As my baby nears his first birthday, I wanted to reflect on our breastfeeding journey since I know it is coming to a close. My baby is about to turn one. ONE! My goal was to breastfeed for one year, and so I can say I have met this goal. However, I can’t say I met it successfully. I’ve struggled with low supply and nursing refusal since the beginning, and it looks like this is how the journey will also end. I’m only pumping at work once a day now, and I’m only getting one ounce of breast milk. It is time […]
I recently had to fly back to California to help with a funeral for my Grandmother, and I chose to go alone, leaving Baby H with Hubby at home. This was my first time being away from the baby, so I had to pump and freeze the 3 days I was gone. I wanted to share some quick tips based on what I learned during that experience. Pumping and Freezing Breast Milk I brought my pump as a carry-on (kind of a guard it with your life and don’t trust the luggage people situation) even though I didn’t actually pump on […]
Breastfeeding can be a beautiful, wonderful thing. But it isn’t for everyone, and that perfectly fine. Some women choose to breastfeed while others choose not to, and those are simply two ways to feed a baby. Unfortunately, there are people who make women feel guilty for the choices they make. Well I’m here to say let’s put an end to the bullying and stop the bressure. Some people might not even realize they are being breastfeeding bullies, so I have put together this little quiz to help identify what makes a bully. Are You a Breastfeeding Bully? Do you judge […]
I’ve previously shared my tips on pumping and what I carry in my pump bag at work. This lovely infographic from Cleveland Clinic has so much information about storing and using pumped breast milk. I wanted to share it during Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the US so I am continuing to share these lovely infographics. I found this graphic to have a lot of useful information for a new expecting mother and shares good tips and facts.
This year’s World Breastfeeding Week topic is Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s Make it Work. I thought I would share some thoughts as a breastfeeding working mom. Working Mom Breastfeeding Essentials Before returning to work Know your rights. Your workplace is required to provide a private space for mothers to pump as well as the break time to do so. Check out this tear sheet with details from the Fair Labor Standard Act. Visit your workplace prior to the end of your maternity leave and scope out the available space for expressing breast milk. Find out if your office has lactation […]
I’ve already shared my early breastfeeding journey, my challenges, and the enjoyable positive side. Since it is World Breastfeeding Awareness Week I thought I’d talk some more about the topic. The breastfeeding act usually takes place while sitting or reclining, and doesn’t allow for much multitasking of active to-do list items. However, there are still things one can do while breastfeeding. Here are some of the multi-tasking I’ve done while breastfeeding Baby H. Things you can do while breastfeeding. Eat. When Baby H was little and not so squirmy, I was able to nurse him cradle style in my lap […]
I’ve shared our early breastfeeding journey and my favorite things about breastfeeding for Baby H’s first 6 months. I think it also makes sense to share our current and ongoing struggles. I absolutely LOVE the post “To The Mom Who Didn’t Breastfeed” on Scary Mommy because there’s so much truth to that post. I love this part: Breastfeeding is about more than the milk. It’s about feeding your baby against your body, the two of you gazing at each other in wonder. It is connection. It is touch. It is two souls who spent ages looking for one another and […]
My little Baby H just turned 6 months! It feels like I was just sharing my birth story, and yet here we are at 6 months! At our 6 month appointment with the pediatrician, Baby H weighs in at 19 lbs 7 oz and is 28 inches tall! My big boy. He’s rolling over, moving his head all around and back, loving to be flipped in the air by Daddy, and tells us stories in babble. Despite all the pain, nursing strikes, supply issues, latch issues, etc etc, I am still breastfeeding my baby and I plan to continue […]
One of the items on my “Pregnancy To-Do” list was to order a breast pump. I had no idea where to even begin, but I knew my insurance covered some brands. I called my insurance at one point to ask about a bunch of general pregnancy-related coverage questions, and they mentioned some of the brands covered but did not tell me how to go about ordering one and getting insurance to pay for it directly. I certainly didn’t want to be stuck with the bill! So for any new or soon to be new moms, here is what I learned. I […]