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The Doula Fairy’s Magical Resources
Here are my favorite online resources for new parents. I provide specific local resources & referrals to each of my client and this is only the partial of my large list. Feel free to contact me for further info!
It’s free ! Highly recommended for anyone who is wondering how babywearing works. “A not-for-profit, volunteer led babywearing group with over 20 monthly meetings in the Los Angeles area. Drop in for help, try a wide variety of carriers and make new friends!” Check out their Facebook page for their most up-to-date schedules.
“the largest, most comprehensive directory of babywearing resources near you. We’re dedicated to helping you find the guidance you need, so that more babies (and caregivers) can experience the magic that is babywearing.“
La Leche League
Lots of evidence-based resources and non-judgmental, warm support on everything about breastfeeding & human milk. “La Leche League was formed in 1956, in Franklin Park, IL by a group of seven mothers who wanted to provide breastfeeding help and support to interested women.“ Now the chapters are all over the world and they hold monthly free meetings and events. Members are so welcoming and knowledgeable individuals. You can reach out to chapter leaders for any questions and challenges on breastfeeding as well. Here are some local chapters in LA & OC. I found that the best way to get the up-to-date info is thru each chapter’s Facebook page.
South Bay: https://www.facebook.com/LLLRB/
West OC: www.westoclll.com
South OC : http://www.southoclll.org/
Central OC: https://www.facebook.com/groups/232098163580491/
Greater Long Beach: https://www.facebook.com/groups/350904188314181/
Greater Los Angeles: https://www.facebook.com/groups/572612269457232/
Kelly mom – Parenting and Breastfeeding
This is a very useful, go-to breastfeeding and parenting guide on so many various topics! This website is packed with information and education that is evidence-based. Developed by Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).
Aeroflow Breast Pumps
Did you know a breastpump is a medical device that can be covered by your insurance? Just by filling the online forms, they can arrange it for you without you going thru your insurance. Hassle free breastpump rental! Depending on your insurance, some even covered replacements parts!
Human Milk 4 Human Babies
Private breastmilk sharing site. If you are thinking of donating your milk to help other local babies in need, check out their guidelines first.
Eats on Feets
Another site for private breastmilk sharing. Please read the rules before donating.
Check out the beautiful Lean-back Nursing technique video explained by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA and Dr. Theresa Nesbitt, MD. Infants are born to feel calm on their tummy down on nursing parents. This video shows how natural and relaxed breastfeeding can be using with this position.
The LactMed® database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Type your prescription or over-the-counter medication to find out how it effects on nursing.
Postpartum Support International
Non-profit organization to help new parents with perinatal mood disorders and baby blues. Maternal mental health training and educations are available as well. You can find your local PSI coordinator who you can talk to get specific resources such as support groups and healthcare professionals.
PSI Helpline: 1-800-944-4773
Or Text English: 503-894-9453/ Español: 971-420-0294
Article: Evidence-based Birth –The Evidence for Skin-to-Skin After a Cesarean
Evidence-based article about the benefit and facts on skin-to-skin after a surgical birth. This site is created by Dr. Rebecca Dekker, RN PhD and filled with very educational and empowering information for new parents!
Article/Video : Breastsleeping – New World Old Concept by DONA International
Must read and watch! Dr. James McKenna, PhD is one of the leading experts/researchers on mother-infant co-sleeping in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS. He explains the science and benefit of “breastsleeping” on his video “Co-Sleeping With Infants: Science, Public Policy, and Parents Civil Rights.”
Article: 6 Infant Sleep Myths Debunked by Moorea Malatt
Infants sleep very differently than adults and that’s why first few months are especially hard! Sleep is the one hot topic between new parents. A gentle sleep consultant Moorea Malatt, CLEC, CPD (DONA), CLC, explains the myths of infant sleep and how to tackle them.
Video: Attach Your Baby To The Breast
Must-see for new nursing parents! Very clear and easy-to-understand very basic breastfeeding guide to new parents using actual babies and moms. Global Health Media Project creates wonderful educational videos using actual people and translated in many different languages.