When I got pregnant the first time, I knew I would breastfeed if at all humanly possible. It was VERY important to me…and so I set out to learn all I could about it. I spent a lot of wasted time reading JUNK that clouded my judgment and made my first few months with Annie very hard.
Annie was not an easy breastfeeder. We really struggled at first, which led to a lot of crying – MY CRYING. Eventually I was led to some great resources from my awesome friend, Brandy…and I’m thankful. It really made breastfeeding this time around a lot easier on me – mentally and physically.
Along those same lines, I decided that this time around I would do things differently in the medical world as well. I wanted to try natural remedies before relying on pharmaceuticals. Annie has never had antibiotics and she’s 3 years old. Would I give them if she needed them? Yes. However, I try natural methods first to see if they work.
I want to be a more natural, baby wearing, breastfeeding Mama. Why? Because I really think that’s how it’s meant to be. It’s what works for me…but it’s not easy. It requires knowledge and research. But once I started reading into these options (breastfeeding, baby wearing, and attachment parenting), I realized that it resonated with my heart – it made sense.
So, today I want to share with you two resources that I use very often…for breastfeeding and for natural parenting. They’re both free and available online anytime. When I freak out (which I do regularly), I go to these sites first (and Brandy too…hi Brandy!) and see what the right option might be.
They’ve been a huge blessing to me, so I wanted to pass them along to you. Do I agree with everything they say? Heck no…I don’t agree with everything ANYONE says, not even Barry (sorry, honey). If you agreed with everything someone said, that would just be weird – it would mean they were YOU. <— Tweet This
The first site is Kelly Mom. What a GREAT site!!! I’ve found an answer to every single breastfeeding question that I’ve had – all right at the tip of my fingers. Rock on!
Breastfeeding is the main focus on this site, but it’s not the only thing there. If you’re a breastfeeding mama, then you know that all of life affects your feeding – so there are lots of issues discussed on this site.
I like Kelly Mom because all the articles posted are EVIDENCE BASED – meaning they don’t just post opinions there. You can get support there through the message boards and even on their Facebook page.
What do you find at Kelly Mom? Information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, what to expect in different childhood stages, parenting, health, nutrition, and even some fun stuff! Can’t beat it. Check it out!
My second favorite site is Ask Dr. Sears. I’m a big Dr. Sears fan…so it makes sense that I would also enjoy his website. I have almost all his books already, but on the website I can find the information that I need – quickly.
When I was a very new mom with Annie, I read a lot of trash that kept me anxious and worried about her…and then I found Dr. Sears (thanks Brandy!). His approach to parenting just seems natural to me. I enjoy his advice and I’ve found lots of answers to our problems on his website.
What do I like best about Dr. Sears? He’s a REAL DAD…to 8 children! His advice is from a medical standpoint AND a dad standpoint…and that holds a lot of clout with me. He works together with his wife making it even better – I love Mommy Advice from a Mommy who has been there.
What will you find at Ask Dr. Sears? Pregnancy and Childbirth information (I love his childbirth book!), breastfeeding information, information on attachment parenting, nutrition, and even vaccines. It’s a GREAT resource…I love it. Did I already say that?
So, there you have it. Those are my two favorite – I hope you find them helpful as well.
What are your favorite parent resources?