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Is Weaning Breastfeeding Pain Normal?

Weaning breastfeeding pain is normal, varied among women, and different than typical breastfeeding pain. It's different because the pain is not from feeding your baby but from transitioning her from one source of nutrition to another. The most likely offender of weaning breastfeeding pain is engorgement of the breasts. Many of us enjoyed larger breasts during pregnancy and breastfeeding, the most vibrant and womanly we've been. However, weaning engorgement isn't sexy-- it's just a pain! To avoid this, take weaning slowly. Maintain your child's morning and evening routines of breast milk intake. But select one feeding during the day to not … [Read more...]

When to Begin Breastfeeding? The First 6 Hours

When to begin breastfeeding? It's important to start within the first six hours after birth. The importance of breastfeeding within the first six hours is found within the top four benefits to mom and baby. Welcome to the "Power Hours"! Oxytocin:  Your baby is born and placed upon your chest, you take mental pictures of your baby's 10 perfect fingers and 10 perfect toes and real photos too. You say your first "hello" and then offer your breast to your baby. You gift your baby the best start to life they can receive and help release oxytocin within your body too. Oxytocin helps your uterus to continue to contract and funnels breast milk … [Read more...]

Strategies for Breastfeeding a Baby with Food Allergies

While it's not common to find a breastfed baby with food allergies, it can happen!  The most common food allergies that a breastfed baby will react to are cow's milk products and soy products.  Some babies may also react to wheat or gluten, corn, eggs, or peanuts in mom's diet. Warning Signs that You Have a Baby with Food Allergies The first and most noticeable warning sign of food allergies is fussiness.  Unlike colic that usually happens at a consistent time of day (or night!), a baby with food allergies will become fussy immediately after eating.   Other things can cause fussiness after eating, like overactive letdown or poor latch.  … [Read more...]

Night Weaning: An Alternative Perspective

Has there ever been a mama who longs for the night when her child will wake up more than a dozen times?  Has there ever been a mama who relishes spending more than half of her night attached to her thirsty babe?  Being a nursing mama is a night and day job.  And it is hard work!  We all look forward to the time where the whole house gets to sleep through the night. Many moms are told that night weaning, or not allowing babe to nurse until morning, is the solution to long nights.  So should you night wean?  Will night weaning help baby sleep?  Will it help mama sleep? Is it Time for Night Weaning? Our pediatrician told me to night wean … [Read more...]

Medications and Breastfeeding: A Chat with a Lactation Pharmacist

Breastfeeding mamas are daily faced with the daunting task of figuring out how to care for their bodies without harming their nursing little ones.  This task makes most medications seemingly off-limits, which can be frustrating.  I had the chance to chat with Leslie Southard, a Lactation Pharmacist.  Leslie is working to support nursing mothers by providing accurate information about medications and breastfeeding.  She helps mamas find nursing-safe options to treat their illnesses. This information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat or diagnose any illness or disease. Please talk to your doctor about your … [Read more...]

Weaning Baby Off Breast Milk Before Six Months

Sometimes there are factors outside of one's control that lead to weaning baby off breast milk before six months. It can be disappointing and disheartening. Nothing tops the bond felt while breastfeeding. However, sometimes, a bottle of formula is what's best. There are no hard, fast rules as to how to wean baby off breast milk before six months; however, there are two tried and true ways that have historically worked best. The Top Two Ways of Weaning Baby Off Breast Milk Before Six Months 1.  Enlist the help of your spouse or that of a close relative. My body wasn't producing enough breast milk: it was time to wean my second child. … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding While Pregnant: How to Make it Work

Breastfeeding while pregnant: Is it possible? Women's bodies are wonderful and they can do amazing things! Did you know that a woman's body will protect itself, and an unborn baby, by shutting down its milk supply (for a child that's been born) to nourish the growth of one that's in utero? I didn't know this until I lived through it, sequentially, twice!     I nursed my firstborn for six months, and he and I benefited immensely. However, as my boy made it to the halfway point of his first year, nursing took a turn:  It had been a pleasure, nourishment for souls and bodies alike, until it began to feel as though I was … [Read more...]

Lanolin Allergy: When Nipple Pain Isn’t Normal

What is Lanolin? Many women have no idea they have a lanolin allergy until they begin nursing.  Made from sheep's wool, lanolin is a common ingredient in many lip balms and other beauty products.  It is also the main ingredient in most nipple creams.  Lanolin can cause a painful allergic reaction in some women when applied to sensitive areas, like nursing nipples. How do I know if I have a Lanolin Allergy? There are many reasons that new moms experience nipple pain that are not a lanolin allergy.  Sometimes it's just the initial "learning to nurse" pain.  Nipple pain could also be caused by thrush, a kind of yeast infection that is … [Read more...]

Better Than a Blanket: 5 Reasons Why You’ll Fall in Love With Your Breastfeeding Shawl

In search of the perfect nursing cover up? Read five mom-tested reasons why you'll fall in love with a breastfeeding shawl, and why it beats every other kind of nursing cover!   When my daughter was about one month old, we braved the beach for a family trip. It was a gorgeous day, full of sun and sea breezes. We splashed in the waves, buried our toes in the sand, and listened to the laughter of her brother, cousins, and family play around us. She nestled in my chest for a nap, and I relished that glorious carefree feeling of beach life. It was a perfect day. Until it wasn't. Suddenly the clouds turned black. We … [Read more...]

Dads and Breastfeeding: How to Help

Many new parents may believe that dads and breastfeeding don't mix.  Dads can't supply the milk, so they can't have anything to do with the breastfeeding journey.  My husband and I have found this to be 100% false!  We have both loved our breastfeeding experience. It has helped us to feel closer to each other and to our baby girl. Here are some of the many ways that you, Dad, can participate in breastfeeding. Bring me the Baby Yes, she might be in the bassinet right next to my side of the bed, but it is so helpful when you gather her up and put her in my arms.  It gives me a moment to get settled myself and ready for her without … [Read more...]