Sunday, June 1, 2008

Breastfeeding Resources

I've been getting a number of emails from pregnant women with bipolar who are contemplating breastfeeding. I wanted to mention that breastfeeding can be difficult -- it takes patience. I told myself that I would stick with it for 6 weeks and then if it still hurt to much I'd reconsider. Then I said 3 months, now I say 6 months. Each time I hit the goal I challenge myself to stick with it a little longer.

So I wanted to share some of my favorite breastfeeding resources.

Kelly Mom - Site features lots of articles on breastfeeding and good advice on what to do if you have problems - i.e. treating sore, cracked nipples, thrush, etc.

Dr. Jack Newman Articles on Breastfeeding Online - Helpful articles and videos from Jack Newman who is a doctor who specializes in lactation.

Breastfeeding & Peppermint Water Article - This is a scientific study about using peppermint water to reduce nipple soreness and cracking. Peppermint water is traditionally used in Iran.

If you aren't sure that you are going to breastfed beware that these books are a little dogmatic about the benefits of breastfeeding. So if you might be considering formula beware that they could induce guilt ...

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - This book by the La Leche League is very infomative.

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers : The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solution Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America -- This book is by Dr. Jack Newman. I haven't read this book yet - I just ordered it. But I really like his articles and advice that I've found online.

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