Babies don’t come with instruction manuals, so we must trust our own motherly intuition and experience in order to make the best decisions for our children. But, how can you trust your own “gut feeling” when everyone around you is offering their own opinion? Today our panelists share how understanding and using their own breastfeeding intuition and benefited them.
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We all have our own unique breastfeeding challenges. Overcoming those challenges and persevering can greatly empower you on your breastfeeding journey. April learned about her aggressive cancer just 11 days after giving birth to her fourth child. Determined to breastfeed her baby, April pumped and dumped her breast milk throughout her chemo treatments in order to keep her milk supply. This is her amazing story of strength and determination.
If your breasts are swollen, red and tender- you may have an infection known as mastitis. What are the common symptoms and ways to treat it? Should you continue to breastfeed your baby? What are the risks? And if it’s not mastitis, then what’s causing that painful lump?
We’re often told to avoid alcohol when breastfeeding. That’s the “safe” answer, but it’s not always practical. So, if you’re going to have a drink, what do you need to know to protect your breast milk? How long should you wait to breastfeed your baby? How much alcohol is actually getting into your milk and how can that impact your baby? Can beer actually boost your milk supply? Plus, learn some alternatives to the dreaded “pump and dump”.
When it comes to breastfeeding, it seems like everyone has an opinion they want to share. But, that doesn’t mean the information is always accurate. This episode explores common myths and misconceptions when it comes to milk supply.
If your baby is having a hard time latching, he may need a nipple shield to help get breastfeeding off to a good start. And even though nipple shields can help, there are definite pros and cons to using them. What’s the correct way to use them? And when should you perhaps try other alternatives?
If you’re pumping, you want your breast milk to stay as fresh as possible for your baby. How long can you leave pumped milk in the fridge and freezer? What are some smart storage options for using only the amount of milk your little one actually needs? Plus, how can you tell if your milk has gone bad?
About 15% of women will experience postpartum depression each year- which is more than the amount of women who are diagnoses with breast cancer, diabetes or those who have a stroke. What are the signs of PPD and how can it impact your breastfeeding experience?