I was recently sent an article regarding a woman whose baby was struggling to nurse and basically starving because the baby could not physically remove milk from the breast. After much trial, the mother chose to formula feed. The article’s point? Fed is Best. I would like to reiterate this point: Fed is Best. (And […]
What is Exclusive Breastfeeding (EB)? Exclusive Breastfeeding (EB) is a method of infant feeding where a baby, typically from birth up to 6 months of age, receives only breast milk without any additional food or drink, not even water. This approach is recommended by health authorities like the World Health Organization and the American Academy
I didn’t really understand how to use a breast pump correctly until a Lactation Consultant showed me. If you’re having trouble with pumping (or breastfeeding) I can’t stress enough how helpful and beneficial the support of a qualified professional can be. That being said there are definitely some tricks to pumping effectively which I want
So you just pumped and “emptied” your breasts and now your baby is hungry and wants to breastfeed? Don’t worry! The breasts aren’t really truly emptied. Think of the milk being extracted from the breast as a supply and demand situation. Milk production is constant. When the breast is less full, the production speed picks
Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural process, but sometimes unexpected challenges can arise, particularly when faced with breastfeeding with a tongue tie. In my personal experience, dealing with lip and tongue ties in my newborn made the early days of breastfeeding a struggle. In this detailed exploration, I’ll share my journey, delve into what tongue
Early Morning Adventure
Two mornings ago, around 4:30, I was putting my son back to sleep after a feeding. He fell asleep quickly, and I laid him in his crib. I then proceeded to get a drink of water and use the bathroom. After washing my hands, I was suddenly very aware of how dry they were.
By the dim light of the small night light we keep in the bathroom, I saw a large bottle of lotion and quickly pumped a generous amount onto my hands. I worked it over my fingers and hands, then deciding what I was doing was a good thing, I continued up my arms and past my elbows.
As I stood there in those few seconds, moisturizing, I felt like I was doing a good thing for myself, and then the moment came when I recognized the scent of what I was lathering onto my arms and hands.
That’s Not Lotion
You’re Not Alone
I’ve mentioned previously, that my breastfeeding journey with my son was atypical to say the least. For some mother and baby pairs, it truly is the easiest thing in the world. Whereas for others, it’s one monster short of a nightmare. You are not alone. Over 90% of mothers report having breastfeeding struggles in those early months.
So here are the breastfeeding basics, as well as some things I learned on my more difficult road. Again, I will emphasize, the struggle was totally worth the ultimate goal of exclusively breastfeeding, so I hope this will encourage new Mamas to stick with it!
Note: In this article, many of the hyperlinks will take you to articles that support my research about breastfeeding. Happy reading!
Making Breastfeeding a Reality
Before the birth of my son, it was always my desire to exclusively breastfeed my baby. It never really occurred to me to do it any other way. As it turns out, the more I read and researched, the more pleased I became about this decision. If you have read about my breastfeeding journey with my son, you know that in the beginning I wasn’t able to make exclusive breastfeeding a reality. However, before my son was three months old, he was exclusively breastfeeding.