Ask a Baby Blogger: You Said Not to Pump. . .But They Said to Pump

Question: Hi. I’ve read most of your blogs on breastfeeding and first, thank you so much. We’ve had a rough start and my baby was in the NICU for a few weeks so I had to pump. But when she came home, I stopped pumping because I had read somewhere that you said pumping does not increase your supply. However, the nurses in the hospital said I need to keep pumping to keep up my supply because the baby won’t suck effectively. What’s your advice? First of all, you’re welcome and I’m glad you’re breastfeeding your baby. You’re right. I … Continue reading

Valorie’s Breastfeeding Index

Later today I will post a review of the baby blog of 2007 so why does breastfeeding get its own category? Well, in part as an answer to readers who want to read what I’ve written on breastfeeding. I’ve written so much on breastfeeding at this point that you all have asked for an index of sorts so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for. It’s also in part because I’ve become known as the breastfeeding lady. . .guru. . .whatever you want to call it. I’ve been at this breastfeeding business for a long time and many of … Continue reading

PCOS and Breastfeeding

I have written before about how it is extremely rare that a woman has a medical condition that prevents her from producing enough milk. PCOS, however, is one such condition that is consistently associated with low supply. Just because you may have PCOS, doesn’t mean you won’t have enough milk for your baby though. Low supply may be unavoidable when a mother has PCOS, but here are some things you can do to try to prevent the problem or work with it. How Does PCOS Affect Breastfeeding? It is known that PCOS patients are deficient in progesterone. Progesterone plays a … Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Nipple Confusion

From everything that I read before beginning to breastfeed, I thought that nipple confusion was the end all to nursing and THE thing to prevent from happening. In my mind, it was one of the worst things that could happen to you and your baby. Now I’ve been nursing at least one baby for eight years, and I know better. There are worse things that can happen than nipple confusion. Mastitis, thrush, or dealing with a poor latch are all more painful than nipple confusion. Nipple confusion is when a young baby is introduced to too many different types of … Continue reading

Hormonal Based Birth Control and Breastfeeding

I have talked before about how breastfeeding is a fairly good birth control mechanism. However, like all birth control, you have to follow “the directions.” In order to keep the prolactin levels high enough to prevent ovulation, you do have to nurse on demand, sleep with the baby near you, and refuse pacifiers and/or sippy cups. Breastfeeding has been shown to be 98% effective in preventing pregnancy when all of the ‘rules’ are followed. However, still women sometimes choose to use birth control to prevent pregnancy. Sometimes it’s that they cannot breastfeed that much–maybe they have to go back to … Continue reading

Ask a Baby Blogger: Feeding on Demand, Twins and Your Sanity

Question: Did you keep your twins on the same schedule? I’m trying to breastfeed on demand but I am going crazy–I need more sleep! As a mother of twins, I can tell you that EVERYONE who has twins goes through this sleep deprivation and it is hard. I can’t tell you how many mothers I’ve talked to who say, “If there were one baby I could do this. . .but two?” My first piece of advice is do whatever you have to do to get some help. Plenty of mothers of singletons have help for the first month or so. … Continue reading

Storing and Using Frozen Breast Milk

Someone recently pointed out to me that out of all the blogs on breastfeeding that I’ve done here at Families.com, I haven’t written anything about how to store breast milk! All I can say is: “What was I thinking?” Many mothers pump and store their milk in case of emergency, to help continue breastfeeding once mom goes back to work, or even because baby never took to the breast. In any case, for all you moms who pump or will be pumping here are guidelines that you can use for safely storing your breast milk. I have taken the following … Continue reading

Sour Milk?

It’s true that even after you’ve properly stored your milk (and sometimes even before you store it) your breast milk can go sour. It may taste and/or smell sour, metallic or simply rancid. It is not a typical problem but it does happen occasionally: too much lipase. Lipase is an enzyme that breaks down fat. Fat however, it what makes breast milk taste good. Fat actually makes lots of foods taste good for that matter, but I’m getting off topic here. Essentially the lipase is “eating up” all the fat in mom’s breast milk and the result is sour tasting … Continue reading

The Week in Review – September 16-22

Welcome to our Week in Review for the Baby Blog. There were a lot of great articles written and with so many out there to choose from, it’s always good to have one place to go through and sum up the baby blogs for the last week. Let us know which story you enjoyed the most. Saturday, September 16 We talked about Support for Single Moms and how we have so many single mothers out there trying to do their best possible to care for their children. We talked about Piercing a Baby’s Ears and how when it comes to … Continue reading