The first time I opened up my breast pump, I couldn't figure out where all the hoses went and how it was supposed to turn on and what in the world were those horn-looking things for? I was terrified of it. But with incredibly short maternity leaves, I needed to establish a hardy supply. By the time I finally retired my breast pump, I had figured out how to pump everywhere from my car while driving to the bathroom floor at a Detroit Lions football game. I had mastered it and now I'm going to share the wealth. Here are my pumping tips....more
I was one of those lucky mothers. Well, I was lucky once I figured out how to deal with, pump, and then store my oversupply of milk. At first I felt truly cursed, as I had enough breastmilk for triplets, a letdown strong enough to hit a target across the room. I would wake up after two hours of sleep feeling as if I had boulders attached to my chest. Once my baby started sleeping through the night, I still had to wake up and pump or risk clogged ducts and intense pain come morning. But it never crossed my mind to sell my breast milk online. I did, however, donate my breastmilk.
As you might have seen trending and on morning news shows today, 70% of breastmilk purchased online has been found to be contaminated....more
As a breastfeeding mom, I read Jessica Stockton Clancy's crib sheet interview of Pat Shelly (RN, MA, IBCLC) with great interest. So much of breastfeeding success is tied to having education at the outset as well as finding support once you begin to feed your baby. Taking the pressure off of the thought of “failure,” and learning it is no failure at all as long as your child is getting fed, was part of the reason I feel our own breastfeeding journey worked out more smoothly than it would have if I had felt stressed about only one option for my baby.
This morning I was reminiscing with friends about the struggles we all faced as first time mothers learning to breastfeed. I decided to go back and read what I had written on our family blog about my experience at the time. I wrote the following when L was about 2 months old. It's a bit long but I think you'll find it entertaining...Current commentary is in italics. ...more
By Chanda Chevannes, cross-posted at On The Issues MagazineWhen my husband, Nathan, and I first announced that we were expecting a baby, we quickly received a lot of unsolicited advice — advice we usually ignored. But we did hear at least one good idea: Don’t change your life to fit your baby; fit your baby into your life....more
Feeling frazzled trying to breastfeed? You're not alone. Review our tips for success. The first few weeks of breastfeeding can be very challenging for a new mom. Here are a few tips to help you succeed: * Choose a comfortable place to nurse. Sit back, rest your head and neck, and use a foot rest to enhance your comfort. Comfort is key since you will be in this position for some time. * Have a glass of water handy and any other item that you may need during this time such as a snack, telephone, or magazine....more
Would you take the time to go into a public bathroom, unpack your lunch and then proceed to eat it in there? Sounds a little on the disgusting side right? I mean, certainly it is not something I would do because those places have to be some of the most germ infested, disgusting, illness breeding grounds. So why do so many people, women included, suggest that breastfeeding mothers take their baby, sometimes brand spanking new, into this germ infested public toilet area to eat? Seems a little backwards. ...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