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Why it’s important to be selective about who you trust

Breastfeeding in the information age is a blessing and it’s a curse. As moms, we have access to some amazing online resources, but the sheer volume of content out there can be tough to navigate. The first instinct for new moms especially may be to stalk the internet for answers, at which point you are going to get a swath of opinions and misinformation. The question is, who can you trust to get you the right information?

Once your baby arrives, those hypothetical scenarios you may have heard about—sore nipples, clogged ducts, different nursing positions—could quickly become reality. Our favorite digital resources are KellyMom and La Leche League. These websites are run by very experienced women and IBCLCs. They don’t fear monger and are based on scientific evidence, which makes them additionally reliable. Any information you are looking for, you can find on those sites.

Our very own Bumpy Road blog covers a wide variety of topics, especially catering to working and pumping moms. We are always on standby to answer questions and have expert answers directly from international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) on a range of topics like breastfeeding after a c-section or premature delivery, navigating the first days of nursing and pumping, maximizing milk production, and more. These IBCLCs have answers to all those common breastfeeding questions that pretty much every mom has (we’ve been there, too!).

The beauty of breastfeeding is that you get to trust your body and your instincts—something that is contradictory to parenting in an age where we Google just about everything. Trust yourself, listen to your gut, and know that your body was made for this. Your experience may be completely different than another person’s, so be wary of comparing yourself to other bloggers or influencers who may be taking a different path.

The most important thing to know is that you don’t have to go through the challenges and successes of breastfeeding alone. The women behind Ashland Women’s Health are moms, too, so we’re here to provide support, guidance, supplies or resources to help you along the way. Whatever your breastfeeding needs, Ashland is here to help. Use our blog as a resource, reach out to our team, and tap into the vast support system you’ve got on your side.