Just when you thought giving birth was the hard part, you hit some serious breastfeeding hiccups (not the cute kind your baby makes after dinner). But as any new mother can attest, breastfeeding isn’t easy. In fact, you’ve probably wondered if it’s really worth the blood (yes, blood), sweat, and tears.
Looking for a place to hang with other breastfeeding moms and chat about the issues you're facing—without judgy glances? Baby Cafés, popular with European moms for years, are springing up across the U.S. Typically, they take over local community or children's centers, serve lattes and other hot bevvies, and are open one or more days a week.
A lot of things can come between you and your breastfeeding plan: an erratic schedule, lips that won’t latch, and chaffed nipples, to name a few. Enlisting the help of a lactation consultant, though, can seriously up your odds of hitting your breast-to-baby goals, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.
If you’re a new mom and nursing for the first time, pumping can seem downright daunting. But with a little planning and know-how, it’s easy to master the art of pumping—and to find the time to do it. Here, expert answers to the most common questions about expressing breast milk.
Q: I’m nursing my baby but am struggling with a low milk supply. Are there any natural ways to boost my production?
The Best for Babes Foundation is the only mainstream nonprofit dedicated to Beating the Breastfeeding Booby Traps(R)—the barriers that prevent millions of moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. Most moms want to and can breastfeed, they just need the right help to do it! Co-Founders Danielle Rigg and Bettina Forbes will be answering your questions in our live Facebook expert day breastfeeding chat about how navigate and avoid the Booby Traps—fr
During the last month of my maternity leave, I would go to the local mall just to get out of the house. I rarely left my apartment during the first two months of my son’s life, so by the time I was venturing out with him, we had a pretty solid breastfeeding routine.
Breastfeeding is, undeniably, one of nature’s most natural, instinctive and beautiful acts, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its fair share of challenges and questions. Here’s some confidence-building information that can keep you going when things get tough.
Q: Should I avoid gassy or spicy foods to help prevent gassiness in my baby?