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COVID information and resources
There is currently no clinical evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted through breastmilk. To date, the virus has not been found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.
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Initially created in the 1990’s, Kelly Bonyata is considered one of the “Mothers of Lactation”; hands down, this website is a favorite of just about any IBCLC you encounter. Here you will find helpful information about diet/nutrition for you and baby, transition back to work, bottle introduction, infant sleep, ages and stages, breast infections, and much more.
La Leche League
The very first breastfeeding support program, and the originators of the IBCLC profession. This world-wide organization is well known for advocacy in the form of mother to mother support. In addition to the numerous articles online, the Midlands offers four meetings in multiple locations, as well as a virtual support group on Facebook.
Breastfeeding Supporters Defined
When you need help for feeding difficulties, or just want good support, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out the “alphabet soup” of qualifications and role. The site does a great job of defining “who the helpers are” and what they do.
Infant Risk Center
This site is a non-profit organization dedicated to answering medication related questions for mothers, as well as the professionals who support them. Dr Hale is the author of Medications and Mothers Milk, the go-to resource for IBCLCs and other healthcare providers. The site contains articles focusing on such topics as cold/allergy remedies, PPD, migraines, Vitamin D, and others. There are also forums for specific medication conditions. Most important, there is also a toll free number for those having questions about specific medications. The center operates Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Central time.
Free medication information from the National Library of Medicine. While not quite as complete as the Infant Risk Center, this website is a good resource for questions when Infant Risk isn’t accessible (nights, weekends and holidays).
FDA, New and Used Pumps
This is a very useful site and the link is to our most asked question-Are used pumps safe? The answer is no and the FDA explains why. There are articles about choosing pumps as well when to file a report if your pump doesn’t work properly when new, or causes injury.
Breast Surgeries and Breastfeeding
Most mothers can breastfeed even after having breast surgeries, but there are some unique challenges that are present. This site was created by an IBCLC who also experienced this personal. If you need this resource, you also need to meet with an IBCLC in the first week after discharge.
Eliminating a feed group from your diet is never the first step when trying to solve a “fussy baby” problem. However, for those who have tried everything else (including a recent feeding assessment with an IBCLC), knowing the “how to’s” is an important step. Kellymom is a great resource, but this article is the best starting point; written by an IBCLC who is also a mother of three, all with diet sensitivities.
Midlands Multiples Club
Information about monthly local meeting, FB page, MOM sale, and other resources. Affiliate of the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs.
For twins, but mostly higher order multiples. Some breastfeeding information but mostly broad based content from pregnancy to parenting, as well as special needs. FAQ’s also contain a nice section on how to respond to sensitive questions.
South Carolina Milk Bank
How to donate milk for NICU and special needs babies. Affiliated with National Milk Banks of North America; the only organization that is non-profit and uses your milk for babies rather than corporate revenue.
Resources for low supply. All interventions should be done in conjunction with support from an IBCLC.
Baby Care and Stages
This great website, created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has a wealth of information about babies (and more). From basic baby care to ages and stages, you will probably find the answer here.
Car Seat Checks
Installing a car seat can be tricky, so having yours checked by an expert is always a good idea. This site, offered by the Department of Transportation, is very easy to use and a great way to access this free community service. Simply type in your zip code to get a list of locations that offer these checks.
This great tool (also developed by the AAP) covers all ages but has baby-specific topics as well. Simply hover your mouse over the part of the body that relates to your question, and click when it changes color. This opens a box of prompts for you to scroll and click again when you see your desired topic. Each topic has three pages: Definition, When to Call, and Care Advice. Some topics also have links to external websites for more information.