Hashtags help you find the tweets that are of interest to you.  Do a quick search on any of these hashtags to see what’s hot today in birth and breastfeeding. An app like Hootsuite can help you set up regular streams of your fav interest areas.

Birth:

#BirthGenius– for posts on using social media to promote evidence-based information about healthy birth and breastfeeding.  Also used to reach birth and breastfeeding professionals on a variety of birth-related topics
#Doula– Doulas, find your doula tribe here!
#Birthedu– For and about childbirth educators.  This one is still taking hold – jump in and make this stream the one to watch!
#Pregancy– Not a small topic, and not just limited to birth pros.  Expect to find a lot of tweets here about anything and everything pregnancy related.
#Childbirth – Like #pregnancy, you’ll find pros and mamas here.
#Twitterbirth – Primarily for folks planning to live tweet their births and their supporters.
#PPD – For mothers experiencing perinatal mood disorders and their supporters and advocates.

Breastfeeding:

#IBCLC – For board certified lactation consultants and news and info regarding IBCLCs.  Sometimes used by moms looking for support from an IBCLC.
#LCinPP – Stands for Lactation Consultant in Private Practice.  This list was started out of the LCinPP popular conference held each year, but is now populated by LC’s in PP, even if they haven’t been to the gathering yet.
#Bfing and #Breastfeeding – Like #pregnancy and #birth these tags are used by moms, pros, and volunteers to share widely on the topic.

Chats:

There are a number of chats on birth and breastfeeding that happen on a weekly or monthly basis.  The same hashtags used for the parties are often used between chats as a way to stay connected.  Check out the chat list we host here, and check out these tags to keep up even after the party’s over:
#Bfcafe and #Bfchat– For breastfeeding mamas and their supporters.
#LCchat– For breastfeeding supporters (pros and volunteers).
#DoulaParty – @DesirreAndrews hosts the chat but keeps the convo going all week long.
Did we forget anything? Tell us your favorite and most helpful birth and breastfeeding hashtags in the comments.

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  1. […] are a way to sort out the tweets on topics of interest. Here’s the hashtags we’re following to help us stay up-to-date. Apps like Hootsuite can help you organize your faves into easy-to-use […]

  2. Maggie Singleton on July 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I can’t thank you enough for your information about how to get the most out of Twitter. I have a book coming out next month called Milk Diaries: a compilation of practical, encouraging advice from the “real” breastfeeding experts,” and I would love to spread the word (especially during Breastfeeding Awareness Month and World Breastfeeding Week). I hope that all of our efforts can help more mothers make more informed decisions regarding birth plans and breastfeeding. Thanks again!

    • Hillary on July 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Congrats on your book Maggie! That’s very exciting. Are you on Twitter yet? My quick advice would be to start building your community online now, before your book comes out. Also, participate in chats and conversations that are targeted at moms and listen a lot. I believe Holistic Moms is planning a big twitter chat in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. And keep us in the loop! We can’t wait to hear how your book launch goes!

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