These are some of my favorite sites and resources for nursing mamas!
As a first time mama, I have found that having a support system is CRUCIAL to a successful nursing relationship.
Family and friends are the most important supporters but it is also great to have a network of other mamas who know what you’re going through.
I consult these pages all.the.time. No joke!
Breastfeeding Mama Talk
This page is GREAT for asking questions and getting advice from other mamas. Kristy, the owner, is one of the best advocates for nursing mamas everywhere!
The Badass Breastfeeder
This page is another great resource for information and support- you will feel so empowered after reading Abby’s story and advice!
The Milk Meg
One of my favorite pages! Tons of useful information, support, and humor from Meg to get you through your breastfeeding journey!
Badass Breastfeeders of Colorado
Since I live in Colorado, this is my go-to page for advice and questions! It’s much more laid-back and it’s not exclusively for breastfeeding so you can just connect with other mamas in the area you live in! This is an ‘extension’ from The Badass Breastfeeder page.
***Search for a Badass Breastfeeders group for your state or area!***
Holistic Parenting Magazine
This is my new favorite page! Tons of great, natural advice and info. If you’re looking for more natural, homeopathic approaches to parenting, this is a great spot!
NCSL- Breastfeeding State Laws
Sadly, not everyone likes to see mamas nursing their little ones. However, the LAW is on YOUR side. Most states have laws pertaining to breastfeeding (including nursing in public or NIP as you’ll see it called on most breastfeeding support pages) and they protect you as a nursing mama. On this site, you can easily look for your state and find the exact statute. I have never had a problem nursing in public but I do have cards made with Colorado’s state law on breastfeeding printed on them!
A quick run-down of state laws:
Forty-six states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location. (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.)
Twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws. (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.)
Twenty-five states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have laws related to breastfeeding in the workplace. (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.)
Sixteen states and Puerto Rico exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty or allow jury service to be postponed. (California, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Virginia.)
Five states and Puerto Rico have implemented or encouraged the development of a breastfeeding awareness education campaign. (California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Vermont.)