Whether you breastfeed, use a bottle or formula, feeding a baby is a tough job. Breastfeeding moms in particular face challenges such as getting baby to latch and keeping their supply up. Moms face enough criticism, so we talked with lactation counselor Notesong Srisopark Thompson about ways to support moms who choose to breastfeed.
“The key thing is mom needs so much support,” Thompson said.
“Research has shown that women are less likely to give up exclusive breastfeeding before five months if they have support. So, support comes in many forms it comes in the form of providing important information--the benefits, but it also comes in the form of emotional support as well. You can help by bringing a new mom a little breastfeeding gift--something she can do with one hand like a magazine or bottle of water or granola bar.”
Even a text helps. “It’s incredible,” Thompson said. “You’re so isolated. The minute you come home from the hospital there’s nobody there, unless you’re lucky enough to have friends and family flocking around you, you’re by yourself and it's so isolating. And if you’re a new mom, you never breastfed before, so it’s a whole new animal so even sending a text to that mom saying hey how’s it going I’m here for you. Do you need any help? Can I help you find help? Reaching out and acknowledging that it’s not easy all the time. Maybe share a story if breastfeeding was hard for you. But to say don’t give up. It’s so worth it.”