Natural Parenting and Breastfeeding Facebook Communities

December 15th, 2010 by Dionna | 19 Comments
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I was flattered that a reader nominated Code Name: Mama’s Facebook fan page for Babble’s “favorite FB fan pages for parents.”1 I was even more excited to see the large number of both natural parenting and breastfeeding fan pages nominated. But since Babble isn’t the best mouthpiece for breastfeeding supporters or natural parents, I decided to compile a list of these fan pages myself.

Below are some of the many Facebook fan pages available for parents looking for communities that celebrate natural parenting and breastfeeding topics. The fact that these pages are on this list does not constitute my personal endorsement, you will have to decide for yourself if each community is a good fit for you.2

Please let me know if I missed a great natural parenting or breastfeeding community, and please share this post with friends who are natural parenting and/or breastfeeding advocates. Let’s celebrate the communities that share great parenting information without supporting a website that disrespects our NP/BF’ing goals.3

The first link is to the main website (if applicable), the Facebook fan page is in parentheses. Descriptions are copied/pasted from either the fan page or the site itself where possible.4

Natural Parenting Communities

All About Cloth Diapers (Facebook fan page): AACD’s mission is to provide the information necessary to make cloth diapering easy for any family.

An EDD Is an Estimated Due Date Not an Expiration Date (Facebook fan page): A community of people who believe that babies should arrive on their own schedule (in normal pregnancies).

As Nature Intended (Facebook fan page): Genital Integrity, Breastfeeding, Natural Birthing, Natural Living, Gentle Parenting. We are a NOCIRC Center.

Ask Dr. Sears (Facebook fan page): Drs. Bill and Martha Sears and family offer many articles, books, and other resources for parents practicing/interested in attachment parenting.

Attachment Parenting (Facebook fan page): A community of parents practicing/interested in attachment parenting.

Attachment Parenting International (Facebook fan page): API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful, and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world.

Authentic Parenting (Facebook fan page): A place where like-minded parents can gather to discuss living organically and peacefully with their children, and to swap information for making informed choices.

Babes in Arms (Facebook fan page): We find joy as parents from holding our baby close and following our instincts. We want to keep our life simple by minimising “baby gadgets” and give our daughter what she most needs – us! The freedom that babywearing offers has had great positive impacts for our family life.

Birth Sense (Facebook fan page): The mission of Birth Sense is to provide a common-sense contrast to the fear-based childbirth information that is so prevalent today. Birth Sense strives to empower women to believe in their intuitive ability to give birth normally.

Birth Without Fear (Facebook fan page): A safe place for mamas (and papas) to discuss what has worked for them to let go of their fears and for women who want to learn how to do so as well!

Bring Birth Home (Facebook fan page): Empowering and educating women about the choice to birth at home.

Code Name: Mama (Facebook fan page): Dionna shares information, resources, and her thoughts on natural parenting and life with a toddler/preschooler. She is passionate about issues regarding attachment parenting, breastfeeding (particularly breastfeeding beyond infancy), RIC, and gentle discipline.

Connected Mom (Facebook fan page): The Connected Mom is a pro-AP and natural parenting blog. It’s all about breastfeeding, co-sleeping, babywearing, eco-friendly living and more.

Cosleeping, Breastfeeding Insomniacs (Facebook fan page): A support group for mamas who are sleepy nursing machines.

Crunchy Mommas International (Facebook fan page): This page is a location of empowerment for the crunchiest of mommas ~ or those who aspire to be just a bit more granola.

Dr. Tenpenny on Vaccines (Facebook fan page): Dr. Tenpenny’s larger mission is to deliver credible, reliable information little reported in the mainstream media, combined with practical tips for natural health and healing.

Earthy Motherhood (Facebook fan page): Dedicated to natural pregnancy, birth and labour choices; attachment parenting, vaccination, alternative choices, awareness of social issues and questioning the beliefs we have been indoctrinated with from birth.

