The benefits of breastfeeding are undeniable – from building stronger immune systems and providing optimal nutrition for growing infants, to lowering the risk of certain health conditions in both mothers and breastfed babies. But how long should you breastfeed your baby? Many breastfeeding mothers wonder how long is “too long” when it comes to breastfeeding their child, and on the other hand, how long is long enough?
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.
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.
Everyone's breastfeeding experience is different. And there is no “one size fits all” guide, especially after having a cesarean section! But trying out different positions is essential to finding what's most comfortable for you and your baby and setting you up for breastfeeding success. Here are six IBCLC approved breastfeeding positions we recommend for c-section mamas!
With an overwhelming amount of information and assumptions about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines circulating, it may be difficult to decipher facts from opinions during the pandemic. Understandably, many new and expectant moms have questions. We’ve worked with leading medical experts to gather answers from sources you can trust.
The majority of breastfeeding moms take at least one medication while nursing. If you are breastfeeding and/or pumping, it’s really important to check that all medications and supplements you take are safe and compatible with breastfeeding.
The most important element of successful breastfeeding (getting your newborn to latch onto your breasts) can be very difficult to prepare for ahead of time. Both first-time mothers and moms who are experienced with breastfeeding can be thrown for a loop and challenged when trying to get their newborns to latch on. Here are the key elements of “mastering the latch.”
New moms are so busy prioritizing the care of their newborn that they often overlook taking care of themselves, however, taking care of yourself and eating the right foods will impact your baby's health too. IBCLC Dr. Jessica Madden shares what moms should eat (and avoid) while producing breast milk.
Many moms want to know if they can enjoy a glass of wine while breastfeeding...