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…)
There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding breastfeeding. When it comes to breastfeeding your infant, should you really “rough up” your nipples to decrease sensitivity? Should breastfeeding ever be painful? Does a little formula or rice cereal really help your baby sleep better at night? And what should you do if your baby is insistent on using you as their personal pacifier? We’re busting these myths and more in our new series featuring questions submitted from our listeners!
BONUS CONTENT: Do dads really feel left out if you refrain from bottlefeeding? What are some other ways to help keep your partner involved? (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…)
A jaundiced baby is usually separated from its mother, which means supplementation may be needed. How can a mother help her baby get rid of the jaundice without compromising her breastfeeding goals? Plus, more information about jaundice, what causes it and how it’s typically treated.
BONUS CONTENT: Are certain babies at an increased risk for having jaundice? (more…)
Breastfeeding twins can be challenging, especially when the babies are late preterm. What are some of the ways these babies behave differently? What should you know before attempting to tandem nurse? Plus, some great advice for managing triple feedings: breastfeeding, supplementation and pumping. (more…)