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 cried every morning for three weeks. The new schedule — no let’s call it a non-schedule because that’s what it really was — this new non-schedule was killing me. I was angry, emotional, tired, and at my absolute wits end. But still happy to have my son snuggled in my arms instead of dancing on my bladder all day…. 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
I’ve noticed something that really bothers me. There’s so much fake “science” and fake “news” and fake “articles” floating around today that it’s almost impossible to know what’s real and what’s not. We keep hearing about power pumping – which is a popular breast pumping method that moms are using to boost milk supply. We’ve seen schedules, tips, and do’s… Read More
If you’ve been breastfeeding for longer than, oh say 48 hours, you’ve probably heard the term “power pumping.” But just in case you live under a rock (hey, not judging – some of my favorite people live under rocks), power pumping is a popular pumping method that moms use to boost milk supply. You know how babies cluster feed sometimes?… 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
We like to think we’re so smart. And for the most part, we are. I mean, we grew a human, didn’t we? We have this otherworldly intuition that tells us when something is wrong with our babies – and when they’re bigger, it tells us when they’re lying to us. That’s a cool part of being a mom. But when… 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???
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
Kate’s seat was undeniably the best in the stadium. From here, she could see everything happening on the field, watch the cheerleaders, see the concession stand, and count four different reactions to the fact that she was breastfeeding in public. Why does anyone even care? Surely the baby taking his lunch from her mostly-covered breast was less shocking than the… Read More