Despite every intention to breastfeed their babies, sometimes moms must look for alternatives, such as feeding their babies their expressed breast milk. Today we’re continuing the second part of our series on exclusive pumping with a look at how to make pumping work for you in “real life”. What type of schedule typically works best? What products are most helpful when pumping? Plus, great ways to avoid pumping burn-out! (more…)
Pumping anywhere else but home can be a challenge, particularly when traveling. Over the winter holidays we were staying with family, but a few weeks later we flew to attend my cousin’s wedding and stayed at a hotel. That was a bit more complicated.
It depends on the hotel and their amenities, of course, so call ahead of your stay. Ask for a manager who may know a workaround and has more power to bend some rules for you if needed. (more…)
If your baby needs supplementation shortly after birth, you may asking yourself a million different questions. Will you be able to make enough milk to eventually breastfeed? What are your options for supplementation during this time? Should you pump? And what’s the best way to transition to the breast? (more…)
I am a small cog in a big company cubicle farm with several hundred employees. Before I started my maternity leave, I didn’t much consider what I’d do after I returned. I had always planned to pump while my little one was at daycare, but I hadn’t considered the logistics. I was too preoccupied with how I was going to birth a human being from my loins to consider flange sizes and pumping bras. A Mothering Room (or Lactation Room), I learned, was where I’d be pumping while at work. (more…)
Have you ever woken up one day wondering what happened in your sleep because it feels like someone punched you in the boob? A bruised-feeling, tender lump (often found underneath or on the outer edge of your breast) is probably a plugged milk duct.
Unlike milk blisters which are a clogged pore on the surface of the nipple, a plugged duct is in the tissue under the skin. The area can also feel warm or look red. Red streaking across the breast and fever or flu-like symptoms can be indicative of mastitis which may require antibiotics.
Some moms are more prone to them – those with oversupply, those whose babies aren’t transferring milk effectively, or moms with “sticky” milk that clogs easily. A plugged duct itself is uncomfortable but not dangerous, but if left untreated can lead to more serious conditions like mastitis. (more…)