What you need to know about breastfeeding during the spread of Coronavirus. If you are due to have a baby soon or are currently breastfeeding, chestfeeding, or bottle feeding an infant, you likely have a lot of questions about how to and keep them safe. While there are still plenty of unknowns about COVID-19, the CDC has released guidelines with best practices for parents who are nursing. Continue Reading Breastfeeding during Coronavirus
When I became pregnant with my daughter I fantasized about breastfeeding her. I imagined myself in a sun-drenched, mossy field wearing a flower crown with a perfectly latched baby at my breast. I was resistant to buying bottles or a breast pump because I knew I wouldn’t need them. Other moms might need to pump and bottle feed, but not me. I had heard the stories about the difficulties of breastfeeding but that wasn’t going to be my experience. I had read every book that Ina May had written and I was ready for my magical, effortless breastfeeding experience. Continue Reading A Cross-Generational Exploration of Breastfeeding
Preparing for a baby involves making many decisions, including whether a baby nurse, postpartum doula, or family members will support you after the baby’s birth. The postpartum period, often now called “the fourth trimester,” is a time historically when people in all cultures were cared for by close family and friends from the time of birth through the baby’s first 30-40 days. Continue Reading What is the difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse?
When it comes to introducing solid foods to your baby there’s really no right or wrong way to go about it. You may have an idea of how you’ll approach baby’s first bites, whether that’s spoon-feeding purees or baby-led feeding, but in the end it’s more about following your baby’s lead (verses your agenda, like most things in motherhood!), embracing the mess, and nurturing positive eating habits. There are, however, a few important things to keep in mind as you move through this milestone that can help promote your baby’s development and long-term nutritious eating behaviors. Continue Reading Baby Introduction to Solids: Nutrients to focus on 6-12 months
The lactation professional helps the new mom breastfeed in a more comfortable way. First, she places a pillow under the baby, so that the person can relax. She then places a baby blanket in between the baby and pillow to give a little bit extra support. Finally, she adds a thick burp cloth under baby’s head to provide additional support. Adjusting the position can significantly improve breastfeeding pain too. So ideally 1) position yourself comfortably (your back, your arms, your baby), 2) position baby close to you, 3) support your breast and then latch your baby onto your breast. Note: every situation is different and struggling breastfeeding parents should seek professional help as early as possible. Watch our video below: Continue Reading Adjusting the breastfeeding position
The Lactation Consultant matched by boober assesses the baby’s suck. She patiently holds the baby and allows the baby to suck on her gloved finger so that she can feel how the tongue’s functionality. She can feel that the tongue is getting more tired.
Note: every situation is different and struggling breastfeeding parents should seek professional help as early as possible. Watch our video below: Continue Reading How a Lactation Consultant assesses the baby’s suck
From the Team at DadsAdventure.com, whose mission is to see all dads go from anxious to excited about forming a strong family with mom. Dads play a big part in shaping their baby’s development and well-being, and they play a major role in mom’s well-being, too. Studies show dads who are actively supportive in this realm play a big part in mom’s breastfeeding success. Here’s how: Continue Reading 10 Ways Dad Can Support You in Breastfeeding
New mom bottlefeeds pumped breastmilk to her baby. Cori, the Lactation Counselor (and a boober vetted provider), reminds the mother in the background to tip the bottle slightly when the baby begins to suck in air in order to be sure to keep milk in the nipple tip, so baby doesn’t swallow air. Mother practices “paced bottlefeeding” sitting baby as upright as possible and watching her cues. Continue Reading Best position to bottle feed
breastfeeding with bigger breasts Milk supply is driven by stimulation at the breast. As the lactation counselor (and boober provider) says in this video to the new mom who is trying to build her milk supply, “You can’t breastfeed too much. You can breastfeed too little.” Creating more stimulation is key to successful breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a demand and supply… Continue Reading How to build milk supply with stimulation at the breast
New parents typically have many questions about pumping, including what type of breast pump to get, how long to pump for, and how much expressed milk should go into each bottle. This post will answer all of these questions, as well as providing a comprehensive guide to introducing pumping into your feeding routine. Continue Reading How to Pump Breastmilk?