3 Tips to Combat Pregnancy Fatigue

3 Tips to Combat Pregnancy Fatigue

by Susan Tanner If your pregnancy is anything like mine were, you are probably exhausted… all the time. It is not at all uncommon to experience pregnancy fatigue. It seems only natural that sustaining two lives drains you of more energy than only dealing with your own. Having a fetus growing in your belly most certainly takes its toll on your body. Pregnancy fatigue is often accompanied by a multitude of aches, pains, and sore muscles. How you deal with these problems will often determine your level of pregnancy fatigue. Pregnancy fatigue is generally caused by your body adjusting to natural hormonal changes, and the added weight of carrying the baby. You may also be having trouble sleeping due to aches and pains, vivid dreams, or simply too much stress. 1. Get more sleep any way you can As usual, raging hormones are unavoidable. But losing sleep is a huge contributor to pregnancy fatigue. Pregnancy fatigue is just your body’s way of telling you that it needs more rest. Then it seems reasonable to assume that the way to start alleviating the problem is to sleep more. Try to go to bed earlier, and get about 9-10 hours of sleep per night if you can. If you are having trouble sleeping, try drinking a non-caffeinated herbal tea or lighting some scented candles. Breathing exercises can also help you to calm your nerves for sleep. Try taking naps during the day in addition to sleeping more at night, and try to stay off your feet during the day, sitting or laying down whenever possible. Even a quick 20 or 30...
Breastfeeding? What you can do if you suspect you have mastitis

Breastfeeding? What you can do if you suspect you have mastitis

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for you and your baby. As nursing moms, we all know that breast is best – but what can we do when we are faced with a bout of mastitis? Recognizing the problem There are many warning signs and indicate that you may be coming down with mastitis. 1) An area on the breast becomes sore and red. The site of the clogged duct develops a very pronounced red spot which is extremely painful to the touch and holding or carrying your baby on this side may become unbearable. You may also see or feel a lump. 2) You may experience pain during nursing sessions. This may begin as a tingling sensation in the nipple. If there is no pain while the baby is nursing on that side, it does not mean that you don’t in fact have mastitis. 3) Development of flu-like symptoms. You may experience a fever along with chills and body aches. Exhaustion is another common side effect. Many women report not even being able to get out of bed. What to do if you suspect you have mastitis At the first signs of developing mastitis: 1) Get into bed and rest! Even if you can just sit quietly for a few hours without doing anything such as housework or taking care of other children or family members, you’ll benefit. 2) Apply warm compresses to the site of the clogged duct. Take a hot shower or even lower your breast into a bowl or pot filled with warm water and soak for a few minutes, several times an hour. 3)...
10 Gift Ideas for New Mothers

10 Gift Ideas for New Mothers

Pamper the new mother in your life Are you looking for a last-minute gift for a friend or loved one who just recently gave birth to a bundle of joy? Here are some useful gifts to pamper a new mum. She must have received mountains of gifts for her baby, so we are sure she will appreciate something thoughtful and practical just for herself. Here are some gift ideas for a new mum… 1. Offer your time. A new mother is probably operating on very little sleep and will appreciate some practical help! Offer to come by and give her a hand tidying up, or to run an errand or two. A voucher for a cleaning service would make a great gift too! 2. Homecooked meals. If you’re a great cook, this is one gift she will absolutely adore! Prepare a batch of meals she can freeze and easily reheat. All she needs is 2 minutes and she will have a ready-made, nutritious meal. 3. Entertainment for long nursing nights. Get her a device that she can hold with one hand – like a Kindle – where she can upload all her favorite books. 4. Perk up her mood with a pretty outfit: 5. A trip to the spa. Get her a voucher that she can redeem at her leisure, on her own time and schedule. 6. Bath products. Time to herself will be precious at this point, so you can help to heighten her enjoyment of her me-time! Get her some delicious smelling, luxurious feeling bath products, like a sea salt scrub. (Marc Jacobs Domo Arigato Elizababy bag)...
7 Things to Tell Your Kids About Money

