“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

What to Learn While in the Hospital

There are a number of important things that you have the opportunity to learn while you are in the hospital.You probably won’t have people volunteering to teach you these things, but make sure youask!...more

One Breast or Two?

So, are you supposed to feed the baby on one breast or both breasts at a single feeding?While we are at it, what counts as a feeding? One breast or both breasts? What if the baby takes one breast and then 20 minutes later wants the other breast? Is that 1 feeding or 2? The answer is yes.  Or no.  Or I don’t know. If you are asking these questions, you are too caught up in what your baby should  be doing and you aren’t paying attention to what your baby is actually doing....more

Why I Didn't Breastfeed

I originally posted this on my first blog, and got a lot of great reviews so I thought I would repost this here. I will be doing this for many of my posts as I am shutting down my first blog. A lot of people have asked me why I don’t breastfeed my baby girl. I am going to start off by saying this is not a post about why you shouldn’t breastfeed or why you just absolutely have to breastfeed. This is about my choices and what happened along the way....more

Is Your Baby the Boss of You?

Is your baby the boss of you?Well, is he?...more

How To Find a Quality Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Ideally, you should find an IBCLC you love before your baby is born.  But, if you are unable to do this, searching for a consultant after is certainly an option. Even if you are having a lot of breastfeeding difficulty and you feel desperate, don’t settle for the first breastfeeding support person you can find. Make sure you know who you are interviewing and what questions to ask them.  Meeting with the wrong person can make breastfeeding worse rather than better!...more

I Take Zoloft

I have taken Zoloft for about 13 years.  I first went on it in Nursing School in 2002 when I had a Major Depressive Episode....more

My No-Longer-Needed Freezer Stash & Where to Donate Breast Milk

I started pumping at about four weeks postpartum to build my freezer “stash.” It became almost an obsession to squeeze out those last few drops after each nursing session, or to fit in a pump during Annabelle’s longest sleep stretch....more

Top 10 Products Every Pumpin’ Mama Should Buy

There is a lot of stuff out there on the market for pumping mamas.  Here is a list of the top 10 must buy items compiled by  the Pumpin’ Mamas from The Pumpin’ Mama’s Blueprint and me.1. Extra Set of Pumping Parts2. Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra(enter “Milkmom” to get $10 and free shipping)...more