It’s World Breastfeeding Week! If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you know that I am an advocate of breastfeeding. In my post of Breastfeeding Products Must Haves, I list several things that have helped me during nursing. In all honesty, some of these things seem more luxuriant than necessary. BUT, when you are nursing for the first time and completely anxious about it or are having a challenging time, these products are quite helpful.
We all know that accessories are not cheap. Here are a few places where I have found FREE resources and accessories.
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- Local library – you can find many books about breastfeeding at your local library. I know it’s kind of old school, but unlike your mobile phone, you don’t need wifi to read books. Books won’t eat up your mobile minutes either. If you must read electronically, some books are probably available for e-readers. You can also borrow books for free from Amazon for Kindles.
- Online – there are so many websites dedicated to breastfeeding that it can make your head spin. Word of caution: please find one that speaks to you and doesn’t make you feel like you’re a horrible mother (or social support). There are many websites that intend to be helpful, but can sometimes alienate some people because of their message.
- Local La Leche League – La Leche League International has local support groups that meet regularly. Check the LLLI website to find a location near you.
- Family & friends – I know this seems like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, there are many who don’t have people in their lives who can dispense advice and suggestions or who are supportive of breastfeeding. For those of us who do, the (solicited or unsolicited) advice and suggestions that our inner circle provides can be quite helpful.
- Freecycle.org – I can not tell you how much I love this site. I have actually given away many baby and mom items through freecycle.org.
- Blogs – I’m sure this comes as no surprise. This time of year, bloggers all over are working hard to promote companies that make nursing products. A quick Google search should come up with several current giveaways. I also go to giveaway directories (see the right sidebar for a list) to look for very specific giveaways.
- Nursing companies – some nursing companies give away stuff. All you have to do if pay for shipping or other charges. Nursingpillow.com is offering free nursing pillows and Udder Covers™ is offering free nursing covers until September 17, 2013. Enter code: ENBABY at checkout for both. You can get one for yourself or for someone else as a baby shower gift. Medela is offering a breastmilk bottle. You do need to register on their site to receive this offer. Bamboobies & Avent offer free nursing pads. I think Bamboobies is for a limited time only. You can call Avent to request a sample of their nursing pads.
- Insurance company – The Affordable Care Act has made it mandatory for insurance companies to cover breastfeeding supplies, free of charge or cost sharing. Each provider will have their own policy as to what they will cover. This is what is covered for Blue Shield, Aetna, and Cigna. Contact your insurance company to find out what breastfeeding supplies are free.
Where do you go for free breastfeeding information? Do you know of other places where mothers can get free nursing supplies or accessories? Please leave a comment. I’d love to add more to this list.