If you've ever taken my online breastfeeding class, then you've probably seen this statistic:
The #1 reason a woman gives up breastfeeding is because she thinks she isn't making enough milk.
Why is that??? Well..... one of the top reasons a mom thinks she's not making enough milk is because she doesn't understand what her baby is trying to communicate. The great news is newborns are actually excellent communicators, if you know how to interpret their language that is. In this blog we're going to talk about the 3 most important cues your baby uses to communicate, that could just save your breastfeeding relationship.
I bet you've heard that sleeping with your baby is dangerous, that you shouldn't do it. We've all seen the "Back to Sleep" campaign, which says the only safe place for your baby to sleep is flat on their back, in a crib. And you know what? For many, this is actually true, HOWEVER, it can be safe to sleep next to your baby if you follow ALL of the rules.......
Working and pumping makes you feel over the top burned out! Am I right?
Dragging baby to day care. Pumping. Working. Working. Pumping. Coming home to make dinner. Nursing. Pumping. Nursing. Bed time routing.
When do you get time for you??? If you're not practicing regular self care, you will crash and burn, momma!
In this podcast episode we are talking all about realistic, unselfish ways to add self care into your every day. We are going to help you recharge, regroup, and fill your cup so you can keep going like the superwoman you are!!!
“Do I need to pump and dump?” I hear this question countless times a week from concerned moms who get conflicting (or sometimes just plain wrong) information about what’s safe for a breastfeeding baby.
But this week, I heard something I’d never heard before! A massage therapist told a breastfeeding mom she’d need to pump and dump after getting a massage to clear out toxins.
Kelly suggested I write a blog post about some of the common reasons moms (and doctors, and dentists, and pharmacists, and apparently massage therapists) think they need to throw out their milk.
Are you breastfeeding and have been told to give up dairy? This advice may have come from your doctor, a good friend, or another breastfeeding momma. I hear this advice given regularly as a solution to solve certain symptoms in babies- especially in mom groups!
As a lactation expert, this is one of the most frustrating pieces of advice people give to my clients. Gassy baby? Give up dairy! Baby spits up? Give up dairy! Fussy baby? Give up dairy!
Giving up dairy seems to be the "cure all" to everything these days- when it's actually usually NOT the answer.
As a lactation expert I am sometimes baffled by the breastfeeding myths out there! In my online community I hear about the advice and suggestions given to breastfeeding moms, and *boom* my mind is blown. Sometimes the myths are just laughable, other times the myths seem helpful, but could actually be really damaging to breastfeeding.
With all of the information online, it can be hard to differentiate between myth and reality. Hopefully this list of the Top Ten Breastfeeding Myths will help you I have compiled this list to bring truth to some of the myths I hear most commonly from the moms in my community.
Have you ever heard that breastfeeding shouldn't hurt?
Well, it shouldn't! It should be comfortable, but it isn't always at first for everyone. Almost every breastfeeding mom reports nipple pain in the beginning of breastfeeding. That being said, just because it is common DOES NOT mean it is normal!!! Breastfeeding is not meant to hurt. Pain is a sign that something isn't right, and almost always, that something is baby's positioning is off.
You've been dreaming about the day your baby is born, and holding him in your arms. You've probably also been dreaming about breastfeeding. At the very least you thought breastfeeding would come naturally. Breastfeeding is supposed to be natural, after all, right?
Well, unfortunately, what is natural doesn't always come natural to us. There are many hurdles that can interfere with breastfeeding. Birth interventions, separation after birth, premature delivery, or traumatic birth are just a few circumstances that would cause a baby not to latch at the breast. Sometimes, without any obvious reasons, baby will struggle to come onto the breast too. The BEST thing you can do is seek expert lactation support (which you can find here) and follow the advice in the video below!
Breastfeeding is hard! Don't do it alone!
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Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms
Virtually anyone can breastfeed! All you really need is the right knowledge, and support!
Here is some of that knowledge, and some of my best tips I share with my clients!
One of the most common complaints among new nursing moms is that their baby is ALWAYS NURSING! They feel like a 24/7 milk factory, and find that their baby isn't happy unless on the breast. While it's true that there is never a wrong time to offer the breast, and I do FULLY ENCOURAGE you to nurse your baby often (at least 8 times every 24 hours!) there are likely times when your baby is trying to tell you that they ACTUALLY NEED SOMETHING ELSE.
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE