Back to Work for the Breastfeeding Mom

Breastfeeding is finally becoming easier, you’re in a manageable routine, your baby is finally falling into a more predictable feeding pattern and now you have to prepare to go back to work. Sigh. The thought of leaving your baby can cause a lot stress, especially when it’s time to begin preparing for your absence. HowContinue reading “Back to Work for the Breastfeeding Mom”

Pacifier for the Breastfed Baby?

There are a lot of opinions about pacifiers for breastfeeding babies and some experts will recommend limiting their use or not introducing them at all. Let’s look at the reasoning behind this recommendation. Pacifiers or ‘dummies’ as they call them in the UK are essentially an artificial nipple made for babies to ‘pacify’ them untilContinue reading “Pacifier for the Breastfed Baby?”

Breast Storage Capacity

There are a lot of factors that can influence the amount of times your baby needs to nurse in 24 hours. One of these factors is your breast storage capacity. If you have a large storage capacity, your baby may be able to consume 5+ ounces of milk per feeding, keeping them feeling full longer.Continue reading “Breast Storage Capacity”

When to seek the help of a Lactation Specialist

Are you wondering if you should seek the help of a lactation consultant? Every mothers’ breastfeeding journey is beautifully unique and may come with more challenges than you were expecting. I am trained to help you navigate through the issues that come up and find solutions that work for you and your baby. Here areContinue reading “When to seek the help of a Lactation Specialist”

My Top 10 Breastfeeding Support Supplements

Moms always ask me what supplements they should be taking while breastfeeding. If you are eating a well balanced diet and things are going well with breastfeeding, you don’t have to add additional supplements to your diet. However, there may be issues you’re experiencing that might justify adding certain supplements to your breastfeeding care plan.Continue reading “My Top 10 Breastfeeding Support Supplements”

Breast Pumping Tips

Breast pumps are useful when you need to replace nursing sessions, maintain your milk supply and collect or save milk. They can also be used after nursing sessions to encourage your body to make more milk, beyond what your baby has removed from the breasts. How do you make sure your pumping sessions are efficientContinue reading “Breast Pumping Tips”

Montgomery Glands

Montgomery glands are the little tiny bumps around your areola that become more prominent during pregnancy and lactation. I’ll never forget a client of mine noticing hers early postpartum and asking me if she’s had a reaction to breastfeeding. I was happy to tell her all of the amazing things these little bumps are designedContinue reading “Montgomery Glands”

Increasing the Fat in your Breastmilk

Many moms have asked me if there is a particular food they can eat to ‘fatten up’ their milk and help their baby gain weight. Interestingly, studies show that the foods a lactating mom consumes has little influence on the AMOUNT of fat in her breastmilk, but her diet can affect the TYPE of fatContinue reading “Increasing the Fat in your Breastmilk”

When to Pump and Dump

A few years back pumping and dumping was a recommendation given to mamas who consumed alcohol and/or prescriptions drugs that were incompatible with breastfeeding. The thought was by removing the milk, you would also remove the harmful substance. We now know that pumping and dumping does not necessarily remove alcohol and/or a potentially harmful substanceContinue reading “When to Pump and Dump”

Differences in Milk Output from One Breast to the Other

Many breastfeeding mothers notice a difference in their breasts in terms of size and milk output. You may also notice that baby favors one breast over the other even when they are kept in the same position and just moved to the opposite breast. This is normal! Think of your breasts as 2 different vessels.Continue reading “Differences in Milk Output from One Breast to the Other”