Breastfeeding – Other questions

I decided to answer a couple of the common questions about breastfeeding. These questions are great for my readers who don’t read the comments: 1-      If your baby is just playing at the breast instead of nursing: This usually happens when your baby is about 3 months old and when (s)he can see better and chooses to observe his or her … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding 107 – Storing Breast Milk

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Even if you do not go to work after your baby is born and become a stay-at-home-mom, you might find pumping and storing your milk helpful.  You have to use either a hand pump or an electric pump to express your milk and store it in the refrigerator. Here are the advantages of storing breast milk: If you have to go out, so that you can have milk … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding 102 – First Experience after Birth

Every pregnant woman looks forward to nursing their babies with with a curious wonder. This is the bond that connects the baby to the mother after carrying him/her inside hew womb for 9 months. I cannot exactly describe the feeling that comes over during nursing. You kind of feel elated or in seventh heaven, a total bliss of motherhood (once you … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding 101 – Amazing Mother’s Milk

I am going to write a series on breastfeeding, just like the one I wrote on sleeping by composing the information I read in the books, recommendations I received from other mothers and my own personal experiences. First, I want to write about the physiological features of mother’s milk as well as its production. I don’t want to act as if we are … [Read more...]

What to do when you’re past your due date

When you are past your due date

When you are past your due date provided by your ob/gyn at the beginning of your pregnancy, it's not a big red flag unless advised by your ob/gyn. Based on my experience, I know expectant mothers look for ways to help initiate the labor. I want to share some of the things you can do, if your due date has passed. Having experienced this once … [Read more...]

How lactation consultants help breastfeeding mothers

After the birth of your baby, while you are still in the hospital, one thing I would definitely suggest you, is to consult “Lactation Consultants”. If you have a natural birth, you will stay at the hospital for two days. If you have a C-section, you will stay for four days. During this time at least once, better twice, talk to these … [Read more...]

Product Review: Supplemental Nursing System

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We might insist on doing things a certain way with the passion of wanting to be "super mothers" during the first days of motherhood. I am guilty of this crime as well. Despite the fact that I started breastfeeding and my colostrum came immediately after I gave birth, my son started losing weight rapidly in the next few days. My doctor and nurses … [Read more...]

Product Review: Nursing Covers

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I am a big advocate of breastfeeding your baby whenever (s)he wants and wherever you are. To me, being able to breastfeed outside of home was so much easier than finding water at room temperature and mixing it with formula, heating the cold-stored breast milk or looking for a secluded place to breastfeed. Nursing blankets (or nursing covers) … [Read more...]

Motherhood by the book

I read one too many books during my pregnancy and the first months after my baby was born. I've decided to apply all the rules and lessons I've learned but real life taught me otherwise. Here is what I've read and what I say now based on my actual experience: 1. I read that: When a baby is born (s)he should be given only breast milk or the … [Read more...]