7 Things to Tell Your Kids About Money

by Rachel Incoll at kidsmoneytips.com If I had a dollar for every time I have been asked by a parent what to tell your kids about money, I’d be a millionaire. There are many different aspects of money management you can & should tell your children about. Here I will share with you what I believe are seven of the most important principles. 1. Money can be exchanged for goods or services. This is one of the first few lessons you should teach your child once they are old enough to understand – usually around the age of 3 years. Next time you go down to the corner store to buy one or two items, let your child hand the money to the cashier. By doing so, they will gain a greater appreciation of the concept of being able to exchange money for things you want or need. 2. One should be careful with money. Some people I know, seem to think that any coins with a value under 50 cents are just too small to be bothered using, and so when cleaning out their loose change from around the house will simply throw these smaller coins in the bin. What a waste! Encourage your child to be careful with all denominations of money, and show them how those small coins can add up, by starting a family small coins box. Maybe you could use the money to fund small family outings (a trip to the shop to get ice creams). 3. Money has to be earned. There are many people in the world these days that don’t seem...
How to Parent Compassionately

How to Parent Compassionately

by Steve Stosny Ph.D. from compassionpower.com Compassionate Parenting provides a secure emotional base from which children carry out their genetic programs to explore and interact with their environments in safety and protection. At the same time, parents develop the protective, nurturing, and compassionate skills that empower them in all areas of life, including work and health. We simply function at our best when we have emotional connections with our children that are strong, flexible, and enjoyable. Compassion most definitely does not mean letting children get away with bad or selfish behavior. It does not mean that parents should go along with whatever children want. Nor does it mean overindulgence, generosity, or magnanimity. Compassionate parents are able to see beneath the surface of their children’s behavior to get at the deeper motivations. They empower children to control their own behavior by teaching them to regulate their motivations. To parent compassionately is certainly not perfect parenting. The best parents in the world do not go a single day without making some error in what they do or say to their children. Fortunately, kids are extremely resilient when it comes to parental mistakes. A major tenet of the Compassionate Parenting program is that whatever parents say and do matters far less than their emotional motivation. Unless a child is deep into a destructive mode, almost anything a parent says or does in apositive mode will succeed. In fact, experiments show that children perceive even highly critical statements done with positive motivation as caring and encouraging. Regardless of what mode the child is in, almost nothing the parent says or does in the...
Top 5 Tips for Pregnancy Health for Mom & Baby

Top 5 Tips for Pregnancy Health for Mom & Baby

Adapted from Robert Thatcher Finally the pregnancy test kit showed that you are positively pregnant! You double-check by going to an ob-gyne and after undergoing a battery of tests the doctor confirmed that you really are pregnant. Pregnancy can bring so much joy to a family. Pregnancy is oftentimes one of the most awaited events in a woman’s life, especially if the woman has had a hard time trying to conceive. This means that when a woman is pregnant taking some precautions for health maintenance is paramount. Here are some ways that a pregnant woman can employ to ensure the health of her baby and her self, too. 1. Eat well, conceive well. It’s not true that you have to eat for two when pregnant. Eating more than the amount of food that is enough for one person will only cause the unwanted bloat. According to research, a pregnant woman will only need an extra 200 to 300 calories per day. And who knows, you might be already eating those extra calories. Eating healthy food will do you and your growing baby just right. Of course, try to avoid packing on those extra calories should from junk food! 2. Supplement your wellness. A pregnant mom should take a vitamin supplement that contains folic acid, better even before conception and during early pregnancy. Why folic acid? Because this micro-mineral, which is found mostly on green leafy vegies, when taken in 400 mcg amounts daily before and during early pregnancy, can reduce the risk of having babies born with neural tube defects. 3. Away with your vices. It could have been...
10 Ways Fathers Model Healthy Relationships for Their Children

