Know Before You Go – Hospital Policy on Human Milk

If you are planning to breastfeed your baby, there is something that you may want to check on as far as hospital policies and procedures are concerned. I would never have thought to check on this particular thing, and I never did check on it. An experience following the delivery of my second son made me realize that I wish I had done some more research regarding which hospital I would deliver in. Anyways, the issue that I would like to discuss today is related to breastfeeding. I nursed my then two and a half year old son all through … Continue reading

Three Common Breastfeeding Myths Explained

Part of getting yourself ready for the day when you welcome your new baby into the world involves thinking about how you plan to feed your baby. As is the case with many of the decisions that you will make regarding your baby, the best way to prepare yourself is with information. The more you know about infant feeding and nutrition in advance, the better prepared you will be to navigate the ins and outs of feeding your baby once he or she is born. One helpful type of information to have at the ready if you plan to breastfeed … Continue reading

Breastfeeding – Every Baby is Different

If you are planning to breastfeed your baby, you may have already spent some time learning about breastfeeding. That is a good thing. You may also have prepared your home and your wardrobe with things that will be of use to you as you nurse your baby, such as a breast pump, breastfeeding – friendly clothing, a nursing pillow, and the like. You may even have nursed another child. In fact, you may still be nursing your baby’s older sibling. These are all good things, things that can help you to be prepared for breastfeeding your new baby. However, there … Continue reading

Equip Yourself for Breastfeeding Success

One of the things that you may be thinking about during your pregnancy is breastfeeding. While it is true that breastfeeding starts once your baby is born, it is important to educate yourself about breastfeeding and make sure that you have everything that you will need at the ready. Much of what you will need depends upon your personal plans for breastfeeding. I can speak to what has been helpful to me in my experience with nursing my two boys. Since I have been at home with my boys, pumping breast milk has not been a big part of our … Continue reading

Nursing Necklaces: A Solution for the Distracted Nurser

When my daughter was a newborn, breastfeeding was pretty relaxing. Once she latched on, she’d eat for about 20 minutes straight without ever coming up for air. I could count on relaxing during these times, and often caught a few ZZZ’s while she filled up her little belly. The older my daughter got, the less relaxing nursing sessions became. I still cherish our special breastfeeding moments together, but I’m definitely not getting any power naps in while she dines. Where she used to be blissfully unaware of the world around her, my baby girl is now as nosy as they … Continue reading

When Weight Loss Affects Milk Supply

As wonderful as pregnancy is, most mothers will admit to feeling huge in months directly before and after giving birth. In my ninth month of pregnancy, I could not believe how big my belly had gotten or how swollen my ankles (or lack thereof) were. After I gave birth, I decided that there was no way I’d ever fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes; I was just too big. Sure, I’d lose most of the weight, but I’d never be as small as I once had been. Most of the time, it didn’t matter that much to me. I had a … Continue reading

Historical Attractions in the United States

For me, genealogy has sparked a general interest in American history. I remember thinking history was so boring in high school. Text book learning, apparently, is not my thing. However, during the past few years I have visited places that have historical significance in our great country. I have learned so much through my visits, and have developed a love for history. Besides the fact that visiting historical attractions can be fun, interesting, and exciting, they can also teach us a lot about our ancestors. Having a direct connection with historical places can be a very humbling experience. Listed below … Continue reading

Nursing Back to Health

After spending two days whimpering in pain, fever, and sickness with his Dad my son got what he really needed: Mom. I’ve said before that my wife does everything but it’s really true. A major skill my wife possesses that I do not is the ability to nurse our son. It’s not only about nourishment though. My son is significantly more calm and relaxed when he is with his mother. During the two days he was with me he was constantly looking around. He’d look to the sofa, look in the bed, look in the kitchen and the bathroom too. … Continue reading

Oatmeal Pancakes: A Simple Way To Increase Milk Supply

I’ve written before about how eating oatmeal can boost a breastfeeding mother’s milk supply. Because I plan to breastfeed for a long time and want to keep my milk supply up, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that include oatmeal. The other morning, I was really jonesin’ for some pancakes. As I searched around on the internet for a pancake recipe, I was delighted to find that many recipes included oatmeal. After comparing several recipes and tweaking them to fit personal taste (and the ingredients I happened to have on hand), this is the recipe I came up with: … Continue reading

Oatmeal: A Simple Way To Increase Milk Supply

At a recent meeting with a group of young, breastfeeding mothers, I learned that oatmeal is supposed to boost milk supply. While it is not scientifically proven, many mothers report an increase in milk production after eating oatmeal, or products containing oatmeal. I’ve never had a problem with too little milk; in fact, the only “problem” I’ve had is too much milk. I’ve always counted myself lucky that supply was never an issue, because I have a strong desire to breastfeed well past my daughter’s first birthday. Although I’ve never had a problem with too little milk, I want to … Continue reading