There are many links to breastfeeding resources on the web. I’ve narrowed this list down to those that offer the most up-to-date and evidence-based information available. For blogs that I recommend, see my blogroll on my Blog. In the case of products, I’ve listed items that offer, real, positive benefits for the price you pay, or that make your pumping just a bit easier.
Baby GooRoo - Website devoted to breastfeeding information and nutrition resources. Has a blog and lots of useful information, updated frequently.
Best for Babes - Superb website devoted to helping mothers overcome the Booby Traps© that keep them from being successful at breastfeeding.
Breast and Bottle - When you have to combine bottle feeding with breastfeeding, this is the site to check out for how to do it the right way, the way that preserves your breastfeeding relationship. Companion website to the book, “Balancing Breast and Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals”.
Breastfeeding Made Simple - Just as the title implies, this site (and book) present breastfeeding as the biological norm and that breastfeeding is much simpler if mothers follow the “Seven Natural Laws” of breastfeeding. This site has a wealth of links to breastfeeding information.
Breastfeeding.com - this is a very popular site for breastfeeding information, Q&A with an Expert, discussion boards, videos, chat rooms, fun stuff and a LC directory.
Breastfeeding USA - provides evidence-based information and support, and promotes breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm. This is accomplished through a network of accredited breastfeeding counselors and comprehensive resources for the benefit of mothers and babies, families, and communities.
Common Sense Breastfeeding - Website by Diane Wiessinger, IBCLC, with a lot of handouts on why breastfeeding is normal and how to make it an everyday part of your life.
International Lactation Consultant Association - ILCA is the professional orginazation for IBCLCs. If you need to find an IBCLC in your area, go to this website and click on their “Find a LC” link. From there you will be given a listing of the IBCLC’s in your area. A Board Certifed Lactation Consultant is worth her weight in gold. If you don’t know what an IBCLC is, see my FAQ on Lactation Consultants and Choosing Your Breastfeeding Helper.
Kellymom - This is the clearinghouse of breastfeeding information on the web. Kelly is an IBCLC and she thoroughly researches all of the breastfeeding information she posts and keeps it up-to-date. If you can’t find it here, it probably hasn’t been written about yet!
La Leche League International - LLL is the “Mother” of all breastfeeding sites, and LLL offers a wide range of information and support for breastfeeding mothers. LLL Groups are led by accredited breastfeeding counselors and can be found around the globe, and those overseas are often found on or near military bases. You can find articles and handouts as well as a listing of Groups, Leaders, Warmlines in your area, chat boards at this great website.
Low Milk Supply - Excellent website for mothers dealing with milk supply issues. Companion website to the book, ” Making More Milk”.
U.S. Government - Our government has put together a comprehensive website about breastfeeding with numerous PDFs, fact sheets and links to policies, weight charts and an email subscription option for weekly updates.
The following is a listing of the best and most efficient breastpumps for the military mother. See my FAQ on breastpumps regarding used pumps and ‘cheap’ pumps. See this link at “Just West of Crunchy” for an explanation of the WHO code and why it is important.
Ameda -One of the leaders in terms of quality and price with a range of pumps from hand to hospital-grade rental pumps. WHO code compliant.
Freemie – A new system for hands-free pumping, using the pump you already own.
Hygeia – High quality, environmentally green hospital-grade breast pumps. WHO code compliant.
Limerick – High quality, pumps that go from hospital to home to work. WHO code compliant.
Medela – Well-known manufacturer offering everything from hand to hospital-grade pumps. Not WHO code compliant.
Bravado Bras – The leader in nursing bras, these bras ARE stylish and will last for years!
Easy Expression Bustier – Hands-free pumping bras to make pumping easier.
Lily Padz – Silicone breast pads to wear under your uniform, no more leaking!!
Milkin’ Cookies - Lactation cookies to boost your supply, created by two medical doctors. A quick healthy snack that boosts your production!
Mother’s Milk Mate - Storage system consisting of bottles and a rack with the First-In, First-Out© system
Motherlove Herbals - Offers herbal supplements to boost your milk supply (such as More Milk Plus). Their herbs are organic and the company is pro-military!
Sensible Lines Milk Trays – Niether a bottle nor a bag, these are trays to freeze your milk and the frozen ‘milk sticks’ drop right into a bottle.
Air Force Aid Society- Emergency funds and Budgeting for Baby classes available on bases worldwide.
Army Emergency Relief- Emergency funds and resources.
Army Community Services – Offers a wealth of resources for Army families worldwide.
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance – Emergency funds and resources, including a baby layette.
Fleet and Family Service Centers – Emergency funds, counseling, resources available at Navy and Marine Corps bases worldwide.
Military One Source - Military-wide, one-stop website and call center for everything from counseling to returning to school. Does offer some health support, may offer resources for breastfeeding and breast pumps.
Mom2Mom – Army breastfeeding support group, available at some installations.
New Parent Support Program/Team- DOD-mandated parenting program available to all services, offering parenting information and skills from Prenatal through age 5.
NMCRS- The Navy and Marine Corps relief agency, offers Budgeting for Baby class and a Visiting Nurse program on most Navy and Marine Corps bases worldwide.