Tag Archives: nursing

New mom support group

I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’m back again to talk about nursing and how very, very hard it is for me. With all four kids I’ve given it my best effort, and all four times I’ve spent … Continue reading

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Let’s take a drive

I have no ability to comprehend how eight weeks have already gone by. On the one hand it seems like just yesterday I was writing blog posts about how I was going to be pregnant forever. And on the other … Continue reading

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Nursing woes

I hate nursing. Hate it. I am horrible at it, and I hate it. I don’t think I’ve ever tried harder to do something that I suck worse at. Despite the fact that I’ve nursed each of my babies for … Continue reading

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Flying solo

This past weekend was one for the books. I decided to surprise my sister-in-law Ebony at her baby sprinkle in Florida. With some careful coordination with both my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, Ebony’s mom and my husband, I sneakily booked a flight … Continue reading

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From boob to bottle

Fifty shades of beige. My closet looks like a pop-up Victoria Secret store with every shape and size bra available. One difference? I love wearing white tops—silk, cotton, and wool get equal rotation—and so my closet VS collection contains mostly boring, … Continue reading

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On breastfeeding

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of February. My baby boy is no longer a newborn and hasn’t been one for sometime now, but I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that in less … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day sniffles

It seems as though round two of sniffles has attacked our entire household. Anaïs came home from school with a cough, which prompted me to stock up on antioxidant rich foods to try to nip any illnesses in the bud. … Continue reading

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Teething troubles

For those of you who have little ones, I’m pretty sure we can all agree that teething is no joke. It’s never a fun time for any involved parties, and the only thing we can do is persevere and power … Continue reading

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When to wean

Now that we’re nearing Graham’s first birthday, I’m seriously plotting my strategy for weaning Graham from breastfeeding. It’s been real, but, sweet baby boy, I am done! Not only is little G going to lose his boob privileges soon, but … Continue reading

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New year, new adventure

This time last year I was unwrapping gifts of tiny newborn clothes, swaddling blankets, car seats and more at my sweet baby showers. I was waddling around anxiously waiting for baby Graham’s due date, totally and completely unaware of what … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Nonstop nursing

My newborn nurses all day long, and it feels like the only thing I do anymore. Please tell me this isn’t forever, is it? A: Newborns do take a really long time to eat, and they eat around the clock. Common … Continue reading

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Win it: Premama

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Keri (TX)! Attention breastfeeding mamas: Whether you’re trying to build up your milk stash or struggling to meet your babe’s daily demand for the good stuff, insufficient milk supply is a common concern among … Continue reading

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Win it: Cake Maternity

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Alberto (CA) and Max (CA)! Becoming a mother shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for function or comfort—you still want to wear a bra that looks as good as it feels, even as … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Nursing and nutrition

Q: Between caring for a newborn and being completely sleep-deprived (see: caring for a newborn), I don’t exactly have the time or energy to whip up fresh and healthy homemade meals for myself. I am breastfeeding, though, so I want … Continue reading

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Nursing necessities

1.  Itzy Ritzy breastfeeding scarf, $25 You’ll be in fine feather with a chic scarf that doubles as a nursing cover. 2. Birds & Bees Teas lactation tea, $18 Natural herbs keep mama’s milk supply flowing strong. 3. Benbini watch, … Continue reading

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A roadmap to breastfeeding

It’s seldom easy, sometimes challenging and almost always worth it in the end. If you’re trying to breastfeed your babe and struggling to find your footing on this new path, know you’re not alone. We’ve all been there, and we’ve … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Breathing during breastfeeding

Q: When my baby is breastfeeding, is it normal for his nose to press against my breast? I worry about his breathing and wonder if there’s anything I should be doing differently. A: Many women become concerned about baby’s breathing during breastfeeding. When a baby has latched on … Continue reading

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Milk composition

The composition of your milk changes to meet your baby’s needs at every age and stage. (For example, the milk a mother produces when her baby is two days old is different from the milk she produces when baby is … Continue reading

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The lactation diet

All moms know how important it is to eat well during pregnancy, but once baby arrives, the focus on food often fades away. However, if you’re a nursing mama, what you eat now is just as important as what you ate … Continue reading

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Breastfeed where?

We’re four kids deep, so this is my fourth go-round with breastfeeding. You name it, I’ve probably nursed a baby there. In the car, at the park and at various sporting events? Absolutely. On the beach in Hawaii? Oh yeah. … Continue reading

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This week’s Win its!