10 Ways Fathers Model Healthy Relationships for Their Children

by: Steven Stosny, Ph.D. Your children learn how men should behave in relationships by watching you. We hear a lot about mothers, but the truth is, fathers have a very important role to play as well. Children are keenly aware of the way you interact with their mother, even if you don’t live with her. Most divorce and domestic violence happens to men and women who grew up without a father modeling healthy relationship behavior. Here are 10 tips to help you model the way you want your daughter to be treated in her adult relationships, and the way you want your son to treat his significant other. 1. Value their mother: Children value themselves and others more when they feel that their mother and father value one another. 2. Perspective-taking (seeing things through someone else’s eyes): Show your children the importance of respecting the perspectives of people they love, even when they disagree with them. 3. Cooperation: Show how to participate willingly in work, problem-solving, or task-accomplishment. 4. Negotiation: Show your children how to work out solutions to problems that respect one another’s perspectives. 5. Resourcefulness: Never stop trying to make things better. 6. Motivation to improve: Approach disagreements with the attitude of making them better, not worse. 7. Compassion: This gut-level reaction to your wife’s pain, discomfort, or anxiety includes sympathy, protectiveness, and willingness to help but not control. It recognizes that your wife is different from you, with her own temperament, set of experiences, beliefs, values, and preferences. 8. Good will: Learning a positive attitude toward the people they love will greatly improve your children’s chances...
Handling Criticism When Breastfeeding

Handling Criticism When Breastfeeding

by: Patty Hone Feelings about how to parent seem to shift with every generation. A new way of parenting, sometimes called attachment parenting, has emerged and it challenges many of the rigid teachings of our mother’s generation. Although breastfeeding is on the rise now, women are still dealing with the repercussions of previous generations. Not too long ago mainstream women did not breastfeed at all and the ones that did were taught to follow strict schedules. Some thought of breastfeeding as primitive. Formula was touted as being equal to or superior to breast milk. Only recently, has the fact that “breast is best” been acknowledged. Other women were in the workforce. They may have felt that breastfeeding was not an option for them. They did not have the modern breast pump available to them. The medical community may not have encouraged breastfeeding at the time. It is not hard to imagine. After all, even with all the knowledge about the benefits of breastfeeding there are still many health professionals today that are uneducated and unsupportive of breastfeeding. With all the challenges in the way of breastfeeding, it is understandable why many women of yesterday did not choose to breastfeed. Breastfeeding has come a long way but still many of the old thinking still carries on. Women are more educated on the subject; however, even with the many books and other information available, people are often most influenced by their immediate family and friends. Having the support of friends and family can boost the chances of having a successful breastfeeding experience. On the other hand, having to deal with criticism...
5 Heart Healthy Exercises You Can Do During Pregnancy

5 Heart Healthy Exercises You Can Do During Pregnancy

by Tia Rodriguez. Pregnancy is a time of celebration, love, and necessary weight gain. However, being pregnant doesn’t mean that your health and fitness have to take a hit. You can gain weight in a healthy fashion while doing some very easy and safe heart healthy pregnancy exercise routines. One of the simplest and most effective pregnancy exercises you can do is walking. Not only is walking one of the best cardiovascular exercises, it is also one of the safest pregnancy exercises you can engage in. Walking is one of the few pregnancy exercises that you can do for the complete duration of your pregnancy. Another extremely beneficial heart healthy pregnancy exercise is swimming. Countless doctors and pregnant women have attested to the wonderful benefits of swimming during pregnancy. A weekly pregnancy exercise routine of swimming gives both the arms and legs a great workout while promoting cardiovascular health. Because of the nature of being subdued in water, swimming will also remind expectant mothers what it felt like before the pounds were added on. This is definitely a welcome change every now and then. The third pregnancy exercise routine you can start doing to keep your body healthy is enrolling in an aerobics class. Many fitness centers and community centers offer low impact aerobics classes for pregnant women. One of the nicer benefits of this pregnancy exercise is that it is done in the company of other pregnant women under the watchful eye of a professional aerobics instructor. This means you are going to get a safe workout catered to the special needs of pregnancy. Weight training is also...
9 Parenting Tips for All New Parents

