breastfeeding


Different Ways to Use Your Breastfeeding Pillows in Different Positions (Facebook Live)

Saturday, February 25, 2017 By Brian

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What is Colostrum?

Friday, January 27, 2017 By Nina Spears
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Around your third month of pregnancy, and continuing through the early days of breastfeeding, your breasts will produce colostrum, a special type of breastmilk for your newborn baby. But what exactly is colostrum? Colostrum is the first type of milk that your breasts make. It is a thick and sticky liquid that has a yellowish to orange color. During the last few months of pregnancy, you may even begin to leak a small amount of this thick yellowish substance. But do not worry if you are seeing this sooner or aren’t seeing any at all. Some women start to leak earlier and some women…

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What I Learned from My Struggle with Breastfeeding

Monday, January 23, 2017 By Cheyenne Bell

Let me start by saying: I am a HUGE proponent of breastfeeding. I believe in it and support it 110%. I nursed my daughter for 16 months and my son for 14 months. There were many aspects of breastfeeding that I adored, like the bond it created between my children and I and the satisfaction I had in knowing I alone could nourish my child. But I will be the first person to admit that there were also a great number of things that I disliked about breastfeeding, and that almost made me give up on it altogether. Before I…

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Breastmilk: Nature’s Perfect Food

Thursday, January 12, 2017 By Ali Miller, RD, LD, CDE
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Man cannot out-science or out-create nature! We continue to learn this, and one of the best examples is in the birth and mothering process. Breastfeeding and its benefits are connected to cognitive development, growth and weight gain of the baby, and immune system resilience. In the last decade, formula companies have continued to work to mimic nature’s perfect food: breastmilk. This form of “nature’s gold” produced by a mother for her child provides the perfect balance of macronutrients (carbs, protein, fats) along with the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to support optimal development and growth. However, up-to-date research demonstrates that beyond its nutritional…

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What is Mastitis?

Thursday, December 22, 2016 By Jessica Tomes
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Tender, swollen breasts after childbirth are to be expected — after all, they’re filling with life-giving milk to nourish and protect your brand new baby. (The giant, post-birth mesh panties that your kind nurse who just witnessed you push a bowling ball through your lady bits will offer you? Those are slightly less expected, but surprisingly welcome nonetheless.) However, if upon returning home, either breast becomes extremely painful — you could be in trouble. Even more so, if you start to feel like you’re coming down with the flu. Chances are good that you may be suffering from mastitis: a…

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7 Common Breastfeeding Discomforts

Thursday, October 27, 2016 By Jessica Tomes
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Baby Chick™ has received these products as a trial in exchange for an honest review. Read our policies page for more information. Breastfeeding is kind of a big deal. Trust me, I am currently breastfeeding baby number three. And hear you me, most days it is a real commitment. (Just last night I breastfed my baby from the front seat of my car — in the parking lot of the country club mind you — for thirty minutes. My baby promptly threw up all over me, and my black leather interior: awesome sauce.) Seriously guys, I LOVE breastfeeding. If I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t…

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Can Breastfeeding Prevent Breast Cancer?

Thursday, October 13, 2016 By Jessica Tomes
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According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Given these statistics, it’s no wonder practically every single one of us has been touched by breast cancer in one way or another — maybe we ourselves are survivors, or maybe we have lost a friend or loved one to the battle. Most of us can probably name at least one person we know who is deep in the trenches at this very moment. But here is the good news: with early detection and treatment, you — and your loved ones…

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Boozing and Breastfeeding

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 By Jessica Tomes
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Pregnancy: it’s a long, hard nine months (or more) without a glass of wine or a poolside mimosa in sight. Between the lack of good, restful sleep, and the giant swollen cankles — don’t even get me started on the hormones — if ever there were a candidate in need of a cold, stiff drink it would be a pregnant lady. Especially in Texas, in the summertime heat. (Speaking from experience here!) Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Drinking while pregnant is generally considered a bad idea. And for good reason, all joking aside. Now don’t get me wrong, the…

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3 Steps To Breaking Out Your Breast Pump

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 By Nina Spears
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Hi moms! Today on the blog, we have Caitlin from Ashland Health — a breast pump provider for insurance covered breast pumps. She is a working, nursing, pumping mom of three. Her first baby was nursed for 9 months, her second for 13 months, and her third is currently being nursed at 11 months. She’s pretty incredible. 🙂 As veteran moms know, nursing has many memorable moments. One particular memory that may stand out is the first time you broke out your breast pump. You were nervous, sleep-deprived, and probably had no idea what you were doing. Caitlin knows that moment all too well because she has totally been there. Since then she has pumped over…

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20 Things Lactation Consultants Want You to Know

Friday, January 29, 2016 By Nina Spears

Breastfeeding can be tough. I have had multiple clients of mine call me within days (even hours) after having their baby asking for lactation support. Those first few days, weeks, and sometimes months can be a challenge trying to figure out this new skill. This is why I decided to talk to a few lactation consultants that I know and ask them what they wish every new mom knew when it comes to breastfeeding. Here’s what they had to say… 1. It’s normal for newborns to want to nurse all. the. time. Sometimes more than once in an hour. 2. Breastfeeding isn’t all…

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