Demand, Then Supply (a.k.a. Use It or Lose It)

So, here’s how milk-making boobs work:Your body starts making colostrum in the last few months of pregnancy.  It is sitting there, ready to go, just waiting for baby to be born.Your baby eats colostrum for the first three days or so. Colostrum is small in quantity, thick ,and super duper nutritious and usually all baby needs for the first three days....more

You Can't Control Breastfeeding

Intention. Attention. No Tension.This concept is borrowed from Happy for No Reason  by Marci Shimoff.This applies to anything and everything, but here we are going to apply it to breastfeeding (because, you know, that is all I tend to talk about).IntentionSet an intention, also known as a goal. Make this mean something to you.In my course “The Secrets of Breastfeeding Success”  I ask you to set a clear goal and identify three to five MOFA (motivating factors)....more

Slave To The Boob Machine

There it was. The question that every woman who has a baby will hear at some point.“Are you breastfeeding?”...more

Study shows breastfeeding longer leads to greater earnings as an adult

(DISCLAIMER: I know not everyone can--or wants to--breastfeed. This isn't a judgmental piece; I'm just sharing the results of a new study.)Researchers at Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil looked at the lives of 3,493 infants born in Pelotas, Brazil until they were about 30 years old. They measured their IQs and asked them about things like educational achievement and their income....more

Lie #4: You Will Definitely Love Breastfeeding (and Your Baby) Right Away

Most pregnant women dream of the moment their babies are born.  A pregnant mama imagines that the moment her baby takes his first breath, she will fall deeply and madly in love....more

Don't Do Anything Drastic

So, I mentioned that you should expect the worst, right?You can’t come back to me and say, “Nobody told me this would be so hard!!”For the record, I told  you.Here is what else I am going to tell you:The first two weeks of your baby’s life will be the hardest two weeks of your life.Did you hear me?The first two weeks of your baby’s life will be the hardest two weeks of your life. ...more

Annie's Story

My journeys with breastfeeding my two boys are as different as the boys’ personalities. Finn, almost four, was born in November 2009. I had a fairly long labor, but it ended with a beautiful water birth in the so-called “Alternative Birthing Suite” (their bizarre interpretation of normal, unmedicalized birth) at a hospital in Chicago, where we were living at the time. He was eight pounds, 15 ounces and perfect, although nursing got off to a decidedly rocky start right out of the gate....more

Lie #3: Breastfeeding is Supposed to Hurt

The biggest whopper out there right now is that “breastfeeding hurts.”  And, I am probably one of the few people out there saying “if it hurts, something is wrong.” Now, don’t get me wrong. I fully acknowledge that most women experience some level of pain when breastfeeding.  Whenever you learn something new, there will be a margin of error.  When it comes to a tiny nipple and a tiny baby mouth, that margin of error is pretty small.Here is one of my greatest heartaches:...more

8 Must-Have Items for Pumping at Work

If you knew me back in the day—the day being approximately two years ago—you would know that during my daughter's first year of life, breastfeeding and pumping consumed me. It was all I talked about, all I thought about, and when I would get around to posting on my blog, it was all I wrote about. If you did not know me, you’re welcome. Pumping at work is an unfortunate reality for many working moms who are heading back to the office post-baby and want to continue breastfeeding. ...more
lessoninprogress Great tip! My sister did this as well (she rented her second pump), and I know ...more

Lie #2: Pacifiers are Bad

I am big fan of pacifiers.  Unfortunately, my daughter never took one and I came to peace with being her human pacifier. But, I recommend pacifiers quite a bit.  Funny, since practically every other breastfeeding professional seems to hate them and sites them as the source of all evil....more