9 Parenting Tips for All New Parents

by Alison Palmer If you are like most parents, you probably want to raise healthy, smart kids. You may already have some ideas on how to achieve this! Here are some parenting tips that will help parents ensure their children develop to their full potential. One of the parenting tips that work best is giving your children quantity and quality time. When you spend time with your kids, try to engage them in meaningful conversations. Try to build fun and healthy communications and relationships while the kids are young. In many homes, parents do not really talk to their kids when they are young. But when the kids become teens, these parents desperately want to talk to their teens. But the opportunity is not there anymore. Try not to become the ‘average parent’. According to statistics, an average American parent spends less than fifteen minutes a week in serious discussion with their children. Practice and develop good habits. It is important that you push your kids to exercise their faith and put into action the lessons that they have received. For example, it is one thing to learn about charity and caring, but it is another thing to volunteer some time to visit nursing homes and serve the elderly, or participate in building a house for the poor. Aristotle, the famous Greek philosopher, said that virtues are acquired by the development of habits. At first it may feel like a duty to maintain good habits but it will become easier as time goes by, and soon they will exercise good habits effortlessly. Be a good role model. It is...
Shendy, Mother of 3, Shares Her Breastfeeding Tips

Shendy, Mother of 3, Shares Her Breastfeeding Tips

Get to know our longtime Annee Matthew customer, Shendy, and her experiences with her 3 adorable children! Greatest joys Baby Belle is the latest addition into the family. She’s my third and youngest in the family. Exchanging smiles and chuckles, nursing them plus looking at all three growing up healthily are my greatest joys! Greatest challenges Like most mommies, I’m into breastfeeding for all my three children as there are so many benefits when the child is on breast milk. I would prefer to nurse them directly i.e. Latch the child directly so as to have the personal touch. Lots of people say it’s hardship as the child will bite and I’ll have to wake up in the middle of the night to nurse, can’t go for shopping trips without disturbances or even tours. But I don’t consider these things to be hardship at all. These are just part of the territory when it comes to breastfeeding and being a mom. That said, the greatest challenge started when I had my first child. In the first two weeks after delivery, I wasn’t able to produce sufficient milk to feed my child despite taking supplements, having massages, etc. I had to turn to formula. To ensure my milk supply, I did whatever I could (trust me, I tried every single thing) until I nearly gave up. FINALLY, milk supply came but I was still unable to have sufficient milk for the child. The child at this point, too used to milk bottles started to reject me!I was devastated…I tried whatever I could, which included many rounds of tears, pain and...
Top 5 Most Popular Breastfeeding Resources

Top 5 Most Popular Breastfeeding Resources

We have a lot of great breastfeeding content on our site, and to make it easier for you, here are our top 5 most popular breastfeeding resources, all in one handy post! 1. 10 Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding “When consuming caffeine, these chemicals can cause sleeplessness in your infant, which in turn can cause crankiness and other kinds of sleep disorders. Because of its potency, caffeine isn’t secreted out of the digestive system. Caffeine also causes intestinal irritation, since an infant’s digestive system isn’t fully developed yet. If you must consume caffeinated products, make sure there’s ample time to allow your body to process it out of your system (about 6 hours).” 2. Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips from Moms “Prepare for nipple chafing. One thing I wished one gotten in preparation was the breast shells/shields. They would have helped a lot to protect my nipples from chafing in the first few weeks. 😉 – Mei” 3. 10 Must-Have Tools for Breastfeeding “Breast Milk Pump If you are planning to return to work, yet still want to continue breastfeeding your infant, then a breast milk pump is an essential must-have. A hand pump is fine for the infrequent use in the comfort of your own home, but investing in a double electric pump for more frequent uses will make things easier for you. You should also get an extra set of pump parts, so you can have a clean set ready while you wash the other set.” 4. 10 Methods to Store Breastmilk “Refrigerator method Place your expressed breast milk in sterilized containers. Store it at the back part...
8 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mums

8 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mums

by Sharon Hopkins. The benefits of breastfeeding are myriad – the foremost of which is its nutrition value. Breast milk contains proteins and nutrients that could beat any other health drink for your child. The usefulness of this milk becomes more important because it protects the baby from some of the worst health problems. There is no substitute for breast milk so providing this milk to your child would be the best thing to give to your child. It has been studied that children who have been breastfed grow faster and are healthier than the ones who have not been breastfed. Breast milk contains lactoferrin which helps in absorption of iron and protects the intestine from any harmful bacteria. The other component called lipases helps in digesting your fats which helps in baby’s growth and development. It not only serves the purpose of providing nutrients to your child but also in serving the purpose to quench to your baby’s thirst and fill-in your baby’s stomach. The IQ of the child also increases by providing breast milk. It saves lot of time and money as you don’t have to sit up late night and mix the formula for your baby. The cost baby food is also cut which gives more time for the mother to be with her baby. It creates a bond between the mother and child which binds them together. Nursing helps the mother to loose the extra pounds which she gained during her pregnancy. It burns out lot of calories which helps in bringing back the original size. If there are any chances of bleeding after child...
10 Tips for Breastfeeding Your Baby Discreetly In Public

10 Tips for Breastfeeding Your Baby Discreetly In Public

By Carrie Lauth, edited with original content from Annee Matthew moms. If you’re a new Mom who is nursing your baby you may be nervous about doing so in public. Or perhaps you are disturbed by media reports of women who are harassed for breastfeeding in public and are considering pumping your milk to give your baby when you leave home. Here are some tips for discreet breastfeeding that have worked for many Moms. Hopefully they will help you feel more comfortable nursing in public, so you can avoid the inconvenience of pumping and preparing bottles. 1. Peer support. Before you have your baby, attend a breastfeeding support group meeting, or join one on Facebook, such as Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group Singapore, that organizes frequent events. Unfortunately in our Society that gives lip service to the benefits of breastfeeding, it is still rare to see Moms nursing in public, and so most of us grow up having our own babies never having seen another woman nurse. Going to a meeting and seeing how other Moms nurse their babies discreetly and confidently can boost your own confidence. They can also share with you tips that will make nursing in public easier for you. 2. And even more peer support. At its best, social media is wonderful for creating a sense of community and support. We’ve already compiled a list of mothers on Instagram who inspire us with their breastfeeding images and stories. 3. Invest in a baby sling. These are wonderful for making life with a baby easier all around, but one thing they’re great for is discreet breastfeeding. I...
Our Favorite #NormalizeBreastfeeding IG Accounts

Our Favorite #NormalizeBreastfeeding IG Accounts

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, we are giving away 3 x $200 vouchers! All it takes is answering one simple question – you could be a happy shopper by Aug 7, 10pm 🙂 Instagram is one of our favorite social media platforms. Especially when it comes to finding support from fellow mothers, it’s where we routinely get inspired and feel so lucky that there are mothers from around the globe who are sharing their motherhood journeys with all of us. #NormalizeBreastfeeding is one of the hashtags that has been gaining steam recently, and it’s a truly beautiful thing to behold! Whatever your attitude towards breastfeeding is, we can all agree that as mothers, we are all just trying to give the very best in nourishing our babies, and that taking away the shame from any one way of doing so – including breastfeeding – can only benefit motherhood as a whole. Here are our favorite IG accounts that are doing their part to #NormalizeBreastfeeding: Of course, @normalizebreastfeeding @breastfeedingart @carriagehousebirth @empoweredbirthproject (one of our favorite bloggers too!) @motherhoodrising Which are some of your favorite breastfeeding accounts, or moms on Instagram that you like to...
Unsung Benefits of Breastfeeding

