World Breastfeeding Week 2013: Resources and Support

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Here at EverydayFamily we're talking about breastfeeding every day. We're talking about everything from  insurance coverage for breast pumps to tips for nursing bridesmaids. We're discussing the emotional side of what breastfeeding means and the practical side of how to reduce engorgement. We want to support ALL mothers – and we're focused on providing great resources and information for those who are and those who plan on breastfeeding. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we've collected articles and blogs on some of the most pressing concerns we hear from our breastfeeding mothers. Want more? Tell us what you want to hear in the comments!

Latching On

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How the baby latches on to the breast is one of the most important ingredients in the breastfeeding relationship. How the baby latches on affects mom and baby. A good latch benefits baby because it enables him/her to suckle effectively, drawing out an adequate amount of milk from the breast. A good latch benefits mom because it helps reduce the risk of sore and chewed nipples, bleeding nipples, raw nipples, and chafed nipples (from the baby’s mouth causing friction against the nipple, and/or the baby pulling on the nipple with his/her mouth – trying feverishly to get milk from the breast due to improper latch).

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 Staying Healthy

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While there is no special diet for nursing mothers, some dietary considerations for breastfeeding mothers include attention to caloric intake and a commitment to adhering to a well balanced diet. To ensure you and your baby are receiving proper nutrition, pay attention to the following:

{ MORE: Continue reading Nutrition for Nursing Mothers }

 Sore Nipples

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Unfortunately, a common problem during breastfeeding is sore nipples. Your nipples may become tender when you begin to breastfeed your baby. While most cases of nipple tenderness only last a day or so, if your child sucks vigorously or he or she is positioned incorrectly when they are breastfeeding, you may experience continual tenderness and cracking. There are, fortunately, some ways you can avoid sore nipples as well as manage nipple soreness.

{ MORE:  Continue reading Avoiding and Managing Sore Nipples }

 Lactation Consultants

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Image via Flickr / David Veksler

When my water broke, I had three best friends.  When my contractions began, I had three best friends.  When I arrived at the hospital, when my baby was delivered, and when they stitched up my belly from my c section, I had the same three best friends.  But when it came time to nurse my son for the very first time, I broke up with all of them and gave an entire life’s worth of love and devotion to another woman.

The lactation consultant.

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 Working and Breastfeeding

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As a working mom, one of the hardest challenges of breastfeeding was returning to work and establishing an efficient pumping routine. With both of my boys, I pumped while working for the first year of their life. That’s countless hours spent listening to the hum of my pump, while liquid gold flowed or sometimes trickled into sanitized bottles. Along the way, I have found a few products and routines that helped me survive pumping sessions – here are four:

 Breastfeeding Cravings

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Oooo, I could really go for an ice cream cone right now!” I said to my husband, rubbing my belly in anticipation. 

“Heath? Maybe chocolate? I don’t know, but I’m craving one soo badly right now!” I continued as he looked at me quizzically. 

See, the thing is, sometimes I have major ice cream cravings.

But I’m not pregnant .

{ MORE:  Continue reading Can You Have Breastfeeding Cravings? }

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 Misconceptions

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There are so many misconceptions about breast milk production and ensuring adequate supply. Let’s look at a few.

A woman with small breasts won’t be able to make enough milk. Did you know that there is a bra size called “Nearly A”? I do – because I wore it. And I managed to nurse one baby who was over 9lbs at birth and twins. So – don’t believe this one!

 Making it Work

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Image via Dagmar Bleasdale

As a new mom, the thing I was most looking forward to was breastfeeding my baby. I had a romantic notion about the bond we both would have, and I was determined to feed my son the milk that was intended for him, not formula.

But like most moms, I struggled to learn to breastfeed him correctly in a way that wouldn’t hurt so much and in a way that he would get enough milk to be satisfied.

{ MORE:  Continue reading 4 Tips for Making Breastfeeding Work }

 Breastfeeding a Toddler

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends all children are breastfed to two years and beyond. In our culture this is rare, with most children being weaned before the age of one. As a mother, it can be hard to go against the grain, but there are some very good reasons to continue to breastfeed your toddler.

{ MORE:  Continue reading Breastfeeding a Toddler }

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Nursing in Public

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It’s disgusting. It’s indecent. Can you believe she would just whip it out like that? I don’t want my child/husband/dog to see that!

