Babies who are born prematurely often need to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after birth. Moms of preemies often need to pump breast milk for several months, so for them, breastfeeding includes a lot of pumping.
After almost a year without a period, you might be wondering when Aunt Flo is going to drop in. Will she call ahead and let you know she’s coming, or will she just show up unannounced? Will your usual tampon/pad/cup routine do the trick, or should you stock up on something different? From cramps to cups, things might be different after pregnancy and birth. Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions about postpartum periods and offer a few solutions along the way.
You can take a pregnancy test anytime you’d like to, even if you’re not pregnant! But, as we discuss in this article, there are optimal windows for taking home pregnancy tests to ensure that you get the most accurate results.
When first hearing the news that a breast pump may be covered by your insurance, you may wonder how it all works — will your United Healthcare actually cover a breast pump? If you are a mom with United Healthcare (UHC), you're in luck! Aeroflow Breastpumps can quickly and easily help you qualify for an insurance-covered breast pump and more.
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) covers a breast pump and breast pump supplies at no cost. They may also cover maternity and postpartum compression, too. Learn more about our process and how to get your motherhood items through insurance.
It’s hard to know how breastfeeding will go as there are so many mixed messages floating around. For some moms, breastfeeding initiation does go smoothly. Other moms encounter breastfeeding challenges, such as difficulty latching, low breast milk supply, tongue tie, and/or pain and discomfort while feeding. The important thing to remember is that help is available! As you're preparing to embark on your breastfeeding journey, here's a list of things you might want to do before your baby arrives to set you and your baby up for breastfeeding success.
Water makes up over half of our body weight and it’s recommended that adults drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day. Pregnant women need to drink more because water is essential for the development and functioning of the placenta, making amniotic fluid, and for the circulation of nutrients from mother to baby.
Some new parents seem to be back on their feet in no time at all after birth, while others require a longer rest period. And even though many first-time parents take childbirth classes, most don’t have a whole lot of information about what to expect regarding recovery during the postpartum period. There are some signs and symptoms that might seem “normal” during this postpartum adjustment period that may actually be related to more serious health concerns.
Whether you’re nursing your baby or providing them pumped breast milk, breastfeeding is beneficial for moms and babies. IBCLC Ashley Georgakopoulos shares what those benefits are, and some of them last a lifetime.