The Truth About Your Post Weaning Body

While nursing, your breasts have a life of their own. Full now, softer later. Lumpy at breakfast, flatter at dinner. And sometimes each one does something totally on her own. And it’s all normal. But what happens after weaning? Well, here’s the real, un-rainbow-and-unicorn-glitter-glazed truth….. If a mom weans quickly, she will likely experience some […]

Beyond Rice Cereal: Three Great First Foods You Can Use Today

Kathy Sasser, IBCLC When it comes to first foods, think outside the cereal box! Sometime in the second half of the first year, babies become ready for foods other than breastmilk or formula. But bland cereals offer little nutrition or flavor compared to fruits and veggies – so it’s fine (even preferable) to go right […]

What’s the Real Deal with Pacifiers?

So what’s up with pacifiers? Tools of iniquity or best things ever? Well, it depends. Pacifier use has been related to lower risk of SIDS.  The hypothesis is that sucking keeps baby from falling into too deep a sleep.  If your baby is bottle feeding, you can put baby to sleep with a paccie but […]

Little Vesuvius: Four Ways to Deal with Your Baby’s Gas

In one study, 80% of parents felt their infant was gassier than normal. Obviously they can’t all be right, but if your little one is fussy, it can seem he has the worst case of gas in the history of baby-kind. Some tips… All babies have gas. Their little digestive tracts are just getting the […]

Taking Care of a Newborn without Starving Yourself

Sometimes a new baby can leave parents with little time between them to cook – or eat. And while there’s no shame in take out, it can get expensive. Here are a few other tips to put together a meal… Prepare everything in the morning when babies tend to sleep longer stretches. This works best […]

Pregnant AND Breastfeeding?

What happens if you get pregnant while breastfeeding? As with anything else, the options depend on your unique situation… Is the pregnancy low risk? Generally breastfeeding during pregnancy is considered safe if the pregnancy is considered low risk and you’re cleared for sexual activity. (The release of hormones during sex is similar to those involved […]

Pumping More – the Milkshake and Other Tips You Need to Know

Want to pump more milk? Try the milkshake! We don’t mean the kind with whipped cream and a cherry on top (though we’re not opposed to you trying that, too.). This milkshake is a technique often used with the Marmet method of hand expression. Ever notice how milk flow stops and starts during a pumping […]

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Hands Free Pumping Bra

So what’s up with these hands free bras? Generally hands free bras are awesome, letting you have both hands available to hold your phone, have a snack or massage those lumps and plugged ducts (a method shown to get more milk!) Let us cut through the advertisements and promises on packages and give you the […]

Pumping on the Job

Many moms end breastfeeding sooner than they would like because they fear they’ll hit obstacles when returning to work. But with some planning and a few good tips, you can combine both. A few tips… 1. Don’t stress about pumping and introducing a bottle right away after birth. Give yourself and baby time to get […]

Can Blue Gatorade Increase Milk Supply?

Mmm..blue Gatorade. Tasty, but can it increase your milk supply? It’s been a tip that surges up from time to time on breastfeeding blogs and it’s coming up a lot again now. So what’s the what? We’ll try to clear up a few points here. 1. There’s no evidence that Gatorade of any flavor increases […]