CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Becoming a parent can be intimidating, but there is good news for North Carolina mothers as they’ll now have a new resource to guide them through the process.
The state recently launched breastfeednc.com, which provides everything from support groups to advice.
Something as simple as a yogurt can be a healthy way to replenish your body after giving birth. Dietitian and mother Reatna Taylor says it’s something new moms might not know.
"By making sure to eat and make sure those foods are nutritious and are nourishing for your body, that will also nourish your baby, is super important," Taylor said.
As many of us know, there's no guide book to being a parent, and breastfeeding is something that doesn’t come right away the first time you try it.
"You think you’re going to be a cow when you first latch the baby, and then it doesn’t happen, and you think in your head, 'I'm not giving enough milk, I need to give them formula,'" Taylor explained.
Taylor believes there's a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to breastfeeding, but now with the new website, she believes that could change.
"It's natural but it's not easy, and a lot of times we just have a lot of misinformation. We don't have a lot of familiarity around it, so having something that talks about each section, talking about food in relation to breastfeeding medications that you're taking is a resource that we can share, that also has Spanish language on there as well," Taylor said.
In the Hispanic community, Taylor says, there’s not a ton of knowledge on the topic, which leaves mothers who speak Spanish in a state of confusion when already navigating motherhood.
"It makes it kind of hard because it might be something culturally that they're used to doing in their home countries, but here, it's not as widely known or open. So, I have noticed that there are a lot of resources available, but not always relatable to the Latino market," said Taylor.
According to the site, breastfeeding can reduce ovarian cancer, breast cancer and Type 2 diabetes.
Taylor hopes this resource gives mothers the extra tool they need to be the best mom possible, no matter what language they speak.
"I just really hope it provides moms with a sense of confidence that they can do it, and that there's a community around them that will help them, if it doesn’t come easy to them," Taylor explained.
And don't worry, dads, there is even a tab for you on the site for all of your parent-related questions.