Choosing to breastfeed is a big commitment for a mom, and receiving some much-needed and well-deserved support for this undertaking can truly aid in the success of her nursing experience. Over the past few years, many women have been working to normalize breastfeeding by posting pictures of themselves nursing their babies and taking a stand in public places that have shamed the practice. Although these efforts are change-making, you don't need to organize a sit-in breastfeeding session to show breastfeeding moms you have their back. Sometimes expressing your support means taking on little things to do to help a breastfeeding mom.
If you have a woman in your life who is breastfeeding a child, you have probably seen (or heard her talk about) how much time, energy, and emotion is wrapped up in the process. For me, breastfeeding was only mildly successful, which made me feel like my body had failed to do something is was designed to perform. However, with the love and support of family and friends, I was able to make peace with my experience and not feel judged.
Use these 11 ideas of little things you can do to help out a mom who's breastfeeding, because she will appreciate all your efforts of support.