Great Breastfeeding Blogs to Read!

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Written by Amber McCann, IBCLC

Blogging has become an incredibly influential part of the media consumed by today’s mothers. In BlogHer’s 2012 Study of Women and Social Media, a sample of women were asked, ““Do you trust the information and advice that you get from blogs?” and an overwhelming 98% said YES.  The number of women, especially pregnant women and new mothers, who are seeking advice and guidance from bloggers is staggering.  45% of the sample said that blogs were more influential than Facebook status updates from their friends or celebrity endorsements.  Clearly, it is a medium that breastfeeding advocates and supporters should be aware of. And with nearly 4 million “mommy bloggers” on the scene, finding the best of the best can be a challenge.

I recently was involved in a conversation with other lactation consultants about what blogs we were reading to stay up to date on the current conversation about breastfeeding.  I am an active blog reader (if you are new to reading blogs, I encourage you to use an RSS Reader such as Google Reader) and enjoy hearing what other mothers, volunteers, professionals and the general public are saying. Many of my colleagues expressed that they enjoyed reading blogs as well but were a bit unsure about where to go to find the ones being most accessed by breastfeeding mothers.

What are your favorite breastfeeding blogs?  Where are the mothers you support telling you they get their information? Here are some of my favorites * (in alphabetical order) and why I love them:

  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine:  Physicians, such as breastfeeding research Dr. Alison Stuebe, weigh in on current breastfeeding trends and “hot topics”.

    Best for Babes

  • Best for Babes:   Bests for Babes is a non-profit organization focused on addressing the “cultural, institutional and legal barriers to breastfeeding”.  I sometimes write for their “Celebrity News” section but my favorite posts are Tanya Lieberman’s series on the “Booby Traps”, those things in the breastfeeding process that a mom isn’t expecting and when she steps on them, everything blows up.  Doesn’t that feel familiar?
  • Breastfeeding Reporter:  Nancy Mohrbacher shares her insights on current breastfeeding issues.
  • Fearless Formula Feeder:  I am well aware that some will take issue with the addition of this blog to my list but I consider it essential reading for lactation consultants.  We must be very aware of how our message is perceived by many mothers and we must be willing to listen to the stories of those who have chosen/been forced down a different path than we would choose.
  • The Leaky Boob:  Jessica Martin-Weber is doing really innovative work in regards to reaching breastfeeding mothers through social media.  While her Facebook pageis where most of the magic happens, her blog is truly compassionate.

    The Leaky Boob

  • MamaMilkandMe: Written by Leigh Anne O’Connor, IBCLC (previously profiled in our “Clinicians in the Trenches” series)  in Manhattan.  I so enjoy her perspective, not only on her practice, but also on her own experience as a breastfeeding mother.
  • Mammals Suck: Katie Hinde is a professor of Evolutionary Biology at Harvard and Director of the Comparative Lactation Laboratory.  I particularly enjoy her scientific perspective along side humor.
  • Milky Way: Milk sharing, through organizations such as Eats on Feets and Human Milk 4 Human Babies has become a very “hot topic” in our field.  This blog shares the stories of those mothers who are currently either donating or receiving donor milk through milk sharing.
  • Motherwear: This is the very FIRST breastfeeding blog I ever read.  Tanya Lieberman, IBCLC writes for breastfeeding mothers, interpreting new research and breastfeeding news in an accessible way.
  • Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress

    Normal, like Breathing: Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC share her wisdom and insight on her blog.  I particularly enjoyed her recent posts about breastfeeding beyond infancy.

  • PhD in Parenting: Another “must read” in my book, Annie Urban covers a variety of parenting topics and often talks about breastfeeding and specifically the WHO code.
  • Postpartum Progress:  A fantastic blog about mental health issues surrounding pregnancy and birth.
  • San Diego Breastfeeding Center:  Robin Kaplan, former co-editor of this blog, has really been a standout in using her blog to build her lactation consulting private practice.
Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list but just a taste of what is available.  I add new blogging voices to my reader all the time and have found that they contribute greatly to my practice.  

* These blogs are my personal favorites, not those endorsed by ILCA.  Obviously, being located in the United States gives me a bias towards blogs authored there.

Do you have a favorite breastfeeding related blog not on this list?  Do you blog yourself?  What are the best breastfeeding blogs NOT based in the US? We’d love to know about it!  

Amber McCann, IBCLC

Amber McCann, IBCLC is a  board certified lactation consultant in private practice with Nourish Breastfeeding Support, just outside if Washington, DC and the co-editor of this blog.  She is particularly interested in connecting with mothers through social media channels and teaching others in her profession to do the same.  In addition to her work here, she has written for a number of other breastfeeding support blogs including The Leaky Boob and Best for Babes and served on the Communications Team for GOLD Conference . When she’s not furiously composing tweets (follow her at@iamambermccann) or updating her Facebook page, she’s probably snuggling with one of her three children or watching terrible reality TV. 

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43 Responses to Great Breastfeeding Blogs to Read!

