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Support key to breastfeeding success say moms at MilkFest 2012

Posted August 5, 2012

Moms came out Saturday to MilkFest 2012 at The Family Nest in Morrisville to participate in The Big Latch On, part of an international effort to set a world's record for the largest number of moms breastfeeding at the same time.

I served as a judge during the event, which also included a variety of groups and businesses that cater to moms. I had a great time meeting lots of moms and many Go Ask Mom readers! Read all about the event on the Facebook page. A breastfeeding mom talks about nursing her six-month-old daugther Moms talk about their breastfeeding experience at MilkFest 2012

As Go Ask Mom readers know, I feature local moms every Monday. And I thought I'd talk to the moms at Saturday's event about their breastfeeding experience. I wanted to know if there was one thing they wish somebody told them about breastfeeding before they started or if there was one thing that they've learned since they started.

Watch the video to hear from the moms I spoke with about their experience. As a nursing mom myself, I wasn't surprised that there is an overriding theme here: It can be tough in the beginning, but with the right support, a breastfeeding mom can succeed.

Of course, if you need support, please check Go Ask Mom's breastfeeding resources page.


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  • mwilliams2 Aug 7, 2012

    That sounds like a great story that tarheelsgurl needs no one's support.

    Likely, she never had to deal with thrush, mastitis, vasospasm, severe under or over supply, severe reflux issues, tongue ties, or other anatomical issues that can make breastfeeding difficult or nearly impossible.

    So good for her, it sounds like she is very proud of herself!

    Luckily for the rest of us "inferior" breastfeeders, there are great LCs and other resources in the area like LLL and Nursing Mothers of Raleigh to provide great support!

  • shall6 Aug 6, 2012

    Thanks for all your comments. The goal of this post is to share individual moms' experiences breastfeeding their children. In the video, several of the moms talk about the support they received from husbands, family and friends (no mention of government aid or support or request for more) and how that was helpful to them. I had the same experience nursing my own children.

    I think it's wonderful that these women found the support they needed. And I think it's wonderful that moms like tarheelsgurl were able to do it on their own. And I also think that it's wonderful that other moms have made other decisions about what's best for their families.

    Sarah (Go Ask Mom editor)

  • whyalltheproblems Aug 6, 2012

    Thank you KLW. Why should we be made to feel guilty by giving our babies formula? Would it be worse if we let them go hungry?

  • KLW Aug 6, 2012

    I had our daughter in February and I tried for three weeks to breastfeed. I did everything I was told by the lactation consultants in the hospital. I was having supply issues and her pediatrician told me to just hang tight because sometimes it takes longer for the supply to come in. So I kept waiting and waiting, and doing what i was told to try to increase supply, and by the time I was referred to a lactation consultant she told me it was too late. So it does not always work for everyone for various reasons and moms who give it 100% and are unsuccessful should not be made to feel guilty.

  • americaneel Aug 6, 2012

    when do we find out if the world record was set? I am on pins and needles awaiting the results.

  • tarheelsgurl776 Aug 6, 2012

    It depends on what kind of person you are whether you need support or not. I am still breastfeeding my 13 month old and never got any support In fact, my Dad always told me I should just give her formula and wasn't comfortable with his daughter breastfeeding around him. Not his choice anyway.. but I did stick through it because I knew it was important for lots of parties involved. Money reasons, health reasons and to have that bond were important enough for me to keep telling myself to stick through it.. I didnt need anyones support.

  • danjoy87 Aug 6, 2012

    kidding about what? I don't see anything funny here.

  • Mustange Aug 5, 2012

    lol you gotta be kidding