The coronavirus is inescapable. I don’t mean you’re doomed to catch it and die a horrible death…I mean you literally cannot escape hearing about it everywhere you go. And if you’re like me, you go between hating the topic and being morbidly curious. Especially if you’re trying to prepare for coronavirus and you’re breastfeeding. I didn’t want to talk about… Read More
More and more, moms are giving their babies (and themselves) a milk bath using breastmilk. Which is awesome!! Breastmilk is incredibly nourishing, and a lot of moms are saying that it’s helped their heal baby rashes like diaper rash, as well as baby eczema. So it’s definitely worth a try. Now when it comes to taking fancy baths, I have… Read More
My one-week-old baby went six solid waking hours without eating – and I was scared. I sort of expected him to go longer than usual since he ate six ounces of expressed milk earlier. My hubby had apparently never heard of paced feeding! Let’s start at the beginning of the story. When my second baby was a week old, we… Read More
I gotta confess, I’ll get caught up in a good fad in a heartbeat. And sometimes in a not-so-good fad. (looking at you, e-cigs.) Well, the latest mommy fad is giving babies a milk bath. And getting adorable pictures of it. Since you know I love fads – and since milk baths are all the rage these days – you… Read More
“Your baby is jaundiced.” I was surprised just how scary those words were, especially considering how they were delivered. There I was, rolling away in the wheelchair new mommas are required to leave the hospital in. (As if we’re invalids – when the truth is, nobody can perform the superhuman feats of postpartum baby care like a new momma. And… Read More
Opinions are like farts. Everyone has them, no one wants them shared, and they usually stink. That’s even truer when it comes to how long you should breastfeed your baby. You might be surprised to find your mother-in-law is incredibly supportive, while your pediatrician is urging you to wean your baby. Or vice versa. You see, as loving as grandmothers… Read More
She told herself she wasn’t worried. But as Kaylie stood at the open fridge, staring at her chest instead of food, it was clear that she was. How could this happen? After six weeks of breastfeeding, overcoming sore nipples and a bad latch, she thought they’d nailed breastfeeding. So why were her boobs suddenly quitting on her? She wondered if… Read More
When it comes to your sleep cycle, your body does more than just fall asleep and wake up! It begins preparing hours before those events by increasing or suppressing hormones. And those hormones flowing through your body also go into your milk. That’s one of the ways your baby develops her circadian rhythm.
I worried about the colostrum – and the lack of breastmilk – once my baby was born. It didn’t seem like there was very much colostrum. I could only squeeze out a drop or two, so I wasn’t sure how on Earth this would be enough for the baby to eat. And where the heck was my breastmilk???
The first time is the most shocking. The second time you go through it is a bit better. Each time is different, but it’s never easy. I’m talking about those crazy postpartum weeks. Life with a newborn sometimes feels like pure chaos. Or maybe an alternate dimension? There will be days where you’re not sure if it’s AM or PM…. Read More
We’ve all heard it. Maybe we even took it as gospel truth. It’s the old instructions to keep newborns at home for the first 6-8 weeks of their life. With my first baby, I followed these instructions as if they’d been handed down by the Almighty Himself. Come to find out, that’s an old wives tale. It’s not necessary to… Read More
If I told you that doing almost nothing for two or three days would drastically improve your breastfeeding, would you be on board? What if I said that while you’re doing nothing, it’s totally fine to stay in bed and take a few naps? Really. It’s okay. It might actually help boost your milk supply. That’s the beauty of a… Read More