Archive for the ‘Breastfeeding’ Category

3 Tips to Help You Prepare to Breastfeed

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

3 Tips to Help You Prepare to Breastfeed

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, nothing can prepare you for the shock of becoming a mother. However, there are some tips and tricks that will help you make the transition from pregnant mom-to-be to breastfeeding-badass.

1. Take a class

Whether it’s online or at the hospital, taking a breastfeeding class can make a huge difference in the level of confidence you feel when you start nursing. Here are some important things you will learn at a breastfeeding class:

  • Different hold positions and how they should look
  • What shape a baby’s mouth should look like before attempting to latch
  • What a good latch should look and feel like
  • Important vocabulary such as: latch, let down, engorgement, and more

Having this knowledge in your back pocket will make the entire breastfeeding experience feel less scary and more familiar as you navigate being a new mom and learning to breastfeed. Read More

Breastfeeding While Pregnant

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

For those brave mamas who are thinking about becoming pregnant while your first is still nursing, you may end up breastfeeding and pregnant at the same time! This is a lot for your body to handle. However, it’s been done by millions of women before and is definitely doable. Here are a few of our favorite tips to make nursing while pregnant as comfortable as possible.

Try different breastfeeding positions to make it more comfortable to nurse while pregnant

1. Try different breastfeeding positions

If you are used to breastfeeding with your baby on your lap, that may not work for much longer. Read More

How Breastfeeding Affects Fertility

Monday, November 11th, 2019

How Breastfeeding Affects Fertility

There are a lot of rumors swirling around out there about how breastfeeding can affect fertility. We are here to clear up all those misconceptions so that you can be in charge of growing your family at the right time for you.

Can I Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding?

The #1 question a lot of new moms ask is if they can get pregnant while breastfeeding. The answer is — yes. It is definitely possible. While breastfeeding can inhibit ovulation, it doesn’t always work that way, so it’s important to assume that you can get pregnant. Read More

6 Surprising Things About Having a Baby

Friday, October 25th, 2019

6 Surprising Things About Having a Baby

Having a baby is a shock. Literally. You will be shocked by how much love you feel, how much work there is, and how different your life is.

Here are six things that we think are very surprising about having a baby.

1.  How much bodily fluid there is

This includes from both mother and child. When you wake up and your shirt and sheets are soaked, your first thought will be — is that breastmilk, urine, or blood. Read More

How to Make Breastfeeding Enjoyable

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

How to Make Breastfeeding Enjoyable

The truth about breastfeeding is that even though it can be a powerful bonding experience, very few people actually call it enjoyable. The cracked nipples, midnight feeds, and loss of freedom are just a couple reasons why many new moms find breastfeeding to be challenging.

However, there is definitely joy in breastfeeding. The snuggles, the skin-to-skin contact, the feeling that you are able to provide sustenance to your child when nobody else can — those are all reasons to celebrate breastfeeding and embrace the joy it provides. Read More

What to Do if Weaning Your Baby is Emotional

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

What to Do if Weaning Your Baby is Emotional

When the time has come to wean your baby, not only are there physical considerations which we talked about here, but there will also be A LOT of emotions.

Each time I weaned one of my babies, I felt equal parts relief and a deep sadness. For me, weaning meant that their baby stage was over and they were turning into little people. I also felt like I was taking something away from them that brought them a lot of comfort. Read More

How to Store and Freeze Breastmilk

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

When I started pumping for my first baby, I enjoyed looking at all that milk in my fridge so much that even if my little one didn’t eat it, I didn’t freeze it. It felt like such an accomplishment to have pumped so much milk and I liked seeing it every day.

Then a few days after I’d started pumping, I realized by not paying attention to when I’d pumped I had wasted so many ounces of milk!! It was so demoralizing. Read More

The Most Useful Supplies for Pumping Moms

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

The Most Useful Supplies for Pumping Moms

A common misperception amongst moms who pump is all you need is a pump and some grit and you’ll be good to go. A minimalist at heart, when I first started pumping I decided I would invest in as few things as possible. The way I saw it, this was a finite time in my life, I didn’t plan to pump more than a year per child, and I didn’t want to be stuck with a bunch of things I didn’t need when it was all over. Read More

Our Five Favorite Tips for Boosting Milk Supply

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Our Five Favorite Tips for Boosting Milk Supply

What is more frustrating than wanting to breastfeed and not having enough milk? When my son, Max, was just a few days old I took him in for a weight check. With my other two babies, they didn’t have any trouble gaining the weight back, so I went into this appointment feeling confident. I was assuming I’d hear what I heard before, “your baby has regained his birth weight, go home and pat yourself on the back.” Read More

How to Pump the Most Milk in the Shortest Time

Monday, June 17th, 2019

How to Pump the Most Amount of Milk in the Shortest Amount of Time

The goal of the pumping mama is to get as much milk as possible in the shortest amount of time as possible. The less time you spend attached to your pump, the more freedom you have. And the more milk you pump, the less you have to worry about having enough for your babe.

When I was a pumping, working mama, I would try to time myself to get 8oz in 15 minutes. Read More

The Importance of a Free Breast Pump

Monday, May 20th, 2019

The Importance of a Free Breast Pump

When I was a brand-new mom, I knew that breastfeeding was something I wanted to try. I had no idea that I would fall in love with it. Having my little baby cuddled in my arms getting all the sustenance they needed made me feel powerful and strong. I also didn’t know how important pumping would become to my ability to continue on with my pre-baby life when I felt ready.

With my first two babies, I went back to work when they were 12-weeks-old. Read More

About Spectra Breast Pumps

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Spectra Breast Pumps Covered By Insurance

We’ve been hard at work talking to pumping and nursing mamas about their pumps and which ones they love. We first talked about Medela and today we’re going to talk about why Spectra breast pumps are among the most popular pumps on the market.

Spectra breast pumps extract milk equally as well as any pump on the market. Here are a few reasons that nursing moms love these pumps:

1. Spectra breast pumps are very quiet and lightweight

What is great about Spectra breast pumps is they are much quieter than other pumps. Read More