Clogged duct vs. Mastitis:

CLOGGED DUCT: ⠀⠀This is very common while breastfeeding and it is important to know the difference between clogged ducts and mastitis.⠀⠀⠀⠀Breasts have a pipe-like system of milk ducts. If a duct gets blocked, milk can have trouble going through and a clog can form. This can cause a lump in your breast and it canContinue reading “Clogged duct vs. Mastitis:”

Skin to Skin:

I bet most of you have heard that skin-to-skin is beneficial, but I find it incredibly fascinating to know why. There has been tons of research done on this (and you know I love my research) so I want to share. The history is so cool. 2 physicians in Colombia in the 1970’s didn’t haveContinue reading “Skin to Skin:”

History of the Breast Pump

The history of the breast pump: I don’t think I’ve ever spent so long on a post 😂. Yes, I’m a nerd but I find this so fascinating!! Pumps have come such a long way! Extracting milk has been around since Ancient Greece. Then patents for mechanical breast pumps were being filed in the mid-1800’s.Continue reading “History of the Breast Pump”

What can you do if you have a cold while breastfeeding?

Try Natural Remedies First: Rest (yeah right, if you’re breastfeeding that means you also have a baby to take care of!). Increase fluid intake and stay hydrated. Turn a humidifier on. Take extra Vitamin C (either a supplement or from food sources). Nasal saline spray Steam treatments Essential oils Drinking hot lemonade with honey SaltwaterContinue reading “What can you do if you have a cold while breastfeeding?”

Don’t have unrealistic expectations of breastfeeding twins!

I was doing a little research on google and came across this image on a parenting site. The topic was about breastfeeding twins and I looked at this and laughed. If a pregnant twin mom or a new twin mom saw this and thought this is how breastfeeding twins would be, she’s likely in forContinue reading “Don’t have unrealistic expectations of breastfeeding twins!”

Power Pumping

Power pumping can be very useful for increasing and building a milk supply. The idea is to mimic a baby who is nursing frequently (like during a growth spurt) and/or cluster feeding. Both of these signal mom’s body to produce more milk for her baby. Here is how it works with pumping:⠀Setup like you’re goingContinue reading “Power Pumping”

Pumping Hacks

All of these hacks are free or nearly free! And they can be lifesavers. Pumping can be stressful, on top of taking care of a baby, so let’s make our lives a little easier. I’ve found all of these to be really helpful.  I still have all of my pink basins from the hospital whenContinue reading “Pumping Hacks”