The Mystery of Mother’s Breast Milk

Breast milk is a baby’s first food, so shouldn’t we know what’s in it? Surprisingly, we don’t know as much as we probably should. We know more about the contents of wine, coffee and tomatoes than we do about breast milk. For example, we only recently discovered that when a baby’s saliva is … [Read more...]

“I’m Sick. Can I Still Breastfeed?”

It’s almost always okay (and actually beneficial) to continue breastfeeding while you’re sick. In some instances, you may want to take a brief break or “pump and dump,” but those situations are rare and should be discussed with your doctor. Your body has an amazing capacity to transfer antibodies … [Read more...]

Why Pediatricians Recommend Breastfeeding 6 Months or Longer

Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience for both a new mom and baby, but it can also be difficult. Many new moms fear they aren’t producing enough milk or experience common, often painful, issues like mastitis or thrush, which leaves them wondering if it’s truly worth the effort. The American … [Read more...]

Common Breastfeeding Problem #3: “How do I know if I have a plugged duct or mastitis?”

If you’re in the throes of breastfeeding, you may find yourself dealing with a plugged duct. Plugged ducts are very common among breastfeeding moms, especially if your baby is not latching well or if you’ve recently decreased feedings because you’ve gone back to work. When you have a plugged … [Read more...]

Warm Hugs: Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact in Postpartum Care

Nothing calms you down better than a hug from your mom. Several research studies have shown that newborns need skin-to-skin contact (or “kangaroo care”) to truly thrive, particularly right after birth. That initial parent-child connection is even vital to a child’s future development. What … [Read more...]

Common Breastfeeding Problems: “I’m not producing enough milk”

Breastfeeding is a natural thing, so it should come easy, right? It’s not as easy as you might think. The CDC stated in their 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card that “Of infants born in 2011, 49% were breastfeeding at 6 months and 27% at 12 months.” Why the big drop in numbers? There are a variety … [Read more...]

Transitioning Baby from Hospital to Home!

Your bundle of joy has finally arrived!  Congratulations!  If this is your first baby there is no doubt that you are experiencing some nervousness in bringing the baby home for the first time.  Your hospital stay has hopefully been a success and you feel the nurses have properly and lovingly cared … [Read more...]

National Breastfeeding Month is Here!

Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month? At All About Women, we support breastfeeding mothers and their babies and we're taking the opportunity to share some of the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as some strategies to help ensure a successful nursing relationship for … [Read more...]

Breast Milk Banks On the Rise

Some mothers, such as those of premature babies or adopted infants, may be interested in human milk but unable to nurse their baby. For these mothers, a growing network of milk banks is springing up across the nation to help meet the need of these mothers and babies. The American Association of … [Read more...]

Study Finds Natural Birth Provides Better Experience

Sometimes research just proves what most people already know. For example, a recently published study shows women who give birth vaginally without epidural anesthesia and who are accompanied by a family member during birth are happier with the birthing experience than other women. Also important … [Read more...]