Gentle Christian Mothers (Facebook fan page): Gentle Christian Mothers was born out a desire to help unite mothers who believe that God has given mamas a mothering instinct and whose hearts’ desire is to nurture our children gently. GCM provides safe place to grow and learn along with other like-minded mothers who love the Lord.

Heal Thyself (Facebook fan page): The mission of Heal Thyself is to empower families to use the wisdom of traditional foods and natural healing.

Hobo Mama (Facebook fan page): A natural parenting blog where Lauren advocates for breastfeeding, natural birth, babywearing, cloth diapering, elimination communication, gentle discipline, attachment parenting, and all the usual suspects.

Holistic Moms Network (Facebook fan page): The Holistic Moms Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. We encourage moms to trust their instincts, parent from the heart, use their innate sense of what is best for their children, live in balance with the Earth, and learn about the pros and cons of all healthcare and parenting options.

I gave birth at home. Not brave. Not Crazy. Just educated. (Facebook fan page): This is a place to share information concerning home birth and related topics, as well as personal experiences, victories and struggles.

Informed Citizens Against Vaccination (Facebook fan page): The mission of ICAV is to present the opposing perspective of vaccinations to the general public. We believe all parents should become educated on the topic of vaccinations from all perspectives and use that information to formulate their own opinion on whether to vaccinate, not vaccinate, or selectively vaccinate.

Innate Motherhood (Facebook fan page): Innate Motherhood is a comprehensive and informational directory about pregnancy, birthing, best practices in parenting, and family wellness. Our website contains thousands of links to articles, stories, websites, and research based information on topics ranging from natural child-birth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, healthy eating, attachment parenting, to chiropractic, vaccines and autism.

Job Description: Mommy (Facebook fan page): A blog for holistic, natural, AP, and eco-conscious families, and for those wanting to learn more!

Mama Eve – Your Natural Parenting Resource (Facebook fan page): I’m a mama, advocating for informed choice. I blog to share what I discover and how it’s changed me and my parenting.

Mothering Magazine (Facebook fan page): Mothering Magazine addresses contemporary health, personal, environmental, medical, and lifestyle issues in an upbeat, intelligent, compassionate, and courageous way.

Natural Parents Network (Facebook fan page): Natural Parents Network is a community of natural-minded parents and parents-to-be where you will be informed, empowered, and inspired.

National Vaccine Information Center (Facebook fan page): The National Vaccine Information Center is dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to defending the informed consent ethic.

No Cry Sleep Solution Books (Facebook fan page): Advice, solutions, links and books about parenting. Raise children with love, compassion, respect and consistency and learn to be a confident and joyful parent.

NOCIRC (Facebook fan page): The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers provides information to expectant parents, healthcare professionals, and the general public about non-therapeutic circumcision, genital integrity, and human rights.

Parents Against Babywise (Facebook fan page): Parents against Gary Ezzo’s parenting books (including Babywise, Toddlerwise, Preparation For Parenting, Growing Kids God’s Way, etc.). You do not have to subscribe to any one particular method of parenting to join this group, just be in agreement that Gary Ezzo and his wife have created an unhealthy and unkind method of parenting that has unfortunately spread throughout our culture.

peaceful parenting (Facebook fan page): To provide a location for the sharing of research and ideas that empower mothers and fathers in their quest for baby-friendly parenting.

PhD in Parenting (Facebook fan page): Exploring the art and science of parenting.

Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond (Facebook fan page): This page was created for the purpose of providing information about positive parenting, tips and techniques that may be helpful throughout each stage of childhood, and support for all positive parents.

Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children (Facebook fan page): For people, parents and family and friends of unvaccinated children and adults.

Purejoy Parenting (Facebook fan page): A joy based model of parenting based on deepening relationship with your child instead of controlling behavior.

Saving Our Sons (Facebook fan page): SOS’s mission is to provide research-based information and materials to parents, health professionals, and educators.

SortaCrunchy (Facebook fan page): A community of like-minded people discussing all things natural living and the fine art of mothering.

Sustainable Mothering (Facebook fan page): Jake Aryeh Marcus’s blog about Mothering as a Human and Civil Right.

