Most new moms are unaware that many of the variables affecting breast milk supply are under their control. Author, nurse, and lactation consultant Stacey H. Rubin explains how to optimize your breastfeeding routines in her book The ABCs of Breastfeeding. Your body was made to nourish your baby. During pregnancy, your breasts prepare colostrum with the assumption that … Read more about How to Build a Strong Supply of Breast Milk
The most common medical concern for parents of 10-month-old babies. It’s a conundrum for parents of 10-month-old babies: Their children can eat dairy in foods but aren’t supposed to drink whole milk by itself. What gives? Our pediatrician gives the lowdown on switching to milk from formula. If there were a parental quiz, this would … Read more about Month 10 Worry: When Can I Switch to Milk from Formula?
Looking for helpful tips to get you through the early days of breastfeeding? Find out what tools can make your and your baby’s breastfeeding experience easier and more enjoyable. There are plenty of tools to make the breastfeeding experience one that is as stress-free as possible. Here’s a look at some breastfeeding essentials no nursing … Read more about Breastfeeding Tools You Won’t Want to Be Without
Breastfeeding experts say that nursing is easiest and most comfortable the first few times if you’re sitting up. But it can be useful to know how to breastfeed your baby in different positions so you can find the ones that are most comfortable for you. Try these holds and positions, as described in The Womanly Art of … Read more about Best Breastfeeding Positions – How best to hold Baby while nursing
Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed a baby, but it doesn’t always feel that way. At some point, most nursing moms experience challenges, whether they are short-lived or long-lasting. Sometimes, those difficulties can derail a mother’s plans to nurse altogether. While most mothers originally say they want to breastfeed and The World Health … Read more about Moms share their most common breastfeeding problems
Vitamin D, the “sunshine hormone,” is vital for bone health, and it might be important in other ways, too. Recent studies suggest that newborns with poor vitamin D status suffer diminished immune function. Preliminary research has also linked vitamin D insufficiency with an increased risk of autoimmune disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. And as I’ve noted in … Read more about Why are so many breastfeeding babies low on vitamin D?
Should I stop breastfeeding now my baby has teeth? There’s no need to stop breastfeeding once your baby has teeth. Though babies’ first teeth usually come through at about six months, some take longer. A few are even born with teeth. Though many breastfed babies have teeth, most never bite their mums. In fact, if your baby’s … Read more about What to do when your breastfeeding baby bites
Yes. Women have used the spice fenugreek since ancient times in the Middle East, North Africa, and India to stimulate milk flow. Research has shown that fenugreek can increase milk production as much as 900 percent, although no one knows exactly how. The oil contained in fenugreek seeds is believed to play a role in … Read more about Can the herb fenugreek increase a mom’s milk supply?
Whether you’re a working or a stay-at-home mom, pumping plays a key role in maintaining milk supply. When I made the announcement that my husband and I were expecting, I immediately told my employer that I planned on breastfeeding. I heard stories about moms pumping in the bathroom and decided early on that wasn’t going to … Read more about Breastfeeding & pumping: Tips to keep milk supply going
If your baby refuses to breastfeed, it can come as quite a shock. You may feel bewildered, upset, and even rejected. But try not to worry. When babies go on breastfeeding strike, it usually only lasts for a day or two, though it may be longer. It’s just your baby’s way of telling you that something’s not quite … Read more about When your baby won’t breastfeed