When it comes to the overall health of your baby, you and your child’s pediatrician need to be on the same page. So, how do you talk to your pediatrician about breastfeeding? How do you advocate for breastfeeding if your pediatrician is pushing alternatives, such as formula? And why are some pediatricians pushing for babies to eat solids prior to six months? Plus, the debate about tongue ties and lip ties.
BONUS CONTENT: Recommendations for iron supplementation for the exclusively breastfed baby. (more…)
There are some many myths and misconceptions about breastfeeding, especially when it comes to milk supply. We’re answering some of your top questions including whether or not breast size can be used to gauge effective milk production. Does pumping output equal the same amount your baby is taking at the breast? Is collostrum really enough for your baby in the first few days? Plus, ways to increase milk supply after the first couple of weeks.
BONUS CONTENT: We’re busting another breastfeeding myth. If you’re not making enough milk in the beginning, and you need to supplement, does that mean you’ll never make enough milk? (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…)
If Breast Milk is the most perfect nutrition for your growing baby, then why are exclusively breastfed babies encouraged to supplement with Vitamin D? Is this recommendation really warranted? How much Vitamin D is good for both mom and baby? And what options do you have when it comes to how you supplement your child?
BONUS CONTENT: Do the changes in seasons impact the amount of Vitamin D your baby is getting? (more…)
“Every nursing mom must define for herself what a successful breastfeeding relationship will look like. That may mean that I’ll give my baby as much as I can, and I will rejoice in my ability to do it.” – Anonymous
I heard this quote while listening to a podcast about low-milk supply on TheBoobGroup.com. I’d been breastfeeding my 7-week-old son (second born; Francis) for that sitting for almost an hour and there seem to be no end in sight. I dreaded the coming of the next on-demand feeding that was bound to begin in just 15 minutes. I felt myself sinking into the same darkness I felt when I attempted to exclusively breastfeed (EBF) my first born, Benedict. I just knew that I wasn’t meeting my son’s needs yet again. (more…)