“How Long Does Breast Milk Last?”: Storage Guidelines & Recommendations for Breastfeeding Mothers

The early days of motherhood are overwhelming. You’re always exhausted and sometimes you need a break to be able to just relax or catch up on some much needed sleep. For breastfeeding mothers, getting the rest you need means you’ll have to turn the job of feeding your newborn over to somebody … [Read more...]

Are You Producing Enough Breast Milk for Your Baby?

Approximately 35% of mothers who stop breastfeeding early report insufficient milk supply as the main reason. Infant cues are difficult to read, and it can be hard to know if your baby is getting the milk he or she needs to be healthy, especially during the first few sleep-deprived months as a new … [Read more...]

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...]

Common Breastfeeding Problem #2: “It’s so painful!”

Women who don’t have a close friend or relative to talk to about breastfeeding often aren’t aware of some of the common issues that arise at the beginning and throughout baby’s first year. In our first common breastfeeding problems blog, we talked about low milk production. (Read more about how … [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...]

Happy National Breastfeeding Month!

Since 2011, National Breastfeeding Month has been celebrated throughout the month of August, and it is certainly something to pay tribute to. Breastfeeding has seen its fair share of controversy, and many women have decided to use other means for their child’s nutrition. However, breastfeeding is … [Read more...]

New Study Reveals Breastfeeding May Help Lower Cancer Recurrence

A recent study published on April 28th of this year in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has concluded that women with cancer who breast-fed their babies were less likely to get a recurring case of cancer or die from the disease than women who did not breastfeed. Marilyn Kwan, research … [Read more...]