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Resource Review Thursday: Kellymom

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When I was pregnant with my first baby, I stumbled upon the kellymom website while surfing baby forums one night.  I found the animated gif of a correct latch, and watched the baby latch again and again.  I didn’t do a whole lot of other research on breastfeeding because I was so completely focused on reading and building up my confidence to have a natural home birth, but when I found myself awake at 5am trying to latch my new baby, it was that simple animated gif that I could remember.  Using that mental image as a reference, I remembered what it should look like when baby “rolls” onto the nipple, and kept trying until we got it.

Breastfeeding Information for Reference and Preparation

Today kellymom is my first stop for breastfeeding information, whether I have a problem or question myself or I want to pass on some solid advice for a friend.  The website looks a little old and clunky right now, but a website redesign is in the works.  Information on all aspects of breastfeeding, attachment parenting, nutrition, postpartum depression and more is available by navigating through the menus on the left hand side.  kellymom is a great place to start reading about breastfeeding while you’re still pregnant, because it’s much easier to learn and remember information when you’re not caring for a newborn at the same time.

Pro-Attachment, Mom and Baby Friendly Breastfeeding Support

Unlike websites that claim to provide breastfeeding support while not-so-subtly marketing formula, kellymom totally supports breastfeeding and provides information to help moms and babies get through breastfeeding challenges without interrupting or undermining their breastfeeding relationship.  Whether you need help dealing with cracked nipples, thrush, low milk supply or a clogged duct, kellymom will provide information to help you clear up the problem and have a happy, pain-free breastfeeding experience.

Medication and Breastfeeding Safety

In any pregnancy or ongoing breastfeeding relationship, there will come a time when mom will need to make a decision about whether or not a particular drug, herb or medicine will be safe to consume.  Kellymom provides a clear, easy to understand list of various prescription medications, vitamins, herbs, vaccines and lifestyle choices and their safety during breastfeeding, so that mothers can make their own fully informed decisions.

Weaning and Nutrition for Toddlers

Breastfeeding and solids don’t have to be either/or, and it can be helpful to have information that supports the nutritional value of breastmilk for older babies, toddlers and young children who have started eating solids.  It can also be reassuring to read stories of children who have self-weaned as toddlers or preschoolers, and to learn that extended or full-term breastfeeding is normal and healthy for both mom and child.  kellymom also offers support and resources for moms who want to night wean while continuing daytime nursing.

When it comes to breastfeeding resources, Kellymom is my favourite place to find the information I need.  I love it now, and I’m looking forward to seeing it all spiffed up very soon.

Where do you get your breastfeeding resources and support?   I’d love to hear your comments!

Image Credit: daquellamanera on Flickr.

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  • Cynthia February 21, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Great review. Kellymom is definitely one of the top breastfeeding resources out there.

    I forgot what it was like in those early days, learning how to latch. Now that you mention it, I remember watching the same animation and working over and over trying to get a more comfortable latch with my first. It was so much easier the second time around!

    I remember, too, trying to follow a variety of different diagrams, descriptions, and animations on how to hand-express. Almost four years in and I *still* can’t hand-express so much as a drop of breastmilk!
    Cynthia´s last [type] ..Attachment Parenting Series- Breastfeeding

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