  1. Robyn Roche-Paull, BS, IBCLC, LLLL 19 June 2012 at 10:31 #

    What a wonderful list of breastfeeding blogs! I’d like to add my blog (and website) which is specifically aimed at breastfeeding mothers serving in the military, and discusses the many unique challenges that they face every day when Giving the Breast for Baby and Country. Check it out at http://www.breastfeedingincombatboots.com/blog

  2. borstdebasis 19 June 2012 at 12:15 #

    Thank you for your list! I know and follow most of them already. I do blog on my own site, where I mostly talk about things new parents will meet on their breastfeeding journey. I like to address the peer community around new parents as well, and give my thoughts on newly published research and what’s hot in the media.

  3. borstdebasis 19 June 2012 at 12:17 #

    I forgot to mention: I blog in Dutch, as I live in the Netherlands: http://www.borstvoedingdebasis.nl

  4. Susan 19 June 2012 at 12:29 #

    Thanls! Always good to find more great blogs, especially about breastfeeding. My blog has a lot of breastfeeding related posts too.

  5. Amber McCann, IBCLC 19 June 2012 at 12:35 #

    I will be writing a follow-up post to this one and will be glad to include all of your blogs!

    • Glenni Lorick, IBCLC 27 June 2014 at 13:34 #

      Amber, this is a terrific list. I already read a lot of these, but you have included some I didn’t read. I would love for you to include mine, too anurturingmoment.blogspot.com

    • Lejla 28 September 2015 at 09:40 #

      I am a breastfeeding mom of two boys. I breastfed my older son (who is now 3,5 uears old) for two years and am very proud of it. My baby is now 6 months and I am exclusively breastfeeding him too and planning on doing until his second birthday. I love breastfeeding and the bond that it helps creat between me and my kids.
      Last night I happen to be in a company of a working mom with 2 kids and a mom whose career is almost everything. When I started to breastfeed my baby she made such a big deal out of it in a bad way. She made me feel like I’m doing something noughty saying that she doesn’t want her kids to see me doing that and that I should cover myself and that she feels that it is something that you shouldn’t do infront of others. To be honest I never do it publicly. I always go to a different room, but I tought it was ok to do it infront of another woman especially someone who is a mom too. That made me feel so bad that I almost cried out loud like a baby.
      She also said that she sees many woman breastfeeding publicly and that she thinks that it could make some men horny (stupidest thing I’ve ever heard).
      What do you think? Was it really that bad that I tried to feed my baby like that?

  6. Robin Kaplan 19 June 2012 at 15:38 #

    Thanks so much for including my blog on this list!!! It has truly been a labor of love:) I follow most of these wonderful blogs already, but can’t wait to add the rest to my blog roll and to my google reader!

  7. Katie Hinde 19 June 2012 at 18:09 #

    Thanks for showcasing the blogs you read on this topic, such a great resource to have them aggregated together. And I am so pleased to learn that you appreciate Mammals Suck! It has been such an incredible learning experience for me, and such a great way to get the science out to a broader audience. Thank you for letting me know that its working. Warmly, Katie

  8. Jennifer cooper 19 June 2012 at 20:46 #

    My favorite breastfeeding blog is: milkfriendly by Maryam Fortuna…..shows you milkfriendly ways to nurse and still dress like you want. So helpful, fun, and real!

  9. Mary 19 June 2012 at 20:46 #

    Not so much a blog as a compendium, but Kellymom.com is essential breastfeeding reading!

  10. Parker 19 June 2012 at 20:54 #

    Agree with Mary, I was surprised Kellymom.com wasn’t on the list, even though I guess it’s technically not a blog. But it saved me in the first year of breastfeeding!

  11. Mel (MilkChic Breastfeeding Fashion) 19 June 2012 at 22:58 #

    Definitely agree about Kellymom. I also love Analytical Armadillo (www.analyticalarmadillo.co.uk) and Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths (mythnomore.blogspot.com). I’d love to add my blog about breastfeeding friendly fashion at MilkChic.co.uk/blog to the list too!

  12. KrissyFair 25 June 2012 at 22:44 #

    I’d have to throw in a vote for http://www.milkjunkies.net
    It’s written by transgender Dad who breastfeeds his son in spite of having had breast surgery. It’s a really unique perspective and great proof that the success of a breastfeeding relationship is not solely determined by milk supply.

  13. wolfsmommy 26 July 2012 at 00:00 #

    I have a breastfeeding blog: http://www.nursinginpublic.com

    My goal is to empower women to breastfeed in public. I think feeling restricted to nursin in private is one of the biggest barriers woken face today when it comes to breastfeeding. I want women to know that not only is it their legally protected human right to nurse in public, but that they are ethically & morally entitled to do so as well. Being able to breastfeed in public is critical to the success of breastfeeding.

    My site contains lots of information about Breastfeeding, how & why women nurse in public & resources on how to successfully nurse in public, as well as links to useful sites (many listed in this article!) and breastfeeding how-tos.

