Written by Durham Families
Things to know
- Remember to be kind to yourself. Breastfeeding is not as easy as I thought it would be. Took a lot of time and energy. But totally worth it. Good Luck!
- You can breastfeed, even if you plan to go back to work, you have a C-section, your baby is premature, or you have twins…even triplets!
- The more your baby nurses the more milk you will have.
- Newborns usually nurse 10 to 14 times in a 24-hour period.
- Babies nurse for nourishment and also for many other important reasons.
- Nap or rest with your baby when you can.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Talk with someone who has enjoyed nursing.
- It is okay to feel clueless when you get home
- Go to at least a couple breastfeeding support meetings. Even if you don’t continue going, the “normalizing” experience of being around so many women breastfeeding was transformative for me – nobody averting their eyes or giving me weird stares, no anxious, awkward body mechanics required to keep others comfortable or feeling flashed, and no one bringing “too much” attention/focus on you as you try to breastfeed. At the same time, just by being there around others breastfeeding, you get to see all varieties of holds, techniques, babies who fuss and those who don’t (because sometimes it’s the baby who’s clueless, not you!), and if you do have questions or want help, people are kind and happy to offer it.
Online and In Person Communities
- ‘joined at the nip’ Facebook
- meet up group, Alternative Parenting of Durham.
- Public Durham Facebook: https:// www.facebook.com/LLLofNCDurham/
- Private Durham Facebook: https:// www.facebook.com/groups/LLLofDurhamPM/
- Durham Meetups: https://www.meetup.com/ Durham-La-Leche-League-Breastfeeding-Support-and-Info/events/
- South Durham: https://groups.google.com/ forum/#!forum/lll-durham-south/join
- Central Durham: https://groups.google.com/ forum/#!forum/lll-central-durham/join
- Triangle Area Parenting Support: New parent support groups meet for 10 weeks. Groups are available for newborns and older babies in English and Spanish.
Medications & More During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
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Perinatal Mood Support Groups
- Perinatal Mood Group: Emerald Doulas: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7 pm, 5317, Highgate Dr. Suite 115. Babies under one year are welcome. Free to all pregnant and postpartum women. 919-864-8361
- Coping with Motherhood: Women’s Birth and Wellness Center: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month 10:30-12:00, 930 M.L.K. Jr Blvd #202, Chapel Hill, NC, Free. A mother-to-mother support group for pregnant and postpartum moms who are struggling with mood disorders. Facilitated by Nancy Albrecht, RN. Please contact Nancy for more info: 919.933.3301 ext. 207 or email@example.com.
- Moms Supporting Moms: Weekly Group: Moms Supporting Moms meets at a medical practice in the Rex Healthcare Medical Plaza. Women may obtain the exact location by calling the phone support lune (919.454.6946) and speaking with a volunteer. Also offer phone support and online live support. https://pesnc.org/get-help/moms-supporting-moms/
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