In my work as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), I see many parents who doubt their ability to successfully provide breast milk for their babies. If you’re new to breastfeeding or you’ve done it before but can’t remember what those early weeks were like, read on for some tips to help you feel more at ease caring for your newborn.
Like every other aspect of motherhood, the breastfeeding journey is different for everyone. Some moms may find that nursing is easy right away, some may face discomfort and soreness in the initial weeks, and some may struggle for months to figure out the perfect latch. An easy routine may come quickly…or it may not. Regardless of the situation, there are things that can benefit all breastfeeding mamas. If your partner is breastfeeding or planning to, read on for some practical ways you can support her.
A mother’s breastfeeding journey is one of the most special bonding experiences she can have with her baby, but it’s not without its challenges. Even though there are legal protections for mothers to breastfeed their babies in public, there are too many news stories to count where these rights are violated. This World Breastfeeding Week, August 1–7, we encourage you to join your fellow breastfeeding moms at The Global Big Latch On, a series of events to promote and normalize breastfeeding and help breastfeeding moms find community.
Every year from August 1 to August 7, people around the globe celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). Coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), this annual campaign raises awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers and works to support breastfeeding mothers and to normalize the practice. Whether you’re a breastfeeding mom or you just want to show your support for breastfeeding, here are eight ways to celebrate WBW.
Since nearly one-third of deliveries in the US occur via cesarean section, it’s important that moms who plan to breastfeed are prepared no matter how they end up delivering. While giving birth isn’t typically easy (hence the term “labor”), C-sections add a whole new dynamic to delivery and breastfeeding for which many moms aren’t prepared.
When you first try to get your baby to latch, usually shortly after birth, you might discover that delivering your baby wasn’t the toughest part of your day. For some moms, bad latches, tongue-ties, inverted nipples, uncooperative milk supplies, and extreme fatigue can make the first few weeks of breastfeeding incredibly stressful. We hope our list of common breastfeeding challenges, and ways to address them, will help you on your breastfeeding journey.
Breast milk provides excellent overall protection from sickness, but many babies still come down with some sort of cold, virus, or infection within the first year of life. During an illness, it’s possible your child will be fussier at the breast. Even if nursing is a bit more challenging, it’s important to continue breastfeeding since breast milk may be the best medicine for your little one.
No matter how prepared you are for breastfeeding, once your baby arrives, you may have a lot of questions and concerns. Many moms wonder what position they should use for nursing, and while there is no right or wrong answer, there are a few common positions you might want to try.
Despite widespread support for the health benefits of nursing, many new moms find that the act of breastfeeding is not altogether welcome in some spaces. The internet is filled with stories of women who receive unsolicited advice and shaming from strangers when attempting to nurse outside of their homes. Understandably, no one wants to have to deal with this type of vitriol in public or at work, and the good news is you don’t have to! In this article, we’ve gathered the best information available about your rights when it comes to breastfeeding in public spaces, including pumping in your workplace. With a bit of planning and knowledge, you can confidently navigate breastfeeding in public.
When I read the new recommendations released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), I was excited by the proactive effort to reduce some of the challenges women experience postpartum, especially the early weeks, which “are a critical period for a woman and her infant, setting the stage for long-term health and well-being.” I was also encouraged by ACOG’s recognition of the challenges of the fourth trimester.
You've just finished nursing and put your little one in the bouncer so you can eat dinner yourself. As soon as you sit down, however, your baby begins to root and turn his or her head side to side, mouth open wide. You check the diaper...dry. Attempt another burp...no luck. It can't possibly be time to nurse again already, you may think, but in the world of newborns, it probably is! Your baby may be exhibiting a behavior known as cluster feeding, and although it can be exhausting, it’s completely normal.
To celebrate the launch of our patent-pending hands-free pumping and nursing bra, we wanted to share some of the breastfeeding stories we don’t often hear: the stories of pumping mamas. We hope these BraveMom stories and photos will encourage other pumping mamas and let them know they're not alone.
You may already know that breast milk is the perfect food for babies, providing them with all of the vital nutrition they need. But did you know that breast milk can come in many different colors? Rest assured, most variations in breast milk color are normal, even if they might seem slightly odd at first. To help you prepare, we’ve pulled together some explanations of the different milk colors you might encounter on your breastfeeding journey. And remember, you are exactly what your baby needs, and while these days, weeks, and months breastfeeding may sometimes be challenging, you’re perfectly designed for the job!
Breast milk is one of the greatest gifts you can give your baby. That’s why you pump during your lunch break or in the middle of the night and why you really do cry over spilled (or spoiled) milk. Since you devote so much of yourself to pumping milk for your baby, you want to make sure you’re storing and using it correctly. We put together some answers to the breast milk storage questions we get most often. We hope this information will help you give your baby all the nutrients your amazing body has produced.
Affirmations and mantras are great ways to infuse positive self-talk into our breastfeeding journeys. In this article, we'll share 15 of our favorite breastfeeding affirmations (downloadable). Whisper them, shout them, sing them to your baby, dance to them, repeat them over and over in your head -- every little bit of positivity helps.
Most moms know about the benefits of breastfeeding, but what about the reasons moms stop nursing? Around 80% of moms in the US begin breastfeeding their newborns, but only about a third of them are still nursing by the time their babies turn one. Why do they stop?
As a new mom, I quickly learned there were two absolute must-haves for me: comfortable clothes and a caring community. I was fortunate to find several encouraging mom groups that were local to me: Stroller Strides, MOPs, and most importantly, a breastfeeding support group, but I knew several women who didn’t have those resources close to them.
From the time I found out I was pregnant with my first, there was no doubt in my mind that I would breastfeed. As a mom-to-be, I already wanted to provide my baby with the best quality everything, so I read everything I could on the subject. Positions, signs of a good latch, how to tell my baby was getting enough. Nothing prepared me for the pain.