Monday, May 31, 2010

Breastfeeding: Resources and Clothes

This one is for the mommies out there (sorry daddies). But just a few words on resources here in our area for breastfeeding mothers.

Breastfeeding Help & Support
Breastfeeding is hard work! Despite how great it is for your baby, it isn't necessarily easy, and isn't natural for a lot of mommies. If you decide to breastfeed, and it works for you and your child, there are people here in the area that can help you.

UNC:
http://www.med.unc.edu/fammed/for-patients/maternal-childcare/lactcon
Lactation Services
N.C. Women’s Hospital
U.N.C. Healthcare
Breastfeeding Warmline:
919-966-4148 (local)
866-428-5608 (toll free)
Lactation consultants are experienced and very knowledgeable.

La Leche League:
www.lllofnc.org
You can get online help through chat rooms and emails, and you can also sign up to attend one of their group sessions.

Rex Healthcare:
"Conveniently located on the 1st floor of the Rex Women's Center, Rex Women's Resource Center and Lactation Station is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. with no appointment necessary."

Women's Birth & Wellness Center:
http://ncbirthcenter.com/
919-933-3301
I have heard fabulous reviews of the services offered here.

Triangle Lactation Company:
http://www.trianglelactation.com/

Paula Huffman (mentioned in the Yoga blog post) offers breastfeeding classes and a support circle every third Saturday of the month at Hillsborough Yoga, online at www.hillsboroughyoga.com. Paula also offers special events for breastfeeding mothers, sometimes cosponsored by the local La Leche league. To get on her email list to hear about these events, email paulahuffman@hotmail.com

Directory of other resources across NC:
http://www.breastfeeding.com/directory/states/northcarolina.html

Website we love:
www.kellymom.com
Very comprehensive, easy to navigate website on nursing.

Breastfeeding Clothing
You just got done with maternity clothes, and you want to expand your wardrobe, but need some good, convenient nursing clothes now! And you also really need to invest in some good nursing bras. (Trust me, you really do, they are worth it.) Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be too many places to actually shop in a store for nursing gear. My mommy friends and I compiled the shops we like, and tack on a few of our favorite websites.

Local shops:

The Birth & Wellness Center was mentioned so many times as the place to go to get fitted for and help with nursing bras. Apparently their selection is fantastic and the staff is great at helping a nursing mother know what to look for in a bra.

Target sells nursing tanks that are comfortable, easy to use, and great for sleeping. Many nursing mothers have used these successfully.

Destination Maternity in Southpoint Mall sells select nursing wear, but doesn't have a huge inventory in stock.

The Red Hen also sells nursing bras and other nursing gear.

Online spots to shop:
Gap: www.gap.com
Old Navy: www.oldnavy.com (some of the best prices around)
Japanese Weekend: http://www.japaneseweekend.com/Maternity-Nursing-Tops-and-Nursing-Bras-s
Euphoria Maternity: http://www.euphoriamaternity.com/nursing-clothes.html (a little bit pricier but clothes can double as maternity wear as well)
Motherwear: http://www.motherwear.com/
Momzelle: http://www.momzelle.com/
Breakout Bras: http://www.breakoutbras.com/ (great prices on some of the most popular brands such as Bravado)


Hopefully the things in this post can make breastfeeding easier for you, and also help you feel fashionable while doing it!

(And special thanks to all my mommy friends who contributed to this post.)

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