If you’re about to have a baby, you may have a lot of questions about breastfeeding your newborn, especially within the first week. How often should your baby be eating and how much? When does colostrum typically evolve into mature milk? And how much weight loss is normal for your baby? What can you expect when it comes to sore nipples and engorgement? Today, we’re continuing our series focused on brand new moms as they begin their breastfeeding journeys.
BONUS CONTENT: What is “normal” newborn behavior during the first week? (more…)
A girlfriend of mine is pregnant with her second, a boy due in December wants to breastfeed this time, and she asks what B (my 3.5 year old) thinks of AJ (his 7.5 month old brother) being exclusively breastfed, and how did he adjust to seeing me feed his brother from my breast – all the time. Truth be told; B has the biggest heart of anyone and he will gladly tell you, “baby eats boob!” if you ask him what babies eat. B adjusted to AJ’s arrival impeccably to no surprise. B always adjusts to things well. Except for birth, we had trouble with that. (more…)
When a woman chooses to have breast implants, she may not be thinking about how the surgery will impact her future breastfeeding goals. What questions should you ask your doctor prior to surgery? What can you do to maximize your milk supply potential- prenatally and postpartum? Plus, do women with implants experience more engorgement?
BONUS CONTENT: Is there a correlation between leaking while pregnant and milk supply? (more…)
I thought it was a lovely evening. The kids went to be early. I was enjoying a cup of tea and a book (something that almost never happens) and then my daughter woke in the room next door. I got up and as I climbed into the bed to nurse her back to sleep, I realized something was very wrong. My body was aching and I was shivering under the covers. Not more than five minutes ago, I was fine and now I clearly wasn’t. What was going on?
Nearly three years into this breastfeeding gig, I’d figured I’d made it through all the rough stuff already–engorgement, painful latch, oversupply and occasional minor blocked ducts. It had been so long since I had any of those challenges that it was a big surprise when a few weeks ago, I realized I was forming what I thought was a pretty major blocked duct. (more…)
I’ve had quite a bit of experience with using a breastpump. The first time was about four days postpartum, when my milk came in. In full force. My breasts were so engorged that my daughter was no longer able to latch, they were that hard! The postpartum doula* quickly arranged a rental pump for me to help relieve the worst engorgement so my baby could nurse. Pumping for the win!
I bought my own double electric pump at around four weeks after birth. I was planning to go back to work at four months, and wanted to make sure I could practice. I also wanted to be able to have a break every now and then to attend a postpartum fitness class. On top of that Amber also had reflux and one of the first things prescribed was a thickening agent which had to be dissolved in breastmilk and then fed to her with a spoon. Amber would not take a bottle, so I pumped more or less once a day from four weeks up to four months of age. Most of that milk went to waste – it was all practice material for my little girl! (more…)