How Moms Can Get a Free Breast Pump Through Insurance

The Affordable Care Act of 2012, also referred as Obama Care, is surrounded in controversy, but one aspect of the program is gaining in popularity with new moms. Breast pumps are now a covered benefit with no co-pays or cost shares and are helping to improve the health of mothers and babies. The ACA is […]

Tips for Exclusive Pumping for your Baby

  With my first baby, I pumped for about six months, and with my second baby, I pumped for nearly sixteen months.  I thought I would write this blog post to share my experience and to encourage you to utilize pumping in any way it makes your life easier! My first delivery was very rough.  […]

Nursing a Fussy Baby?

  If you are nursing a new baby and find that he or she is really fussy, consider what you are eating.  What you eat has a huge impact on your baby.  Some babies tolerate anything you eat and have no problems.  Others really struggle, and what you eat makes their tummies hurt.  Let me […]

Breastfeeding Essentials

Breastfeeding is a constant part of your day when you are a new mom, and as such, is a constant part of your life. Initially you are overwhelmed … the associated ravenous hunger, pumping, clogged ducts, mastitis, etc.  Here is a shopping list of the breastfeeding essentials: #1: An EXPENSIVE, FANTASTIC Bra No, the local […]

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and the Prenatal Vitamin

“I’ve delivered literally thousands of babies over the past 30+ years,” says a smiling Dr. Doug Odom, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist in Jackson, Mississippi. “And I’ve talked with expectant mothers about the importance of good nutrition ever since I started practicing. But it wasn’t until Juice Plus+® came along that I felt really comfortable […]

Attachment Parenting: A Close Bond from the Start

  New parents are always receiving advice, some of it is valuable and some of it is completely out there. Sometimes we need it, but sometimes it is unsolicited.  With all the advice, suggestions and methods of parenting, it might be confusing for a new parent to decide what kind of relationship they want with […]

Truth or Myth: Does breast milk cause cavities?

If you have ever nursed a child past the age of 12 months, you have probably heard the following from a dentist or pediatrician:  “Breast milk causes tooth decay, so don’t let your child nurse at night or go to bed with a bottle.” It’s better termed “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay” or “Nursing Caries,” although it […]

My Role as a Human Pacifier

I know some of you will be able to relate or even sympathize with this scenario, and then again some of you won’t agree with my thoughts on the subject.  Either way, I’m ok with it.  I don’t need sympathy nor assurance, and I know that mothering a child is a very personal thing – […]

Lifestyle and Breastmilk Supply

  Reading Real Food for Mother and Baby reminded me of some things about breastfeeding, specifically the relationship between parenting styles and milk supply that I’ve noticed as I’ve been a mother. I researched breastfeeding while pregnant with my first, subsequently putting away my ‘if they’re old enough to ask for it, they’re too old […]

To Nurse or Not to Nurse

If you are trying to decide whether to breastfeed or formula feed your newborn, here is a website full of positives for breastfeeding.  Of course, there are times when that isn’t an option, but when you can, I am a true believer! Breastfeeding Basics

Increasing Your Milk Supply

I found various online resources for breastfeeding mothers who are needing help in increasing milk supply. Some talk about possible causes and how to tell if it really is low or not. I encourage you to also call your local La Leche League Chapter for assistance. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-supply.html http://www.kellymom.com/newman/b-protocol_increase_bmilk_intake.html http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/html/increasing.shtml http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/galact.asp http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/t022800.asp http://lactinv.com/breastfeeding_qna.php?article=increasing_your_milk_supply