Get excited, mamas! It’s your lucky week—we’ve upped your odds of claiming a fabulous freebie with two Win its, for a total value of more than $500 in prizes. Click below to toss your name into the hat for a chance to win … … a … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding and the ACA

No matter your insurance, tucked away within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a clause that is revolutionizing breastfeeding for new and expectant mothers. Now more than ever you have support and services at your disposal, and it can change … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding for rookies

After months of pregnancy and hours of labor, you finally did it. You gave birth to a baby—and a hungry one at that. Luckily, you’re equipped with everything you need to feed your new little bundle of joy, with the … Continue reading

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So long, suckers

Whether you’ve loved every minute of it, slowly come to enjoy it, or simply powered through it, at some point breastfeeding will come to an end. Knowing when and how to begin the weaning process is not necessarily intuitive, but … Continue reading

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Breast is best

Every new mom wants to give her babe the best possible start in life. And it turns out, all babe really needs to score a boost is you. Breastfeeding your newborn exclusively offers her numerous benefits, including natural protection against … Continue reading

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What you need to know about breastfeeding

The most common question that follows the ever-popular, “When are you due?” and “Do you know what you’re having?” is a prompt to begin a debate: “Are you going to breastfeed?” The dispute over breast vs. bottle has caused more … Continue reading

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A breastfeeding survival story

My sister-in-law, who nursed all six of her children, never told anyone to give up on breastfeeding … until I came along. Even with all her coaching and encouragement, I was so emotional and stressed that she said, “You know, … Continue reading

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Busted!

Pregnant women and new mothers sometimes feel like magnets for unsolicited advice. A trip to the grocery store or a walk to the mailbox can turn into a lesson in feeding, diapering or the all-sacred infant sleep schedule. Since every … Continue reading

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Road Test: Need to feed

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Breastfeeding positions

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The scoop on formula

Sometimes life decides to throw you unexpected curves. That’s exactly what happened when my water broke at 32 weeks, followed by a premature delivery at 34 weeks. During the three days it took my milk to come in, my baby … Continue reading

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Nursing 911

Welcome to the world of nursing! If this is your first baby, you probably feel like you’re in uncharted territory, and for good reason. Breastfeeding may be “the most natural thing in the world” according to many a well-intentioned veteran … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding: The first 72 hours

Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it comes naturally. Many breastfeeding moms will tell you that the first days are the hardest: You and your baby are both learning, and your body is adapting to its new demands. Establishing … Continue reading

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5 steps to lose the baby weight

I was in shock—shock, I tell you—when I walked out of the hospital still looking pregnant. I figured once my 8-pound, 6-ounce baby had left my body, I would no longer look like I was smuggling a basketball in my … Continue reading

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Top breastfeeding FAQs: Answered

Does breastfeeding hurt? While it can be uncomfortable at first (mainly due to sore nipples and engorgement), nursing should not be painful. If you have been breastfeeding for several weeks and are still experiencing pain, your baby is probably not … Continue reading

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Is there a limit to how many times you can reheat a bottle of breast milk?

First, you should always make sure to put any unused breast milk in the fridge within a half hour after your baby has stopped feeding. If you let the milk sit around longer than that, bacteria can start forming due … Continue reading

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Is it OK to use over-the-counter retinol creams or at-home peels while you are breastfeeding?

To err on the side of caution, we recommend staying away from any products that contain retinol. If you find yourself unsure of whether or not a certain product is safe, it is always a good idea to check the … Continue reading

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Guilt trip

Q: I love breastfeeding my son and am so grateful for our time together. However, sometimes I find myself feeling resentful. Am I a bad mom? What should I do? A: The first thing you should do is realize that … Continue reading

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No-brainer breastfeeding: A comprehensive guide for new moms

Breastfeeding has many benefits, but like most things worth doing, it can also have many challenges. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed through their first birthdays; however, studies report that while 75 percent of new moms … Continue reading

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Lacey’s breastfeeding experiences

“As a woman who has two children and had two entirely different nursing experiences, I know that there is more than one side to the breastfeeding story. When my oldest was born, I gave nursing an honest shot. For four … Continue reading

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How-to tips for new nursers

Start pronto Although your milk doesn’t arrive for three to five days after your baby, try breastfeeding as soon as you meet your bundle of joy. It’s a great bonding experience, and your body is producing colostrum that your baby … Continue reading

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How to pick the right breast pump for you

Being a milkmaid can be a pretty tough gig. While breastfeeding is fabulous and fun, even the most saintly mothers can find themselves seriously craving a break from the boob. When looking for a breast pump to meet your needs, … Continue reading

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