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…)
Despite every intention to breastfeed their babies, sometimes moms must look for alternatives, such as feeding their babies their expressed breast milk. What are the pros and cons for exclusively pumping? How can pumping impact a mother emotionally? Plus, how to choose the right parts to help make exclusive pumping work for you and your baby. (more…)
Do you let your colleagues know when you are pumping milk?
There is just something about walking around a cubicle farm in the middle of the afternoon toting a backpack that immediately arouses suspicion, it seems. I’ve caught people glancing at their watches at the sight of me, some have even said good-bye, all assuming that I’m knocking off for the evening.
The situation is even worse if you’re returning to your desk mid-morning with that now suspect backpack and a bottle of water. If your colleagues didn’t see you toiling at your desk prior to your lactation break, they conclude that you are keeping banker’s hours, and adjust their facial expressions accordingly. (more…)
Breastfeeding accessories can become a mother’s best friend. When used properly, they can enhance your breastfeeding experience so you feel more comfortable and and give you the confidence you need to successfully feed your baby. So, what are the must-have products recommended by breastfeeding mothers? What is a “breastfeeding basket” and what are some important items to put inside? Plus, essential accessories for moms at work and moms on-the-go!
We’re broadcasting LIVE from the 2013 ABC Kids Expo and our experts have designed items to help improve your breastfeeding experience! And they’re giving some of their products to you as part of our December giveaways! Visit our giveaways page for your chance to win!
BONUS CONTENT: What are some important accessories for moms of multiples? (more…)