Featured on Fearless Formula Feeder!

I had the wonderful opportunity to write about my birth experience with my daughter for The Fearless Formula Feeder Friday post. Here is a portion of the post. To read the whole entry please go here. Punished because I Formula Feed I have read so many stories about hospitals that push women to formula feed their babies and how nurses/hospitals need to be more supportive of women … Continue reading Featured on Fearless Formula Feeder!

How to Pump and Store Breast Milk

Pumping: Pump 3-4 hours after you last nursed the baby. Wash your hands. Use clean equipment. Adjust the pump setting on low to start.  Then, increase it to your comfort level. Wet the horn with water or a few drops of breast milk. Center your nipple in the horn, don’t let the nipple rub. Pull the plunger gently about half way out for the first … Continue reading How to Pump and Store Breast Milk

Tips on Relieving Engorgement

Engorgement, or extreme fullness of the breasts, which causes an uncomfortable feeling, is not uncommon.  There are things you can do to prevent or relieve engorged breasts.  If your breast are engorged, you should still breastfeed or pump milk from your breasts. Breastfeed often Use a warm compress just before nursing. Massage your breasts. Express a small amount of milk.  The milk softens the breast … Continue reading Tips on Relieving Engorgement

Tips for Drying up your Milk

At some point, for every mother, the breast-milk will need to dry up.  Sometimes it dries up on its own and other times it takes some work to dry up the breast-milk.  In the process, painful engorgement can occur. Below are some tips that I have found helpful to dry up your milk or, at least, to make the process a little easier. Cabbage Leaves:  … Continue reading Tips for Drying up your Milk

Moms to Moms: Breastfeeding- Dealing with Pain

–  Hot and cold compresses, message, and hand express for pain and pressure, also lanolin cream for the nipple when it’s feeling “dry and raw.” (Theresa Monfet) -Warm wash clothes on help relieve some of the pain. (Brooke Dhawan) -Make sure that your baby is latched properly. -Nurse on the less sore breast first. -Make sure to break suction before taking your baby off the breast. -Use breast milk to … Continue reading Moms to Moms: Breastfeeding- Dealing with Pain

Tips on Removing the Bottle

– Let them swap out the bottle for a new toy – Let them pick out their own sippy cup – Give them a regular cup like Mommy and Daddy – Offer milk in a cup instead of a bottle – Gradually replace each bottle with a cup, only replacing one bottle a week, until all bottles are sippy cup – Leave the nighttime bottle to last to … Continue reading Tips on Removing the Bottle

Is Breastfeeding Really as Cheap as They Say?

Breastfeeding is what is best for the baby, but it isn’t always 100% free.  For some mothers it is as easy as taking out your breast and feeding your baby, but for some mothers it isn’t as easy or cheap. A mother comes home from the hospital with cracked dry and hard nipples; she may need cooling nipple pads to help relieve the pain.  She … Continue reading Is Breastfeeding Really as Cheap as They Say?

This Works for Me: Feeding your infant

Pre-package formula into small ziplock bags, so it is ready to go.  Keep a few extra packages in the diaper bag for those just in case times. For babies, pre-package a serving of oatmeal into small ziplock bags.  Keep a few extra packages in the diaper bag for those just in case times, that way you have something to feed your baby besides a bottle. … Continue reading This Works for Me: Feeding your infant