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
About four days after the birth of my third baby, I woke up to see what looked like a tumor poking out the side of my left boob. What the….? It didn’t hurt unless I touched it, and then OH.MY.WORD. I knew then that I was dying. I just knew I’d developed the world’s most aggressive cancer and it was… 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
Do you know why you should breastfeed? Many women choose to breastfeed because they’ve heard it preached that “breast is best.” We gave our babies breastmilk because we were assured it was the healthiest nourishment, but we didn’t know why. It reminds me of a story I know (I promise to make it a quick one!) Have you ever heard… Read More