Breastfeeding Support for New Moms: Our Top Lactation Posts

After hours of labor, I always assumed that I would nestle my new baby to my breast where he would quickly suckle and then fall into an eight hour slumber.  Instead, breastfeeding a newborn was a tricky business for the first few months.  I only wish I would have had the resources we’ve compiled over the years at

Low breastmilk supply can be a major issue, especially when rest and fluid intake are so hard to keep up in the early days.  Why not have someone whip you up a batch of homemade lactation cookies, or “milk making cookies” to boost your breastmilk supply?

If you’re new to breastfeeding and are wondering how you can possibly nurse baby on the go , we have a post on the most bizarre breastfeeding locations our readers have come up with.  Plus we have an interview with a new mom who breastfed despite a  lack of family support.

What are the best breastfeeding snacks to try when you’re hungry at all hours of the day and night?  There are, of course, a few foods that you’ll want to avoid if exhaustion is making breastfeeding difficult. And of course, there are the hidden costs of breast feeding (mostly in the form of pastries and lattes!).

Going back to work can packed with challenges.  The transition from breast to a bottle can be wrenchingly difficult for your baby, while pumping breast milk at work can be hard at first for you. If you’re worried about breast milk leaking on your clothes, check out our review of wool nursing pads.

If you’ve considered extended breastfeeding and wanted to hear other opinions on breastfeeding toddlers or are wondering how to publicly breastfeed distractible tots, we’ve got that covered too!

Most important of all for new moms who are in the first and hardest stage of breastfeeding, is our Saturday question post from long ago that asked, “Was breastfeeding worth it?”  Thirty three women responded with thoughtful, inspiring comments.

Where are you in your breastfeeding journey?  We’d love to hear your stories!


  1. Happily in my 5th month of breastfeeding my daughter! The first few months were a real challenge – in fact I spent weeks 8-12 breastfeeding on my right side and pumping on my left to allow my left nipple to heal. (Right when I went back to work, so I was pumping anyway.) Despite trying EVERYTHING (and, yes, having a good latch) my nipple would not heal until I simply stopped feeding from that side. Once healed she had no problem going back to eating on both sides and we have been a happy breastfeeding couple since then.

    So, was it worth it? OH SO WORTH IT!!! There is nothing more wonderful than being able to look down at her beautiful face as she finds the ultimate contentment (and nutrition, naturally). And it is so convenient and simple (especially awesome for us since we seem to travel 2-3 per month since she was born – not recommended). And cheap. And I’ve lost the baby weight (don’t hate me, I still have, ahem, my own weight).

    But it can be hard – SO HARD – at the beginning. Get help. Get support. Find other new breastfeeding moms, and former breastfeeding moms. See a doctor, midwife, lactation consultant – whoever can help you. Read online resources, but get help IN PERSON if you are in pain. Remember, it isn’t just for you, it is also for that little bundle of beautiful perfection for whom you would do anything.

  2. I love this round up! So great that you have often posted on breastfeeding. I am really trying to ditch the Lansinoh disposable pads, but I leak through EVERYTHING reusable — I’ve tried wool, cotton, wool plus cotton (2 pads on each breast) and the fleece with PUL, which worked the best I think. Maybe when I finally night wean my production will go down a bit. I feel guilty about the disposable pads. : (

    I remember your wool pad post. That’s how I knew about wool breast pads. I think they would work wonderfully for someone with a small amount of leaking (i.e., most women).

  3. Betsy, have you tried silicone nursing pads such as Lily Padz? I wonder if those would work for you. I never tried them, since the wool ones worked for me.

  4. In month 7 and still going.

    I like to joke that we had every problem possible (except mastitis). We had a bad latch, thrush, what the lactation consultant referred to as “severe nipple trauma”, possibly a mild infection, and milk supply problems. I spent the first month and a half visiting the lactation consultant twice a week (or more) plus emergency calls.

    Between the trauma and thrush I was in a lot of pain. Like Kristin, I had to pump exclusively for a while so things could heal (on both sides). Since the thrush was particularly resistant (“Worst I’ve ever seen” – Lactation Consultant) I also had to go through several rounds of increasingly-stronger medication. And the medicine gave my daughter a stomach ache. Her “colic” magically ended a couple days after we stopped all the medicine.

    For the milk supply issues, I was pumping after every nursing session. Since my daughter was eating every two and a half hours at that point, that means that I only had an 45 min break between each Nursing-Pumping session. Exhausted doesn’t begin to cover it.

    Even with all the problems I had, it was smooth sailing by 6 weeks (mostly smooth by 4).

    Would I do it again? Yes! My daughter gets top nutrition at bottom price (with no unpronounceable corn-derivatives). I get extra cuddle time. All the problems at the beginning were stressful (especially when postpartum hormones and sleep deprivation make you a basket case anyway) but now it’s easy. Even when I’ve had problems down the road (another case of trush, milk supply dip when I returned to work) I’ve been able to cope with these better since I’ve done it before. Don’t let problems early on scare you.

  5. Using medela nipple shields for the first two months (a lactation consultant no-no) saved my nursing experience with both of my children! I am so glad, because I ended up loving it! The first time it was a bad latch with a low-birthweight baby; with my second child, I was just a wimp and had sore nipples. However, with both, I weaned them off the use of them at exactly two months and we continued happily until 13 and 1/2 months. The support and persuasion (of my otherwise very laid back mother) to try the nipple shields is what kept me going that first exhausting week. Thanks, mom!!

  6. I thought BF was going to be so natural and easy and peaceful….I needed that after 40 hours of my homebirth labor. That is not what I got!!! Flat nipples started it off so I needed nipple shields. My milk didn’t come in for 4 days (which is normal but a cruel trick the human body plays on you. Have a baby but you can’t feed him) Then came the 3 rounds of Mastitis in the first 4 weeks. That is the absolute worst!!! Add in postpartum depression and no sleep. UGH it was a BAD start. But now we are on going on 15 months and doing great! 🙂 I am so glad I had the support of my midwife and my family.

  7. Rebecca, I don’t think I would try the silicone nipple shields b/c I have had lots of plugged ducts this time around and I almost NEVER stop my flow on purpose — just seems like a bad idea for me. I DID recently try the Lanacare wool pads you guys reviewed and the Ekstra (3 layers, more absorbent) ones worked for me! I’m going to post about it someday — they were definitely a notch above the other (2) brands of wool pads I tried.

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