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
Uh, breast milk lollipop anyone? The company Lollyphile has captured the essence of breast milk (in other words, these lollipops are not made with breast milk) in a piece of candy, and the candy is selling like... hotcakes.
Although breastfeeding is natural, the early days are not always a cakewalk. “It just didn’t work out,” some moms say, or “I didn’t have enough milk.” When you consider that breast milk is the best possible food for newborns, the numbers are stunning: only about 15 percent of US moms achieve the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Why? Breastfeeding is not right for all women. But often, mothers just don’t know what to expect, when to seek help -- or where.
While most new and expecting mothers may know that breastfeeding has many benefits for babies, they may not understand just how many ways that breastfeeding helps women. A woman who nurses her baby is not only providing her child with the best possible chance at lifelong good health, she's ensuring her own health as well. Research shows that women who choose to breastfeed will actually reduce their risk for quite a few illnesses and diseases....more
I just got done reading a friend of a friend’s blog, Leaky Boob[i], and since I had an immediate reaction, I realized I needed to write a response right away. I quickly looked it up, and all over the internet, I confirmed that this was the case… which honestly, I look back and am glad that I didn’t go to the conference in 2010, because the sponsorship of an anti-woman corporation for a pro woman conference would have been too hypocritical for me to feel comfortable enough to get past it. I’m sure it would have clouded my judgment....more
Exclusive breast pumping is becoming more and more popular as moms become busier and busier. But as each year passes, providing breast milk to our babies while still keeping the hectic schedule that we call our lives, it becoming must easier and more efficient. The 10 tips should help you make your breast pumping more successful, whether you are pumping occasionally or exclusively....more
The first time I breastfed, I did not have a pleasant experience. Sore nipples, hours on the breast, dry nipples, I hated it all. In fact, it was an emotional drain. Every time I had to go out and it came down to feeding time, I would feel like a cow giving milk. I also got stressed that no matter what, I couldn't take a break from being the feeder. Pumping never worked for me, whether I tried the electric pump or manual pump. I also felt that I did not have enough milk and Jeffrey would be on my breast at times for almost one hour, then feed 1 hour later.