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.

Websites:
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.

Books:
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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