breastfeeding

Treating Thrush

Thrush in a child who had taken antibiotics. Author: James Heilman, M.D. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

It’s whispered on the playground, spoken of in hushed tones at Mommy ‘n Me, and brought up with embarrassment at pediatrician visits. That’s right, you’ve been there haven’t you? Thrush! It isn’t fun, and it isn’t pretty. Whether your first sign is nipple pain, a yeast infection of your own, an awful diaper rash in your baby, or the white in your baby’s mouth, this common malady in babies and mamas is […]

Just a Commercial? Or Mommy Wars?

So I have to admit, I totally teared up at the Similac commercial everyone has been talking about.  Haven’t seen it yet?  Check it out:

So is this just a commercial? In under 3 minutes, not only does this ad make us feel more connected as parents, it also brings to light some of the divisions as well, making important discussions we ought to be having instead look like Mommy Wars.  I was interested to see how the rest of the web reacted and I think most people seemed to feel […]

Realistic Baby Dolls

 There are baby dolls that you can purchase that you really bottlefeed and that really wet their diapers.  While, I see nothing wrong with allowing our children to use their imaginations and “pretend” like their dolls are drinking and eating, I also understand how utterly cool these dolls are in the eyes of little girls.

Realistic Dolls Don’t Promote Breastfeeding

I also recognize that since little girls can’t lactate, in order to use these “life like dolls” a little girl has to bottle feed her baby. I don’t really like that.  Pretend play is […]

World Breastfeeding Week.

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:

1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care

staff.

2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.

3. Inform all pregnant mothers about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.

4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within a half-hour of birth.

5. Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.

6. Give […]

Breastfeeding tip: Train Your Boobs Not to Leak

When my son was born, an awesome lactation consultant gave me some advice on how to train my boobs not to leak. I didn’t realize at the time how precious the information was. As months went on and women would comment on how brave I was not to be wearing nursing pads, I was continuously perplexed.

Was I privy to some huge breastfeeding secret?

 

Indeed, it seemed I was. Thanks to my lactation consultant, I only had to wear nursing pads for the first two weeks while breastfeeding my son and daughter. I had planned […]

BREASTFEEDING TIP: Pain in the breast!


 

BREASTFEEDING TIP: Pain in the breast!

Sometimes, there is pain associated with breastfeeding, but there are ways to avoid this and ways to rapidly heal this too! If you experience extreme pain in either of your breasts, you should consult your doctor. In the mean time, here are a few at-home pointers.

Engorgement

Engorgement is often described as being very painful and while the pressure can get uncomfortable, the pain is unnecessary. On demand nursing will usually result in nursing every two hours or so. While this may seem like a lot, if you nurse […]

BREASTFEEDING TIP: Get a good latch through easy positioning

One of the biggest hurdles for new moms is getting the infant to latch on properly. There are a few things that you can do to assist your new baby. We always see images of the mother cradling her new bundle that is staring up at her with the infant’s body parallel with the ceiling. That is NOT the easiest way for a new baby to nurse. I know the football hold is very popular among lactation consultants, but I could never quite get it right either. So, in an attempt to find a […]

Breastfeeding Tips- Relax

BREASTFEEDING TIP: Relax

I have way too many breastfeeding tips to put them into just one blog. So over the coming weeks, I will break them down for you. Breastfeeding shouldn’t be this big mystery, but because the last century somehow managed to put men in charge of our earliest mothering experiences, breastfeeding mothers are left in the dark about it until the moment is upon them and they are left to figure it all out at once.

So let’s start by agreeing that breastfeeding is natural, and it’s not our faults that have been kept […]

Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move

Living a healthy lifestyle is not only important for yourself, but it is imperative for our kids.  Studies now indicate that there is metobolic imprinting that takes place in utero through the first two years of life.  This programming effects how your child will process and metabolize food for the rest of his or her life.

I am not one to jump on board with everything the CDC and the FDA push on us, but I think First Lady Micelle Obama has picked an admirable crusade.  I believe in the Let’s Move campain.  By the […]

Nursing our Future

“One of the barriers for many young mothers is a lack of awareness about breastfeeding as well as a culture that is not particularly breastfeeding friendly,” argues Dr. Massotto. The Holistic Moms Network hopes to raise awareness by showing young women images of breastfeeding and to help them find the support and encouragement they need to continue.- Holistic Moms Network