No matter how much you’ve mentally prepared to become a breastfeeding mom, there’s no way to predict what you’ll feel emotionally and physically when your newborn latches on for the first time. “The first week it was painful when my daughter ate, and when she was done, my nipples looked like the top of a tube of lipstick—kind of triangular,” says Kimberley Collins of Ponte … [Read more...] about 11 Nursing must-haves
Breastfeeding works best when you’re comfortable, so set up a special space for feeding time. Some items you may want to include: A comfortable chair – Feeding time for a newborn takes most of the day, whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, so a soft chair that supports your back and lets you shift positions, or even recline, is a must. Pillows – … [Read more...] about How to create a breastfeeding sanctuary
As with a lot of things involving pregnancy and babies, there are a lot of crazy ideas about breastfeeding. Here are a myths few along with the real story. MYTH #1: Taking a breastfeeding break helps you produce more milk. THE TRUTH: The more you breastfeed, the more milk your body makes. So, if your baby sleeps through a feeding during the day, you may produce more milk that … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding myths—BUSTED!
Who are they? Professionals trained to help new moms and dads with breastfeeding questions and challenges. Do you need one? Yes—especially if they’re available at your hospital for free, and most are. Even if you think you’re doing fine, it can’t hurt to have someone stop in during a feeding—they can offer suggestions or just confirmation that you’re doing it right. And be sure … [Read more...] about The Scoop on Lactation Consultants