I stayed dehydrated while I was breastfeeding. It was so bad that my boobs had to send scouts into the wilderness of my body to hunt for water. Yeah, that bad. I came up with some pretty cool tricks to help me stay hydrated…but they only worked when I remembered to use them. And drinking water fell under the category… 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
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.
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
Picture this: Your baby wants to nurse. So you find a comfortable position, get settled in, and start breastfeeding. Your baby nurses, happy as a little lark. And if his hands get bored, he plays with your shirt, a toy, or pats your skin. What he doesn’t do is pinch, twist, pull, grab, or scratch your other nipple. There is… Read More
It’s not fair! Millennials get a really bad reputation for – well, everything. It seems like nothing a millennial mom does is ever good enough for the other generations. I’ll give it to them, our work ethic could use some… work. And maybe we have a short attention span. We love our phones too much? Okay. At least we don’t… Read More
I’m just one mom. My advice may not be what you need. So I gathered advice from dozens of mamas who’ve been there, done that. The tips in this article are the ones that they repeated over and over and over. These are THE top tips from moms who went to the O.R. to have their babies.
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
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