It's 2:00 am, week 2 post delivery, and you are up breastfeeding again. You think- "How long is this going to last?" "Will I ever get a good night's sleep again?" "Someone please tell me this is normal and I am going to be Ok!"
Can Facebook help meet the needs of Breastfeeding Women?
Many IBCLCs might cringe at the thought. But the truth is that many women are already using Facebook for Peer Support, and according toPewResearch, Facebook is where our clients hang out. 7 of 10 adults use Facebook for news and information, and 7 in 10 of those are on Facebook every day. 3/4 of all women use Facebook! If we want to meet our clients where they are, Facebook starts to look pretty good! Our job is to make sure our Facebook pages include evidence based information and links to local resources.
"In addition to providing support for breastfeeding mothers, the use of social media may also influence breastfeeding attitudes, breastfeeding norms and self efficacy for breastfeeding. One study found that exposure to informational messages on breastfeeding pages on Facebook led to pro-breastfeeding attitudes."