A Hashtag You’ll Want to Know About // For the Mamas // Nursing Support Group

A place for mothers to go late at night. Every night, a different topic is discussed!

I was sitting in our bed last week, tears rolling down my face as our little Ellie tried to latch on for the 20th time. Nursing at night can be a very isolating place and a place that most mothers in the first few weeks, start to dread. You’re up all night, eyes stinging, nipples bleeding, and nowhere to go for comfort. You feel alone. So very alone.

I knew this was going to happen, because it happened the first time around. We had trouble latching and it made breastfeeding so incredibly miserable for me for the first few weeks. It was excruciatingly painful to latch my baby on and it was EXHAUSTING. The pain, the no sleep, the tears….

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This time around I knew I had to do something different. I got involved with a lactation consultant right away so that I correct the issues and I have been trying SO hard to nurse myself back to health (and I am happy to say we are almost there!) I wanted to create a community for people like myself. The ones who feel alone and lost at 3 am. I wanted everyone to have a place to go. To talk. To cry. To make it feel a lot less lonely. Post partum depression stems from so many different things. Hormones. Loneliness. I wanted these late nights to turn into a place where we can come together and encourage each other to stick it out. To ask questions. To provide a shoulder for others to cry on. To provide wisdom. advice.

I created the #latenightnursingfeed on Instagram. I post once per night abut a topic and it is here that we can come together and share what we know or what we don’t know…

A place where we are a community of mothers, doing the best damn job that we can.

A place where you don’t have to feel vulnerable.

A place of support and comfort when you may need it most.

I am actually crying as I write this because I have already received so many emails and comments about how this has helped many mothers. This is EXACTLY what I wanted to do and I am beyond happy that I can provide this for you all.

So, please join us – or you can even just read along on a nightly basis…

#latenightnursingfeed

Other great resources for moms:

GENERAL // Things I Wish I Knew Before Our Baby Arrived (Written by over 50 other mothers!) //  What to Bring a Mom after she has a Baby // New Mama Must-Haves // How to Transition from a Bottle to a Sippy Cup // Why you Should Hire a Birth Photographer // What I’ve Learned as a Mom Thus Far

BREASTFEEDING // Best Foods to Eat while Breastfeeding // Nursing Essentials // 10 Tips for those that Plan to Breastfeed // Nursing Essentials II // How to Increase your Milk Supply including a recipe for Lactation Cookies!

BABY REGISTRY GUIDES // Baby Registry List AND Free Printable Checklist  // The Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist // 

FOR AFTER BABY // A Letter to My Postpartum Body // 10 of the Best Online Kids Shops // 30 Going on 13: A Tale of Postpartum Puberty //

& don’t forget to join in on the #latenightnursingfeed!

25 Comments

  1. October 22, 2015 / 10:38 am

    Oh this is a neat idea. Thanks for coming up with it.

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    October 22, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    I remember those nights. It is so nice that you built a space for moms up in the middle of the night to connect over feeding.

  3. October 22, 2015 / 4:18 pm

    I think a support group for any group of mothers is great. Whether we’re nursing or not, we need other moms to lean on.

  4. October 22, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    What a neat idea! I’m sure there are lots of moms out there that are very grateful for this!

  5. October 22, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    I give a lot of credit to the woman that can breast feed. I had kids that just could not latch and were not getting the right amount of nutrients but I tried!

  6. October 22, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    What an awesome idea! I sure would have loved something like this when mine were younger.

  7. October 22, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    How amazing that you can touch people’s lives like that!

  8. October 22, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    We have all been there with you girl! Telling your story helps all of us not to feel alone! Keep writing!

  9. Carly
    October 22, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    I love this idea!

  10. October 22, 2015 / 11:50 pm

    This is such an amazing idea. I have lots of nursing mama friends right now.

  11. October 23, 2015 / 2:05 am

    This is such a fantastic idea! Being a nursing mother myself I can totally relate!

  12. October 23, 2015 / 10:42 am

    I can totally relate. We had trouble latching with my first born. By the time that she gets it, she’s already too tired and will just sleep. It was very frustrating. Glad that you have a support group to help you.

  13. October 23, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    It would be nice to have a group of Moms who shared the same thing. I wwish I have a group like that when my first born came, I felt so alone.

  14. October 23, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    What a great idea. I had a friend who had a lot of trouble with latching too. She was so upset. She was thankful to join a program where women donated their breast milk to those in need.

  15. October 23, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    I remember when i was starting to breastfeed my first born and it was not going well. The frustration is terrible. I will have to follow this hashtag. It is a great way to support each other.

  16. October 23, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    This is an awesome idea! I can imagine there are tons of mothers who need a support system like this!

  17. October 23, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    oh what a beautiful baby!!!

    i can totally relate–though my first had the most perfect latch. my 2nd? not so much but like you, we worked through it. a community of support makes the impossible seem feasible and kudos to you for creating that instead of giving up!

  18. Rosey
    October 24, 2015 / 5:59 am

    My daughter in law joined a support group and she loved it. She still takes her baby girl now, and the little one is two. She’s almost weaned but still nurses once in the eve. before bed.

  19. October 25, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    wow! what a great idea! Im sure lots of people can relate!

  20. October 25, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    Oh how I have been there. The pain is UNFORGETTABLE! I love that you created this hashtag for support for yourself and for others. My heart goes out to you guys.

    And your sweet baby is darling!

  21. October 25, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    I know nothing about breastfeeding, but I think it was a lovely idea to create a community for mamas in need of support. I bet it will help a lot of people.

  22. October 25, 2015 / 11:42 pm

    I love finding ways to connect with people over hashtags. What a wonderful way for nursing moms to get to know each other.

  23. November 3, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Hi guys, I am a new parent and I am desperately to get my three month little one to sleep longer during night. Right now I’m fortunate to get four hours rest each night. Best wishes

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