If you are pregnant and considering breastfeeding or if you currently breastfeeding and have questions, the best option is to join a breastfeeding support group. These groups are usually created by and for breastfeeding mothers, who will answer all of your questions.
3 Reasons to Join a Breastfeeding Support Group
Breastfeeding support groups are often a go-to for new moms, but they can be difficult to find. There are many reasons why you may want to join a breastfeeding support group, including:
- Not being Alone. Feeling isolated in your journey with breastfeeding and looking for other moms who have similar goals and experiences.
- Expert Advice. Lactation consultants can provide the help and guidance to overcome any breastfeeding obstacles you may be facing.
- Encouragement. The breastfeeding journey is not easy for many moms. Being with a group of women in the same stage as you can provide needed encouragement during times of frustration or discouragement.
Community-Based Support Groups
If you want to connect with other mothers, there may be a Facebook group for local mothers in your area. Or you may be able to find classes that are offered through your delivery hospital, local health department, or insurance provider. Here’s some:
La Leche League USA
La Leche League USA supports mothers worldwide through encouragement, education, and information regarding breastfeeding.
Middle TN Breastfeeding Support
Middle TN Breastfeeding Support is a private non-judgmental group of mother-to-mother who offer each other support for nursing our babies based in middle Tennessee.
Breastfeeding USA is devoted to providing accurate breastfeeding information and practical support to mothers.
Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition
Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition is a group of volunteers (parents, medical professionals, health department officials, and community members) promoting community initiatives and education that will help new mothers initiate breastfeeding and meet their goals.
Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline
The Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline, staffed by International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), is available to nursing mothers and their families, expectant mothers, and health care providers seeking breastfeeding support and information. The Hotline operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
For common breastfeeding questions, call the Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline at 855-423-6667. The hotline provides accurate, up-to-date information in several languages, including Spanish, French, Arabic, and Mandarin.
The Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline can help you with common breastfeeding questions, such as:
- Not making enough milk
- Oversupply of milk
- Baby refusing to nurse
- Breast or nipple pain
- Medications and breastfeeding
- Breast pumps
- Working and breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding in public