  14. Amy 11 September 2012 at 05:08 #

    Love this Blog – we’ve just tweeted it and added it to our facebook group! Lots of really great boggers to follow. We hope you don’t mind us mentioning our blog too 😉 which you can find here:

    http://www.boobyboutique.co.uk/blogs/news

  15. Jacky 11 September 2012 at 15:52 #

    I also have a breastfeeding blog called http://www.mummiesnummies.com. I LOVE seeing so many breastfeeding blogs that help so MANY mummies!

  16. Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, CLE 26 November 2012 at 23:05 #

    Thank you for this great list!

  17. Susan Last (Lonely Scribe) 30 November 2012 at 05:55 #

    Some great new blogs for me to check out here, thank you for this list! I’d like to add my blog http://thethoughtfulpublisher.blogspot.co.uk – where I mostly blog about breastfeeding, although I do touch on other birth and book related topics too.

  18. Temeka 25 December 2012 at 07:40 #

    Hello, all is going well here and ofcourse every one is sharing data, that’s really good, keep up writing.

  19. Wendy Wisner 10 January 2013 at 14:38 #

    Great post! I love many of these blogs and I love seeing so many amazing women writing about breastfeeding. The more good information that’s out there for new moms, the better. I am an IBCLC with a new blog: http://www.nursememama.com.

  20. crummymummy1 30 January 2013 at 09:44 #

    In response to your appeal for breast feeding blogs outside the US: I’m a breast feeding mum in Hove, East Sussex in the UK and just started my blog http://www.confessionsofacrummymummy.wordpress.com as I prepare to stop breast feeding my 17 month old daughter. It’s about breast feeding, but also about being a first time mummy. Please add me to your list!

  21. howtoprayinislam 8 October 2013 at 21:42 #

    I love this breastfeeding blogs list! I love to add one, check it out. https://www.facebook.com/GizipadaIbuMenyusui

  22. BlairCreekmore 25 October 2013 at 15:21 #

    Reblogged this on Nursing Moms on the Rise.

  23. Sandra 10 December 2013 at 16:52 #

    Thank you for the valuable advice, I’m actually breastfeeding twins and what’s helping me a lot to increase my breast milk supply is Healthy Nursing Tea from secretsoftea.com and the taste is great.I thought I will share this with breastfeeding moms, hopefully it helps.

  24. melissamarbourgh 11 March 2014 at 12:10 #

    These blogs are excellent! Thank you for a great resource!

  25. Lorry Watkins 15 April 2014 at 16:35 #

    A new blog by May Bunik MD, MSPH, FABM, FAAP: Breastfeeding Mangement: Its o much mor than just the latch.

  26. Betty H. Greenman 19 June 2014 at 10:30 #

    Betty H. Greenman, IBCLC, Thank you for sharing your favorite blogs. I have had a website for the Houston, Texas area for four years and my blogs get anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 people looking at it worldwide every month. I have a private practice and love helping my new moms learn everything and anything about breastfeeding . Please visit my website. It has been a labor of love and I spend a great deal writing great articles. My website address is: http:www.breastfeedingwithlove.com Have a blessed day.

  27. mommabeartrax 27 June 2014 at 15:54 #

    Awesome! This is a great list. I’d like to mention my blog, which is about breastfeeding but also all things parenthood and family life(even date night ideas)- might just make it as part of your list 🙂 http://themilkmemoirs.wordpress.com/

  28. Alisha 23 July 2014 at 09:12 #

    http://uncgbls.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/babys-hungry/
    Love love love this post!!!

  29. Laurie 15 August 2014 at 19:39 #

    Help! My baby would never take to the boob so I started expressing. My nipples became sore, cracked and bled so I stopped for a few days. When I next tried, my milk supply was so low it wasn’t enough for my new born. Now I really want to get my milk supply back (my baby will be 5 weeks tomorrow) I have been told I can but will take a lot of time and effort. I’m wondering what breast pump is best to use. I’m thinking of hiring a hospital electric pump. Any suggestions?

  30. Rehana Nurul Amin 3 November 2014 at 00:17 #

    This was my exact experience.

  31. lactationmatters 18 November 2014 at 20:14 #

    Thanks to all for your comments and suggestions of blogs and websites!

    A friendly reminder of our community policy, which does not allow for sharing blogs or websites here that are selling items (including human milk). We’ve removed a comment for that reason.

    For a complete copy of ILCA’s Community Guidelines, click here: http://www.ilca.org/files/inside_ilca/ILCA_Community_Guidelines.pdf

    As always, please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

  32. john 31 March 2015 at 05:43 #

    I am a breast feeding convert, I watched and helped my wife as much as i could struggle through the early weeks and months of it. I am so grateful she was persistent because it is hands down the best for baby and mom.

  33. Pen 16 April 2015 at 09:06 #

    Thanks for all of your breastfeeding blog tips. I have just added a post on breastfeeding. You can find it at: http://www.thesingleswan.com – My desire to breastfeed eclipsed the sun

  34. Nayantara | MommyingbabyT 7 July 2017 at 17:47 #

    Breastfeeding has been a blessing for us. And through my blog I talk about my experiences and hope to inspire other moms to believe in themselves and breastfeed. My blog link is http://mommyingbabyt.com/category/breastfeeding/

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