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My mom has been wonderful and very supportive. She breastfed my brother and I for a few years each. My SO is also very supportive.
I helped my bff push through her early nursing troubles (cracked, bleeding nipples and severe pain) and now she's happily nursing her 10 month old still. Most of my friends know how pro-breastfeeding I am lol.
The mom's group at my hospital was awesome. Almost everyone who ever came to that BF and the woman who facilitated it was a lactation consultant.
I have a friend who I wish I'd given advice to. She formula fed her first after her milk didn't come in the first day No one at the hospital bothered to tell her that it wouldn't be in yet. She had her second in December and even though she took a BFing class that time, she ended up formula feeding as well. Her second baby was born quickly and she says he was spitting up amniotic fluid. She decided to give him formula to stop that. I don't know why. I honestly don't think she was committed to BFing at all. I think she was just going through the motion to make her husband happy that she'd at least tried. I found out she'd switched to formula and I wanted to give her information on relactating because the baby was only 9 days old at that point. I didn't want to over step and don't think she would have appreciated it, but I still wish I had sent it. She's a SAHM, so has the time to BF if she wanted to.
Thank you peimum for my siggie
Dec 26 '08, BFP after 21 months thanks to acupuncture
Jan 14 '09, first u/s one strong heart beat
Jan 28, '09, second u/s, Surprise! two strong heart beats
Aug 13, '09 Arya and Eiley are born on what would have been their great grandmother's 105th birthday 365 Days in a Roe
LLL has been super supportive. Honestly, most people in my life have been. I was clear from the beginning with every one just how much BFing meant to me and how much I needed their support and I have been lucky enough to receive it. I was just thinking earlier today how blessed I am to have such wonderful people in my life.
I have had a few friends take advice re: BFing and be thankful and had 2 friends attempt to BF after seeing me and talking to me. Again, I think it's because I have been so open about it that people feel I'm someone they can turn to. I try really hard to be supportive and non-judgmental. Sadly, few of those friends even made it to a year, but at least some babes got a little BM that may not have otherwise.