Unsung Benefits of Breastfeeding

Republished from Phillip J. Goscienski, M.D. From the Stone Age until just a few generations ago, human infants’ only sustenance was mother’s milk, but modern infant formula seems to be an adequate substitute. After all, infant mortality in Western societies is at historic lows and growth patterns are normal. But is that all there is to it? Could there be other benefits to breastfeeding, both to the mother and to the infant? Here are some lesser-known benefits of breastfeeding: Post-delivery stress discomfort. All those hours of labor may be natural, but they are exhausting and stressful for mom. It’s not so easy on baby, either! First, that cushion of fluid suddenly vanishes in a big gush as labor begins. Then comes the big squeeze as the infant is mashed against the opening of the uterus, and through a birth canal that is so narrow that the baby’s skull elongates just to fit through. It takes a day or so before a newborn’s head gets its normal rounded shape back. Enter endorphins, morphine-like hormones that the body produces, and that relieve pain and stress.Beta endorphin appears in the early milk (colostrum) of mothers who deliver naturally, but there is much less in the breastmilk of mothers who undergo Caesarian section, and who bypass a stressful labor. Even higher levels appear in the colostrum of those mothers who deliver prematurely, and whose infants might have undergone even more stress before and during delivery. Nature thus helps to make the transition from the cozy, quiet womb to the outside world a little easier. Baby’s suckling helps healing. After a successful delivery, the...
Natural Ways to Treat Stretch Marks

Natural Ways to Treat Stretch Marks

Article adapted from Lori Stryker, B.Sc., B.H.Ec., B.Ed. http://www.organicmakeup.ca Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life. One aspect of child-bearing, however, may not be so welcomed. For 75-90% of pregnant women, stretch marks, or striae gravidum, can appear in the later half of pregnancy. Stretch marks do not pose any health risk to either the mother or child, but can cause anxiety over their appearance for those who develop them. Understanding stretch marks Stretch marks first appear as raised striations which vary in colour from pink, purple or brown, depending on the mother’s normal skin colour. Striations develop where fat is stored in the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, breasts and arms. Stretch marks develop during pregnancy because of rapid and excessive weight gain in areas such as the lower abdomen or thighs. As weight increases, the collagen and elastin in the dermal layer of the skin, responsible for retaining shape and firmness, is stretched to the point of breaking. The dermis is the layer beneath the epidermis, or visible layer of the skin. The elastic fibres in the dermis weaken with stretching and increased cortisone levels normally produced in the last trimester. As these fibres separate and the skin stretches, collagen is overproduced to form scar tissue which result in striations. Will my stretch marks go away? There is no cure for stretch marks. The scarring process that has occurred in the dermis cannot be reversed, but stretch marks will flatten, fade and lighten over time. Creams which contain steroids such as hydrocortisone, or active agents like tretinoin (retin-A) should not be used...
5 Tips to Increase Breast Milk Supply

5 Tips to Increase Breast Milk Supply

Hello mamas! First of all, if you are currently stressing out about your breast milk supply, take time now to stop, take a long, deep breath, and pat yourself on the shoulder for persevering. You’re doing a great job – regardless of the flow of your breast milk or any other factor – remind yourself that you’re doing well and that we’re right there with you. Having a baby is a tough job! Always keep that in mind, and be kind to yourself. Here are some tips we’ve gathered across the web, which other moms have also recommended, for increasing breast milk supply. 1. Stress less. Always keep in mind, mamas, that having a baby is a stressful, life-changing event. Of course you will feel anxious/worried/not exhilarated/glowing or totally relaxed all of the time! Remember that motherhood depicted in the media is often a completely glossed over, airbrushed version. Because having a baby is a huge change in your life – mentally, emotionally, physically – and change, even good change, causes stress. And guess what? Stress can affect you physiologically, including your breast milk supply. So keep this in mind, be kind to yourself, breathe through the tough, frustrating or downright disheartening moments, and know that this too shall pass. Stress less, don’t be hard on yourself – and this act of self-love will go a long way towards helping to increase your breast milk supply. 2. Persist. Especially in the first week of nursing, breast milk supply might not be forthcoming or flow easily. This is because the very act of nursing, with your baby suckling at your...
Debunking 7 Biggest Breastfeeding Myths

