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What Not to Eat When Breastfeeding

When you were pregnant, you had to keep a close eye on your diet. Now that you've had baby, you may be wondering what not to eat when breastfeeding. Eating and Drinking: What Not to Eat When Breastfeeding Alcohol: You won't hear many practitioners advocating alcohol when you're breastfeeding. However, new research says you should be fine with a few drinks - as long as you're capable of caring for your baby, you should be ok to breastfeed. If you're still concerned, however, you could just wait to drink right after you've breastfed your baby. Fish: Although the rules on fish and breastfeeding are a bit more lax than they were with … [Read more...]

15 Tips for Curing Thrush with Gentian Violet

Does your baby have white patches on their tongue or the inside of their cheeks? Do they have a diaper rash that just won't go away? Are your nipples sore? It is possible that you and your baby have thrush, a yeast infection that is easily passed back and forth between mom and baby. Thrush can be very difficult to get rid of. My son was diagnosed with thrush when he was 13 months old. My doctor recommended an anti fungal medication. I hesitated, but ultimately decided to give my son the prescription. Several times a day I had to rub the medicine all over the inside of his mouth. To make a long story short, two rounds of medication and … [Read more...]

The Top 12 Best Foods to Eat While Breastfeeding

Congratulations! You've already chosen the best nutrition for your baby by breastfeeding! But what should you eat while producing milk for your little one? A varied diet that contains plenty of healthy options is a great way to ensure that you and your baby are getting all the vitamins and nutrients you both need. Here are the top twelve best foods to eat while breastfeeding.  Top 12 Best Foods to Eat While Breastfeeding Oatmeal - This complex carbohydrate will make you feel fuller, longer, and may increase your milk supply! Oats are rich in iron, protein, and fiber. The healthiest options are the non-instant varieties! Eggs - … [Read more...]

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

If you do even an ounce of research you will soon notice that the list of foods to avoid while breastfeeding could go on for miles. A new mother might feel discouraged by noticing her favorite meals slowly diminishing for fear of upsetting her baby. The truth is that every baby is different and under normal situations no single food can be scratched out across the board. In fact, most babies tolerate all foods rather easily and new research even shows most mom's can safely have a drink or two while breastfeeding and caffeine is typically OK too. It is common for babies to be fussy in the first few months so don't be so quick to … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding with Pierced Nipples

If you are asking yourself, "Can I breastfeed with pierced nipples?" then the short answer is absolutely! Breastfeeding with pierced nipples, or previously pierced nipples, is not an issue you or your baby need to fret over. There is no evidence that having pierced nipples will affect your breastfeeding relationship.   The Issue with Piercings Some mothers do, however, notice an increase in clogged ducts while breastfeeding with pierced nipples. Consider the anatomy of a nipple and the surrounding breast tissue: The nipple itself is porous (milk flows from many different holes), while the breast is primarily fatty tissue with … [Read more...]

When Baby Friendly Conferences Have No Place to Pump

There are conferences and conventions for pretty much everything these days and many are becoming baby friendly by offering space for moms to nurse or pump or take unhappy babies. This is fantastic! But sometimes, baby friendly conferences don't cut it and moms are left in the lurch with no place to pump. What can you do? Recently I attended a conference with about 2,500 other people. The conference was listed as being baby friendly and nursing babes were welcome to come along. I was able to have by baby stay with grandparents so I could go and not be distracted. I took my trusty pump along and planned to use a mother's lounge to pump … [Read more...]

Apple Walnut Lactation Muffins

There are certain times during the month where my breast milk supply decreases, and my son seems hungrier. During those times, I have to nurse him more often. One thing I do to keep my supply at a "normal" level is make lactation muffins, which are a type of galactagogue. What is a galactagogue? It is a substance that increases lactation. Some other foods that are considered galactagogues include: Oatmeal Dark, leafy greens Seeds, chia, and flax Almonds If you are trying to boost your supply, you can make lactation muffins yourself. The recipe below has no added sugar, and the muffins are gluten free. Try making these … [Read more...]

Q & A With a Breastfeeding Mom of TEN!

Heather, mother of ten children, is a personal friend of mine who is inspiring in many, many ways. One of them is that she has taken the time to nurse each of her children for their first year of life! I asked her if she could share some of her wisdom with us and she graciously agreed.   1. Thank you so much for agreeing to answer a few questions to give us insight into what it’s like to be a breastfeeding mom of ten! Can we start with you telling us a bit about yourself and your journey through motherhood? I’m honored to be invited to share a bit about myself and my story, Anjanette. I guess I would be considered an “older, … [Read more...]

3 Tips for The Exclusively Breast Pumping Mom

JessieLeigh has exclusively formula fed one of her children, exclusively breastfed another, and exclusively pumped for another. As an unofficial expert on how to feed babies, she is sharing her tips for the exclusively breast pumping mom. For all those mothers who are in the unique position of exclusively pumping breast milk for their babies, here are 3 tips just for you.   … [Read more...]

Colds: Sudafed, Mucinex and Breastfeeding

Winter. It's that time of year when sickness seems never-ending. The common cold often makes its way around from family to family. Many say that there should be a law against mothers getting sick, but unfortunately, sickness happens. Usually harmless, the common cold is more of a nuisance than anything. Breastfeeding mothers may wonder, “Can I take medications to help ease the severity of my symptoms? Are Mucinex and breastfeeding compatible? What about Sudafed?” Colds: Sudafed, Mucinex and Breastfeeding Taking over-the-counter medications will not cure your cold, but it will help relieve the symptoms. Two common medications … [Read more...]