Ah yes, reaction to the ever-so-controversial idea of nursing in public. Why the controversy? Apparently it is a difficult step to get past breasts as sexual objects and see them for their primary intended purpose – providing sustenance and nutrition to the young. The reasons and implications of that could take up plenty of time and space, but today that isn’t my goal.  Right now, I’m here to offer you tips for nursing in public.

{ MORE:  Continue reading 5 Tips for Nursing in Public }

Keeping Track

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Our breastfeeding and diaper changing log will help you document that oh so important information about your baby. Be sure to bring the logs with you to your baby’s checkups so you can easily tell the doctor about your baby’s eating and waste patterns.

{ MORE:  Get your copy of our Breastfeeding and Diaper Change Log }

Want to know even more? Start with our Breastfeeding 101 course

What do you still want to know about breastfeeding? 

{Related: Potty Training Tips: When Potty Training and Breastfeeding Collide}

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World Breastfeeding Week 2013: Resources and Support

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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14 comments

  1. Patty says:

    To Calista. By the way… I nursed my baby for two years. It was a truly blessed experience.
    Patty Shay

  2. Calista says:

    I am currently breastfeeding my daughter and I’ve tried a bunch of different tips but just can’t seem to make enough milk for her does any one have something that’s not as commonly know to help with milk production.

    • Patty says:

      Oh yes!! I know the trick. I, too, couldn’t seem to keep my baby satisfied. I began taking brewers yeast tablets. It worked so well for my baby and me, that I was able to nurse as well as fill bottles for our local Children’s Hospital. It helped me feel good about all I am capable of, and improved the quality of my family’s lives, as well as the lives of babies and parents we helped by sharing our breast milk. Please try it. I took as many as eight tablets at once. It didn’t seem to hurt me, no matter how many times a day I took it. If we all needed more milk, I just took more tablets. I got my information from our local Children’s Hospital. Good luck and God Bless You!!

    • jessica says:

      Calista
      Drink lots & lots of water. Ive noticed in myself that when I dont drink the amount of water I should be drinking I dont produce what I need. Breast milk is made up of 87% of water. I drink other fluids tho to mix things up like juices or milk. Just watch out for the caffeinated drinks. Too much caffeine will make the baby wired up. If your unsure whats safe to drink or not just look it up in a book or online or ask your doctor. As a mother of 2 breastfed boys its been a great joy breastfeeding. Hope all works out for you!

  3. Corey Ann says:

    I have been breastfeeding my son for 14 months and am thinking bout weening, anyone have any advice? Love doing it but I think its bout time I get my bed and sleep back

  4. Marcilyne says:

    I’ve been nursing my son for 10 months now and I love it! My favorite is late at night when he’s sleepy and we both fall asleep with him in my arms and his leg on my waist. I know it’s benefiting him and it makes me happy that my body can function this way. I encourage all Mothers who can to give it a try…it’s especially adorable when your baby looks up with those big beautiful baby eyes and he/she is studying your face and they reach their tiny hand out to touch you. Priceless!

  5. KITTYNOLAND says:

    I desperately want to breastfeed my next child but how? I’m on medication for lupus… I have a 1 year old son and he was formula fed, I hate that but I didn’t want him receiving heavy duty medication…? I find no resources that can help aside from charging my husband and I so much

    • KITTYNOLAND,
      As a preliminary step, you can see what your medications are ranked as in LactMed: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT It is a database that contains information on the research regarding the safety of mediactions during breastfeeding. Then you should absolutely follow up with your OB or pediatrician to ask more questions on the safety of nursing while on your meds. Many times it is possible and safe – and a little research can answer those questions for you. Best of luck!

    • marisa says:

      You should contact La Leche League asap. Their website can direct you to a leader near you, and they give you free information on medication vs. benefit of breast milk. I have Ulcerative Colitis and get treated with a Remicade infusion every 8 weeks. All my doctors said no I cannot breastfeed because of the medicine, but after LLL gave me actual information on the drug and how its absorbed/passed through the milk I made the decision that I could nurse. My baby girl was born 2 weeks ago, she is healthy I am healthy and breastfeeding is going great! best of luck, hope they can help.

  6. lenzo says:

    Breast milk is the best for baby. As an expectant mother of twin boys, I plan on breast feeding. After reading this article, i’m about to search for some breastfeeding 101 classes and find me a new best friend (the lactation consultant).

  7. EbyMom says:

    No doubt that breat milk is the best food you can give your baby. No preparation required. Just feed your baby.

  8. Phammom says:

    All great articles!

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