Hi mamas! I’m Kristin Gourley, IBCLC and mom to 5. I am here today to talk about creating a community around you to feel supported in breastfeeding.
It’s a cruel joke that motherhood, when you are constantly surrounded by children, can be very lonely! This can be especially true for breastfeeding mothers when their families or friends don’t know how to support their choice to breastfeed.
When I had my first baby, I didn’t have any friends who had breastfed before and didn’t really have any support aside from my husband, who wasn’t exactly knowledgeable about breastfeeding! My son and I were lucky enough to meet our breastfeeding goals, but if I had taken a breastfeeding class prenatally, I might have avoided some rough experiences and spent less time Googling and questioning! I might also have made some friends.
One of the benefits of attending Lactation Link’s in-person breastfeeding class is that you get to meet other moms! We encourage moms to trade contact information or social media handles to help bridge that loneliness gap that can come during pregnancy and once baby arrives. We still have some openings in our next class, sign up before they sell out!
Click through to learn how I found a community of support.
Though I didn’t have a great breastfeeding support network when I had my first baby, I learned soon after my second baby was born that I needed other moms in my life who had similar goals as me or who would support me even if our choices were different. So, at the suggestion of an acquaintance, I attended my first La Leche League meeting! The women at LLL were very kind, knowledgeable, and supportive, even when I burst into tears while introducing myself. In retrospect, attending a meeting with two kids by myself at 2 weeks postpartum may have been a little ambitious!
LLL is a non-profit organization with the sole goal of breastfeeding support. The Leaders are mothers who have breastfed just like you and they help moms know what is normal and what is not. While they aren’t lactation consultants, they can they refer you to an IBCLC for more detailed, personalized help as needed. After attending LLL for a while, I decided I wanted to become a Leader myself, and then later decided that I would love to further help mothers and began the process to become an IBCLC.
Looking back now, I can see many instances in my time as a mother and as a LLL Leader where I wish I had had great classes to refer to like Lactation Link’s– for both myself and for others! When I first met Lindsey, I was so impressed by her passion which really shines through in her classes. I also have such a passion in helping moms and I am proud to be an IBCLC! Making friends through breastfeeding has been such a blessing in my life.
If you feel lonely in your role as a mother– you are not alone! Hop on to our Instagram page and find support and community! Motherhood is hard, but you don’t have to endure it by yourself! How have you found friends and others that support you in your breastfeeding and parenting goals? Share in the comments.
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Thanks for coming by,
Kristin Gourley, IBCLC