TEACH Through Love (Facebook fan page): Transforming the Emotional Abuse of Children is a child advocacy organization and educational resource promoting compassionate communication and non-punitive discipline.

Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute (Facebook fan page): The Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute provides parents and other concerned people with educational resources enabling them to make more informed vaccine decisions. Thinktwice encourages an uncensored exchange of vaccine information, and supports every family’s right to accept or reject vaccines.

Transformative Parenting (Facebook fan page): Transformative Parenting offers parent support services based on the best of developmental psychology and attachment theory.

Unconditional Parenting (Facebook fan page): This is a group to discuss the principles of Alfie Kohn’s Unconditional Parenting and advocacy of gentle parenting.

The Unnecessarean (Facebook fan page): The Unnecesarean is a patient advocacy Web site that pulls back the curtain on the practice of prophylactic cesarean surgery for suspected fetal macrosomia and illuminates the experiences of women who have been harmed by the aggressive practice of defensive medicine. The site provides information about preventing an unnecessary cesarean and resources for making fully-informed decisions about childbirth while offering an irreverent take on the maternity care crisis in the United States and beyond.

Waterbirth International (Facebook fan page): We ensure that Waterbirth is an available option for all women in all birth settings.

The Whole Network (Facebook fan page): Our goal is to keep newborns WHOLE by providing accurate information about circumcision and the benefits of remaining intact.

Breastfeeding Communities

Analytical Armadillo (Facebook fan page): Breastfeeding, infant health & parenting thoughts.

Best for Babes (Facebook fan page): To help moms beat the booby traps – the cultural & institutional barriers that prevent moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals.

BestMilk Bistro (Facebook fan page): BestMilk Bistro is a Breastfeeding Moms Group which is free and open to nursing moms and babies of any age. We are about creating a culture of breastfeeding in which we celebrate the wonderful choice to give our babies the very Best!

Blacktating Blog (Facebook fan page): Breastfeeding news and views from a mom of color.

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots (Facebook fan page): The mission of Breastfeeding in Combat Boots is to create a community where military mothers can share experiences and find information and support to breastfeed their babies while serving in the military.

Breastfeeding Moms Unite! (Facebook fan page): Welcome to Breastfeeding Moms Unite! where you’ll find articles about breastfeeding (infants and older children), birth and attachment parenting, as well as vegetarian recipes. Come read, muse, be inspired, find support and ask questions.

Breastfeeding Older Children (Facebook fan page): I wrote BOC to defend children, support long-term breastfeeding women AND to educate health professionals about the realities of sustained breastfeeding.

Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths (Facebook fan page): I want to try to dispel some of the myths of breastfeeding which still exist in the popular press today.

Eats on Feets Global (Facebook fan page): This group is the home hub for “Eats On Feets GLOBAL,” the Facebook human milk sharing network now spanning the globe.

Hathor the Cow Goddess (Facebook fan page): Heather Cushman-Dowdee is a mother of four and the brains behind the activist comics Hathor the Cow Goddess and Mama-Is. She is a lactivist and wonderful inspiration to many.

Historic Photos & Prints of Breastfeeding (Facebook fan page): A collection of photos & art prints showing nursing mothers (many in public situations) to educate & inform people about the normalcy of breastfeeding in public. All photos & prints are publicly available through various libraries & repositories.

If Breastfeeding Offends You, Put a Blanket Over YOUR Head (Facebook fan page): Babies have a right to eat. Moms don’t need to hear stupid comments about how nursing in public is “gross,” or that they should put a blanket over the baby or go to a bathroom. If you don’t like it, put a blanket on YOUR head since you are the one with the problem.

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding (Facebook fan page): From leading midwife and the author of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth comes this deeply compassionate and comprehensive guide to making breastfeeding a joyful experience for both mother and child.

kellymom: (Facebook fan page): The KellyMom Parenting Community supports breastfeeding and gentle, empathic parenting practices. We aim to provide a supportive, caring place for parents to come and interact as well as research based parenting and breastfeeding advice.