Debunking 7 Biggest Breastfeeding Myths

Breastfeeding is always a hot topic and while there is plenty of scientific literature available on the subject, there are still a number of myths that continue to circulate. If you are currently a nursing mother or plan to be after the birth of your baby, you can rest assured that the following 7 myths are NOT true. Here are 7 myths dispelled. Myth #1: Babies who are frequently breastfeed grow into obese children. Actually, the opposite is true. Babies who are weaned from breastfeeding early and fed formula over-enthusiastically are more likely to be obese later in life. Breastfed babies learn to regulate their own feeding pattern and stop eating when they are full and have consumed all they need. Myth #2: Breastfeeding causes your breast to sag. Wrong! While pregnancy does cause some changes in your breast, breastfeeding doesn’t play a significant role in determining your breast’s shape in the future. However, your body type, heredity, and excess weight loss and gain do have a role. Myth #3: If you are planning to go back to work, you can’t breastfeed. Yes, you can. Breastfeeding gives you an opportunity to bond with your baby, even after you have returned to work. In fact, babies who are breastfed tend to healthier than those who are fed formula meaning moms miss work less often. When you are not with your baby, pumping is an option. A number of companies allow nursing breaks and even have facilities, such as lactation rooms, where the mom can pump in private. Myth #4: You won’t make enough milk. Rarely is this the case. For...
Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips From Moms

Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips From Moms

Here’s a collection of breastfeeding tips from our mom community – tell us in the comments what are some of your tips and tricks for successful breastfeeding! 1. Don’t be too hard on yourself. My baby has reflux and dr recommended express pumping milk then mixing with a thickening powder to help keep the milk from spitting up. Started doing this when he was 2 wks old and he now prefers the bottle rather than latching on. I felt guilty and sad he didn’t want to latch on but baby not wanting to breastfeed is not a reflection of whether you are a “bad” or “incapable” mother. It is merely different ways of feeding and caring for your baby. You are still able to bond through bottle feeding, and with a lot of persistence and patience he now latches on half the time and bottle feeds the other half. Not latching on or breastfeeding does not mean your baby doesn’t love you or has not bonded with you.  So just like there are different ways to make a baby (intercourse, IVF, surrogacy, adoption…etc) there are also ways of feeding a baby, us parents should all be supportive of each other. – Junia 2. Prepare for nipple chafing. One thing I wished one gotten in preparation was the breast shells/shields. They would have helped a lot to protect my nipples from chafing in the first few weeks. 😉 – Mei 3. Must understand the basic lactation principle: it’s like the sponge- you squeeze out more, leaving more space in the ducts then only can produce more. So try to empty breast...
10 Must-Have Tools for Breastfeeding

10 Must-Have Tools for Breastfeeding

When it comes to breastfeeding your child, there are some definite must-haves that you should invest in. This is especially true when planning on returning to work, or sharing the feeding schedule with another family member, since these must-have products are designed to make things easier for you. Breast Milk Pump If you are planning to return to work, yet still want to continue breastfeeding your infant, then a breast milk pump is an essential must-have. A hand pump is fine for the infrequent use in the comfort of your own home, but investing in a double electric pump for more frequent uses will make things easier for you. You should also get an extra set of pump parts, so you can have a clean set ready while you wash the other set. Water Bottle Having a bottle of water close at hand when breastfeeding is critical. Breastfeeding mothers should ensure that they stay hydrated. Choose a BPA-free option with an easy spout, so you can keep one hand on your water bottle, and the other on your baby. Nursing Dresses Want to look beautiful, yet still be comfortable and maintain easy access for nursing? Nursing dresses are the solution you are looking for! One of the best options is the Alana Summer Tier Nursing Dress (Sunset) from Annee Matthew. It’s striking, flattering, and incredibly practical. The empire line band sits just under your breasts, and allows easy breastfeeding access. Breast Milk Storage If you’re pumping to feed your baby later on, you will need a secure storage for it. Stacking up on breast milk storage bags is essential...

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