different places and you absolutely need to determine the validity of the advice you are seeking. If you are looking for someone's experience or opinion, then Google is great. You will get hundreds of different opinions or shared experiences. If you are looking for something specific like how to correct a latch, how to heal nipple damage or pain, determining if you have mastitis and what the best course of treatment is... you need credible advice. When it comes to breastfeeding you need to be reading advice from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). We are the experts when it comes to assessing, supporting and evaluating breastfeeding. Sometimes, it's not always enough to be a physician, some physicians are fantastic supporters of breastfeeding and some are even IBCLC's but a lot of physicians will be the first to tell you, breastfeeding is not an area that is well covered during medical training. One thing that IBCLC's are not permitted to do (unless they also have prescribing authority) is write prescriptions. This is when you can take the knowledge and research you have received from an IBCLC to your appointment.
I will share with you some great, well written and researched online breastfeeding sites that you can go to and receive credible breastfeeding information.
1. Right here! This blog! www.lovensnuggles.com I will be the first to say, it needs more and believe me, I'm working on it! You will find some great posts on breastfeeding here but since you likely can't wait for me to expand the Love n' Snuggles online library, here are some other great websites too.
2. Dr. Jack Newman's website www.ibconline.ca
3. Anne Smith, IBCLC at www.breastfeedingbasics.com
4. Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC at www.nancymohrbacher.com
5. La Leche League International at www.llli.org
Immediately after you think, "I need to find help online" your second thought should be "I need to find an IBCLC who can help me" Nothing beats the one on one support of an IBCLC. I offer in-home and clinic appointments for my local clients and online eConsults for families across North America. I am here to support you on your breastfeeding journey.