La Leche League International (Facebook fan page): LLLI’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

The Leaky Boob (Facebook fan page): A Breastfeeding pub where we laugh, cry, share and provide information and support for breastfeeding moms everywhere. With a varied group of contributors, product reviews, anecdotes and hard facts we hope to show the world just how awesome breastfeeding can be.

Normal Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy (Facebook fan page): “Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy” is an independently produced hour long radio documentary. It features the voices of fourteen mothers and three experts on childhood nutrition.

The Normalizing Nursing in Public League (Facebook fan page): So many women are either unaware of their rights or shamed into feeding their children in unsafe ways because of societies negative views. It is our hope that the more normal we make it, the more accepted it will become by society and that maybe our daughters or granddaughters won’t need to hide.

NursingFreedom.org (Facebook fan page): The purpose of NursingFreedom.org is to provide resources for breastfeeding moms, moms-to-be, and others who support natural feeding, and to normalize breastfeeding – anytime, anywhere.

Yes, I will Breastfeed My Baby, and Yes, I Will Do It Right Here (Facebook fan page): This page was created to join together fellow nursing mothers who are not afraid to feed their babies anywhere and everywhere!

  1. Babble already selected their favorite top 50 fan pages, these are all reader nominated.
  2. Remember, many natural parenting advocates practice the saying that you “take what works for you and leave the rest,” so you may find some communities do not practice every aspect of NP that you do. I am proud that the parents who participate on both Code Name: Mama’s, Natural Parents Network’s, and NursingFreedom’s Facebook fan pages embrace differences and engage in respectful debate. I hope that you will find more communities that do the same.
  3. I’d really like to limit this list to communities where people are really talking and sharing information. I’d like to avoid pages that are only used to post reviews, giveaways, or other links.
  4. Some pages did not have a description. If you are the site owner, please email me to modify the description I wrote.

19 Responses to:
"Natural Parenting and Breastfeeding Facebook Communities"

  1. Megan at SortaCrunchy   SortaCrunchy

    Oh WOW! Dionna! I though I had amassed quite a collection of favorite FB pages for like-minded living, but oh WOW. There are so many on this list I had not heard of. Thank you for collecting these! Bookmarking now.

  2. mamapoekie   mamapoekie

    What a great list! No to check if I ‘like’ all of them. Thanks for including me!

  3. mamapoekie   mamapoekie

    the first link (all about cloth) takes you to their website instead of the fanpage

  4. Melissa   vibreantwanderer

    Awesome list! Thank you, Dionna!

  5. Devan @ Accustomed Chaos   AccustomedChaos

    Great list of resources!!

  6. NurturedChild   NurturedChild

    Thanks for compiling this list! I’m having fun exploring the pages that are new to me. :)

  7. DBM   bfdboobies

    Thanks for such a valuable, comprehensive list – and THANKS for including us! :)

  8. Jessika Bailey   JobDescMommy

    Thank you, Dionna! You’re the best!

  9. I love this collection! I can’t believe how many I have already subscribed to! I would like to add my girl’s Angel’s facebook page called “Proud parents of Unvaccinated Children” found here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Proud-Parents-Of-Unvaccinated-Children/302370145808 She does an amazing job with the community and is completely inspiring.

    Thank you for this list. :)
    Love and Light,
    Lauryn

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      I will add that Lauryn, thank you!
      ETA: Oops – it’s already in there! Look under “Natural Parenting Communities,” everything is in alphabetical order!

  10. Annie @ PhD in Parenting   phdinparenting

    Great list Dionna. Thank you for compiling it.

  11. Samantha @ Mama Notes   MamaNotes

    thank you for this list! I have learned SO MUCH from reading the comments/discusisons on your and everyone elses FB page. I love to read them in the middle of the night while I’m nursing my babe :)

  12. Janine   AltHousewife

    Awesome! Thank you for this list!

  13. melia

    hey i’ve got a little group too, no blogging, just an international selection of moms cosleeping and breastfeeding and loving it, and offering each other support and tips on dealing with night wakings, sleep or lack of it, and skeptics.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=50877365680

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