Many women experience clogged milk ducts at some point in their breastfeeding journey. If addressed quickly, a clogged or plugged duct can be resolved relatively easily without medical treatment. In this piece, I’ll explain everything from what a milk duct is to what you can do to prevent or relieve a clogged duct.
If you’re a pumping mom – whether you pump exclusively, while away from your little one, or for the occasional night out – you work hard for every last ounce you pump, which means you probably cringe at spilling even a single drop of milk, much less having it spoil or go unused.
The newborn days will be tough, but preparation can go a long way. Since you will likely pump at some point during your feeding journey, we've put together a few pumping tips to know before your baby arrives. RN, Certified Lactation Counselor, and fellow mom Shantel Harlin shares some great ideas to make your transition into new motherhood a bit easier.
After exclusively pumping for a little over 12 months, pediatric nurse practitioner Bethaney Kaye has learned many lessons, some hard-won. To commemorate those 12 months, she put together 12 bits of advice to help you on your exclusive pumping journey.
Returning to work after having a baby can be challenging. You may be anxious about how you and your baby will handle the separation, and you may have questions about how you can best prepare for this transition. How can you keep up your milk supply? How should you store your breast milk? What supplies should you keep at work? Do you need extra supplies? To help you feel more prepared, we’ve put together an extensive list of items you might want in your pumping station at work, as well as a handy, printable checklist.
Pumping at work is no joke. From pumping between meetings (or classes or customers) to pumping on the commute to cleaning all the bottles and parts, pumping mamas are warriors. To make things a little easier on you, we’ve designed these super-cute, printable door hangers to let everyone know that mom is at work pumping.
When I found out I was pregnant, I was pretty sure I knew what motherhood would be like. I’m a teacher and have worked with children in some form or fashion for as long as I can remember. The oldest of three siblings, I started babysitting for other families at age 12. (What were they thinking letting a sixth-grader watch their toddlers?) I’d read the books on what to expect and truly felt that all my experience and knowledge had prepared me to raise a little one of my own.
Since pumping at work can be challenging and even a little intimidating at first, Shantel Harlin, a registered nurse, Certified Lactation Counselor, and fellow breastfeeding mom, put together some tips to help you feel like a pumping pro in no time.
Breastfeeding and pumping while traveling can feel daunting. Some babies roll with changes to their routine; other babies get distracted, tired, or anxious and nurse more or less frequently than usual. Whether you’re considering taking your breastfeeding baby on a vacation or you need to be away from him or her for a few days, we’ve put together some tips to help you plan a successful trip.
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.
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.
Every nursing or pumping mom knows the incredible hunger that comes with feeding a baby. Grazing on wholesome snacks throughout the day is a great way to satisfy your appetite. Eating a variety of nutritious whole foods will also help you stay healthy and energized. We pulled together some great snack suggestions and recipes, which we hope will make your nursing or pumping journey a bit easier.
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!
Pumping at work can be challenging, but so many of us do it anyway. We do it because we want to give our babies the best nutrients possible. We do it because we would be nursing our babies during the day if we were with them. We do it for any number of reasons, but at its core, pumping is an act of love. Acutely aware of how much support pumping moms may need when they return to work, we knew exactly where to find encouragement and advice: Kindred Bravely’s Facebook page. We asked these women what they wish they had known about pumping at work and pulled together some of their amazing responses.
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.
Whether you prefer full coverage, light support, or a style with versatility, the three most important aspects of choosing the right bra are fit, function, and feel. Some moms may find they’re comfortable using the same style bra day and night, but other women may need one style of bra sleeping or lounging and another for being more active.
While every mom’s breastfeeding journey is unique, many words and phrases make a sudden appearance in everyone’s new vocabulary. Some of these are easy to understand, others may be a little confusing. Here, we’ve compiled some of our favorite, most confusing, and most important words every nursing mom should know.
Like pregnancy and delivery, breastfeeding is a unique experience for every mom and child, and most moms (first-timers and veterans) have a lot of questions about breastfeeding. Here we’ve provided answers for some of the most frequently asked questions, as well as some incredible resources for more questions you might have.