6 Sites to Help You Survive the First Months of Motherhood

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As a new Mom fresh out of the hospital, there’s a lot of uncharted territory when it comes to your new baby. We’ve all had that moment when you strap your little one into the car seat and stare at their Papa and think, “Did they really just let us out in the world with this kid?” Or “ Can we take a nurse home with us?” I’ll be the first to tell you, that you can take all the pre-baby classes in the world and once baby comes, it all goes out of the window at 2am with a crying baby.

I spend hours finding answers from Dr. Internet to the burning questions that can keep any new mom up at night. Are they suppose to wake up every 2-3 hours? Why does he poop constantly? Are the diaper warmers worth the $25? How do I increase my milk supply? Are my nipples supposed to feel like death?

So… I’ve complied a great list of resources that can ease your worries, (temporarily of course, you’re a Mom now, worry is your middle name) and get those burning questions answered:

Kelly Mom is one of my go to sites as she developed the site to give evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting. She’s a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and get’s social and spreads great info through her Facebook page, Breastfeeding Support Group, and on Twitter, definitely a Mom you can trust.

This is my breath of fresh air when I need some external motherly advice and activity suggestions. They put together this website to share their inspiration and adventures with other moms. They know they aren’t your Mother or Dr. but they are here for support and a break when your mind shuts down post baby. If it hasn’t, it will. So lean on them, I know I do!

LLL is great for breastfeeding information and help. They encourage you to contact your local chapter to find out about local events and meetups. The League’s Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. What more can you ask for? Breastfeeding isn’t as natural as one can expect, so don’t be afraid to reach out for help, seriously, don’t.

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Is the online extension of the well know book What to Expect when you are Expecting. Filled with the latest in pregnancy and parenting information and news it’s presented with What to Expects trademark warmth, humor, and empathy — the site is also home to a close-knit community of more than 13 million moms worldwide. Great quick resource!

When I was pregnant I swore by these books as they were recommended to me by my supervisor. The Sears’ are a family of Dr’s ( Dad, Mom, and 3 sons) and this site is intended to help parents become better informed consumers of health care. They give general information covering just about everything under the sun  (Hallelujah), but do suggest you consult your Dr. for specific questions.

  • Mommy Support Groups

I think that every mom should find a mothers group in-person and/or online where they can talk about what they are currently experiencing with other moms. During those long nights with baby while Papa Bear is sleep, you may find comfort in a FB group or online forum.Soon you realize you’re not the only one going though the storm and its nice when we all can dance in the rain together. Blowouts? Crying fits? Too lazy for that 4am pump session? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Join the hospital Newborn class, Google local mom groups, email me. Have some Mom friends in your corner, you will thank me later.

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These are some of the resources that I found helpful and constantly refer to when I need some more info. As always, please consult your Dr. if you are in a mad panic, these might not be most helpful in that moment. 😉

What are some of the best resources that have helped you? LMK in the comments below!

Loads of Love,

Gelicarae

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