Pumping for an Occasional Bottle

Have you ever wondered, “If I am breastfeeding all the time, how am I supposed to ever be able to pump milk for a bottle?”Here’s how:After breastfeeding your baby, pump both breasts.Try to do this around the time when you seem to have the most milk. For many women, this is in the morning. Perhaps your breasts feel fuller or heavier in the morning, or baby only feeds from one breast rather than her typical two.  You are more likely to get a higher yield if you pump at this time than if you pump at a time when your breasts feel more empty after breastfeeding....more

"I Do Both... Because I Choose To"

Here is a summary of terms Balanced Breastfeeding uses to discuss all the different ways that mamas breastfeeding their babies:Nursing or “directly breastfeeding” = feeding your baby directly at your breast.Breastfeeding = providing breastmilk to your baby either through nursing or pumping and bottle feeding.Hybrid feeding = nursing and supplementing with formula or expressed breastmilk because you don’t make enough milk....more
I did both too for all three boys. One of my sons was a preemie so I had to pump and ng ...more

Exclusive Pumping

For the sake of this article, I will be using the terms breastfeeding and nursing.Aren’t they the same thing? Well, technically, yes, but I like to think about it this way:...more

Pumping in Place of Breastfeeding: Sore Nipples

If your nipples are really sore, you need to get help from an IBCLC ASAP. In the meantime, you have choices! You don’t need to suffer through awful painful latching if you just can’t handle it anymore!If you need a break from latching until you can get to a professional and figure out what’s wrong, here’s what you can do....more

Conversations With The Baby

The Baby has made the effort to join in the conversation between The Toddler and Silly Mummy (not to mention, debated with parrots). The Toddler therefore decides to return the favour. She will chat with The Baby about what The Baby wants to talk about. She will use The Baby's native tongue, Garble (a beautiful and nuanced language, for those who don't know)....more

It Isn’t About the Bottle. It Is About the Bottle Feeder.

There are a ton of bottles out there claiming to be the best for the breastfed baby.Tommee Tippee “encourages your baby’s natural feeding action, ‘just like mom.'”Avent Natural Bottle claims, “the nipple features an innovative petal design for natural latch on similar to the breast, making it easy for your baby to combine breast and bottle feeding.”The Joovy Boob Baby Bottle says, “the large diameter base and nipple length assist your baby in properly ‘latching’ onto the bottle.”The list goes on and on....more

“I Hybrid Feed Because I Don’t Make Enough Milk”

by Katie Madden & Ariana PowersBottle or boob? Formula or breastmilk?Yes, please. All of these.A little known way to feed your baby is to “Hybrid Feed.” Hybrid feeding is not “I do both” or using formula for convenience. It is a very deliberate and strategic method to protect breastfeeding when a mom doesn’t have quite enough milk.When done properly, moms who hybrid feed can often go on to nurse their babies for twelve or more months. Some of them even have trouble weaning!...more

"I Chose to Stop Breastfeeding"

by Katie Madden and Lindsey Holland...more

SEAL PUP RESCUE – WEEK 2 UPDATE. IT’S A GIRL!

This is the week 2 update of our seal pup rescue.This week we come to the conclusion that Sealie is a girl. This is because the belly button is disappearing and she has no other holes on her underside.She has been named Dilla, after the last people that inhabited on the Island where she was found some way up the Þjórsá river in south Iceland....more

FAQ: When Will My Baby Sleep Through the Night?

As a nurse I get this question all the time, and I get it! You are sleep deprived, emotional, sore, confused and you just don't know how to do this because babies don't come with a manual. But, it never fails, usually within hours of giving birth all parents want to know the same thing. When will my baby sleep through the night, and will I ever sleep a whole night again?There is no short answer for that. I have done my best though to answer this question. If you are a first time mom, or soon to be first time mom, I hope this helps you get through it!...more