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
So you have a stash of frozen breastmilk – and you worked hard to get it. That’s no little thing! But let me ask you this. Did you know that there are a few rules to follow to safely handle thawed breastmilk? Do you know how to keep it safe once you thaw it? What if that milk had a… 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
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.
You planned for parenting. You read all about pregnancy and your new baby. Maybe you took a breastfeeding class (kudos to you!!). What you probably didn’t prepare for was the reality of having a C-section. Because the majority of C-sections are unplanned, moms get taken by surprise and suddenly they’re in new territory. That’s only natural. Breastfeeding after a C-section… Read More
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???
I stared in confusion at the three bottles of breastmilk sitting in my refrigerator. They all came from me. In the last 72 hours. How could they be so different?!?! The breastmilk changes displayed in my fridge made it look like those bottles had been filled by 3 different species of mammals. They were all different colors. Isn’t milk just… Read More
The most common reason women say they give up on breastfeeding is that they didn’t make enough milk. In fact, if you talk to a random handful of mothers, you’ll hear at least one say that she tried, but her milk supply was too low. That’s a lot of women who have a low milk supply! What’s going on? There… Read More
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I know you’re excited to meet your new little one. This is the most exciting time of your life – and possibly the most anxious too. I mean, you’re making a whole ‘nother human! If that doesn’t bring out the worrier in you, not much will. But at the same time, (eeeeeeee!!) it’s a BABY, and… Read More
One evening not too long ago, I sat in the same nursing spot I’d used about 9 times a day for the past 13 months. It was my super comfy nursing spot. Well almost. It was also really boring sometimes – with no tv nearby and no one to talk to. There was nothing for me to do while breastfeeding… Read More
Rockabye baby on the tree topwhat do you want when your crying won’t stop? Rockabye baby on the tree topwhat do you want when your crying won’t stop? Oh, that newborn stage. The stage when you don’t really know this little person you’re responsible for. Right after my first son was born, I was shocked to discover a fear I’d… Read More
Growth spurts are a necessary evil. It may seem shocking that I’m calling them evil. That sounds harsh, I know. But a mom in the throes of her baby’s growth spurt doesn’t think that’s a harsh description. Trust me, it can be torturous! If you’ve ever experienced a particularly rough growth spurt, you’re nodding your head right now and saying… Read More