Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash Breast milk contains good bacteria that help the baby stay healthy by colonizing the baby's gut thereby building his or her immune system and preventing allergies among other benefits. Research shows that these good bacteria sourced from the mother influence many bodily processes and functions including the mother’s breast health. Up to … Continue reading Mastitis and… Probiotics?
How can you help support a breastfeeding mom? 1. Let her know you value her efforts. Often simple gestures and statements of support go a long way. 2. Help manage visitors. Sometimes visitors can feel overwhelming. Sometimes the unwanted comments and advice can feel overwhelming. Help manage the number of visitors, length of visit, and … Continue reading Support
My brother-in-law was visiting our house one early spring day in the first months after my son was born. He was straightforward that breastfeeding made him very uncomfortable and that he did not want me to do it in front of him. Among other pieces of advice, he proclaimed that I should stop breastfeeding once … Continue reading Biting
Continuing from my last post, returning to work can complicate the goal of continued breastfeeding, but we can ease that tension with support. That support can come from a variety of places including the government in the form of legislation, employers through mandated or voluntary breastfeeding (family) friendly work policies, and social and educational efforts. … Continue reading More on the Workplace II
I recently read an article about a paramedic in Arizona who was awarded $3.8 million by a jury as a result of a lawsuit she filed against her employer, the City of Tuscon Fire Department, for failing to provide her with a place to pump breast milk and retaliating against her after she complained. The … Continue reading Break Time For Nursing Mothers
My husband and I stopped drinking cow's milk a long time ago. I can't actually remember the last time I drank a glass of cow's milk. It's certainly been over a decade. We switched to cashew, coconut and almond milk mostly. We also experimented with some other alternative milk products like cheese, ice cream and … Continue reading Alternative Milks – Cashew, Coconut, and Almond
My son started getting really fussy around five weeks old. He generally did not cry that much up until this time. He also struggled to sleep or stay asleep. I rocked him, held him, nursed him, but these activities only appeased him for so long. One tired and overwhelmed afternoon, I decided to climb onto … Continue reading Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance
I believe in the power of education and strive to make well thought out and informed decisions. Sometimes I'm successful, and sometimes I'm not - and sometimes I drive my husband a little crazy when I do things like take two weeks to research the best toaster oven or enlist him to help purge our … Continue reading Why Breastfeed?