10 Pitfalls to Breastfeeding Enjoyment

Sometimes you love breastfeeding. Sometimes you don’t. Sometimes a breastfeeding session starts off great and 15 minutes into it, you are filled with frustration and dread.I am not talking about the early days of breastfeeding here when there is an obvious reason why breastfeeding sucks (you know, like the fact that you haven’t slept longer than 20 minutes at a time in 14 days)....more

So I quit breastfeeding.

So I quit breastfeeding. Yep. I did. And it sucked. It sucked so bad, it’s taken me this long to write about it. When Arlo was born, he was ravenously hungry, and surprisingly, my milk came in much faster than it did with Lark. I assume it’s because my body sort of knew what to do....more

How to Know If Your Baby Has a Tongue Tie or Lip Tie

How to know if your baby has a lip tie:Peel up your baby’s top lip and take a look. ...more

Tongue Tie and Lip Tie

I divide my career (so far) as an IBCLC into three phases to date:Phase one: 2009-c. 2012...more


Yeast.Nipple yeast. Candida Albicans. Candidiasis. Thrush.Often misdiagnosed, often the source of much excessive and unnecessary new mother obsession and angst.So, let’s start with the fact that yeast is a normal flora. It is a fungus (hence the mushroom above) that lives all over your body in varying concentrations. We are never actually “yeast-free,” nor should we attempt to be. This is an important fact for you to remember....more

What I've Said About Breastfeeding and What I'm Saying Now

I said... I'll give it my best shot.I can't believe he knows what to do.I can't believe I don't.I can't do this.I have to do this.I hate this.I'll do it for a month.How can he be so hungry?How can it be so painful?I can make it two more months.Nothing's ever been so hard.He's thriving, thank God....more

The NEW Deal on Vitamin D

What this study changes about what we thought we knew:As with most things in medicine, recommendations change with new and emerging research.Brand spanking new research on the Vitamin D supplementation for the breastfeeding mom and baby hit September 28, 2015.This changes what we thought we knew a little bit, so here the most up-to-date recommendations:...more

Breastfeeding: Been There, Done That, Not Doing It Again!

I consider myself intelligent and sufficiently educated. I know the laundry list of stated benefits to breastfeeding. I know it's the best. But, I don't want to do it. I'm scared. ...more
FibreJunkyThank you for the encouragement.  I still teeter back and forth between what I want to ...more

Responding to Criticism

You must be rubber (You know, I am rubber you are glue?)Words cannot hurt you.  Words do not have to make you question everything.  That is a choice only you can make....more

Breastfeeding Failure: How This Therapist Coped