I unintentionally missed this week’s Breastfeeding Blog Hop, but I am going to do it anyway. This week’s topic is Support Groups. When E and I first started nursing, we had a really difficult time. I’m not going to go into details (I wrote an entire post about it), but I almost quit a few times. My support group during the tough time consisted of my husband D, my doula, and my mom. My husband was by far my biggest cheerleader. He knew when to call our doula J for backup. My mom was incredible, watching E as much as she could so D and I could get used to the sudden change in our life. I know I would not be breastfeeding now if it had not been for their help during those first few weeks.
Now that we are ten months into this breastfeeding thing, my support group has changed. D is still my core support, but I have been lucky enough to find a group of moms that I can call/text/talk to about anything and everything nursing or parenting related. Some of them have babies right around E’s age, others haven’t nursed for years but still have great advice. They offer suggestions when I ask about how to get E to sleep through the night, they provide support when I worry that he’s almost done nursing, and they are fantastic women to boot. I’ve nursed alongside a number of them and even pumped with one because we were away from our babies.
I’m proud to say that I am taking my experience and translating it into support for friends who have had babies. I may not know all the answers, but so much of what I have learned has been through the personal experiences of others. It is important to pass along that anecdotal knowledge. It is tribal knowledge of sorts and definitely needs to be passed along.