Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

During your pregnancy, shop around for a pediatrician. You should have the opportunity to meet with a potential pediatrician one-on-one or in a group setting before your baby comes.  Every pediatrician will say he supports breastfeeding, but here are some specific questions to ask to find out just how supportive your pediatrician really is....more

Do You Make Too Much Milk?

It seems that having too much milk is a champagne problem, but it is a problem nonetheless. Don’t believe me? Be sure to read Wendy’s story about oversupply before reading on....more

Feed Your Baby, Not Your Freezer

Before you go back to work, you should be sure to have 3 daycare days worth of milk in your freezer to act as a cushion.Once you start working, you will be pumping for your baby, not for your freezer....more

LIVE SHOW- World Breastfeeding Week Video| “Breastfeeding Woes as Told By Men”

World Breastfeeding Week Video Alert! This week’s MomCave LIVE is a special episode for World Breastfeeding Week and Breastfeeding Awareness Month.This week we released a brand new episode of Double Leche, our web series about the awkward and funny moments in breastfeeding. The episode was called “Breastfeeding Woes as Told By Men.” (scroll down to see it!)...more

I Breastfeed and I Have Too Much Milk

Don’t hate her because she makes more milk than you.Having an oversupply of breast milk seems like a blessing. Something no woman should complain about.You kind of hate her, don’t you? She sits at support group explaining that she has no more room in her freezer, that she can pump eight ounces after the baby has breastfed. You are struggling to get a single ounce in your freezer. Or maybe you don’t even make enough for your baby and you need to supplement with formula.Don’t hate her....more

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

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