The title of this pin caught my eye. In true Pinterest form, it has a dramatic, hidden feel about it. The related blog doesn’t have that feel at all. I went in expecting secrets about how the medical community is holding out on some really useful information about breastfeeding. Instead, it is clearly Stacey’s personal experience breastfeeding her own […]
I used to have a toddler-sized t-shirt that said, “Don’t ask me when I’m going to wean.” My mom was old school enough to be truly mystified by this shirt. She asked, “Who would wear that?” I said, “An 18-month old who is still breastfeeding.” Her mouth dropped open. “You mean…they still do that?” Technically, […]
Jenny and her husband were concerned about whether it was safe to have their baby in bed with them. Jenny knew it would be easier to breastfeed at night with baby close at hand, but she had also heard of babies who died in bed while co-sleeping with their parents. After a good deal of […]
There’s probably no baby issue more discussed than the use of pacifiers for babies. Rather than jumping into that large debate, today I’m here to look specifically at using pacifiers for a breastfeeding baby, specifically a newborn. Babies need to suck and most are born knowing how to suck. Sucking obviously is used to transfer […]
Did you breastfeed your baby? Before you answer, keep in mind that I’m not asking, “Did you breastfeed for a 6 months or a year?” I’m not asking “Did you breastfeed exclusively?” I’m not asking, “Did you exclusively pump so your baby could have your milk?” I am asking this: “Did your baby get any breastmilk?” Please, let me […]
A study published in February concluded that babies who are still breastfeeding beyond 1 year of age need a Vitamin D Supplement to reduce the risk of Vitamin D deficiency. In 2008 the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended 400 IU of Vitamin D daily for infants, children and adolescents. This specifically increased the recommended dosage for infants […]
Many women prepare a birth plan to take with them to the hospital when they have a baby; why not prepare a breastfeeding plan, too? If you’ve already had your baby, did you give any thought to what you wanted your first breastfeeding experience to be? Studies show those first 72 hours or so can make […]
This is another in a series of posts examining breastfeeding information found on Pinterest. Breast sagging (the technical term is “breast ptosis”) is a common lament when breastfeeding is completed. For some women this even can be a significant disincentive for breastfeeding. Sara at The Healthy Home Economist proposes the causes of breast sagging are not having […]
No matter what time of year you give birth, germs are a concern. Older kids bring home new bugs from school, parents bring home new bugs from work, and oftentimes their are germs in your environment you can’t adequately prepare for. How do you cope when your new baby finally catches its first bug?
Pregnancy is a major time of preparation for your breasts. Everyone thinks about how the baby is growing, but at the same time you have more development in your breasts during pregnancy than you do during adolescence! About midway through pregnancy, your breasts begin actually making milk.