Category: Breastfeeding

When Breastfeeding Goes Well

This is a guest post by Olivia from  This West Coast Mommy.  Sometimes it seems like we only hear about all the things that can go wrong with breastfeeding. I know I’ve read my fair share of breastfeeding horror stories about formula-pushing doctors, critical nurses, unsupportive families, bleeding nipples, low milk supply, and babies that scream and scream because they’re so hungry. While some women do have a really hard time, it’s important to remember this isn’t the norm. In fact, for many moms, things go fairly smoothly. I’m one of them! My oldest daughter nursed for 34 months until...

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Nursing in Public

 The following is a guest post from Laura of Laurabird.   I am a huge  advocate of breastfeeding and love to share my experience and knowledge any chance that I get.  I want to share with you all my thoughts on subject of Nursing In Public. In my opinion, this is a very important contributor to a successful breastfeeding relationship with your child. Initially, as a stay-at-home-mom I did not want to spend all of my days cooped up in the house.  I knew I needed to be comfortable nursing Liam anytime we were out and about.  It is so important to establish...

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11 Myths of Breastfeeding and Why You Should Ignore Them

Whether it’s from well meaning grandmas who just don’t have current info or misinformed people in the grocery store, you’ve likely heard many myths about breastfeeding. Today, we are going to talk about 11 of these breastfeeding myths and why you should ignore them! Myth: A breastfeeding mother should space her feedings so that her breasts will have time to refill.   Fact: A mother’s body is constantly making milk, storing milk between each feeding. When a breast is emptied, the body rushes to make milk to replace it. When it’s full, the body slows down production. Therefore, waiting until...

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Mom and Baby Bonding – A Breastfeeding Wonder

World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7 and to celebrate and spread the world, The Pistachio Project will be featuring guest posts by fellow bloggers! Today’s featured blogger is Kareen from Pink Heart String.  Check out her post below! Breastfeeding, cuddling and nursing my daughter is one of the best moments I have as a mother. I believe that it is one thing that no one else can do for her but me. When my daughter was born, she was immediately guided to crawl towards by breasts and had her first suck of milk. The feeling was unexplainable. Seeing my daughter the...

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Tips And Tricks For A Breastfeeding Mom Going Back To Work

I estimate that I pumped about 500 times at work when my children were babies. I struggled at times and other times it came with great ease. Here are some tip, tricks, and gadgets that helped me.   Tips And Tricks For A Breastfeeding Mom Going Back To Work Figure out your schedule In the two weeks leading up to returning to work, keep a log of every time you feed your baby. Look at the trends and see how that can work pumping at that time into your work schedule. If you are a teacher and you know...

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Breastfeeding IS an Effective Birth Control

  “You know if you just rely on breastfeeding, you’re sure to get pregnant.”  I’ve heard lines like that many times before. The funny thing is that they aren’t true. Breastfeeding CAN be an effective birth control.  It’s been used for centuries to space children. In fact, the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) is 98-99.5% effective. However, there is one catch. You must meet certain criteria in order to get that high of a success rate.   That is the problem. Some people think they are covered in the birth control area if they just breastfeed. However, there is a...

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Breastfed Babies Grow Differently

I step on the scale and weigh just myself. Step on the scale with my 9 month old daughter and weigh both of us. What? Really? Maybe I did the math wrong. Re-check math, nope it’s correct. Maybe I should re-weigh us, nope same number. Hmmm that seems lighter than I was hoping she’d weigh. I get on the internet and pull up the CDC growth chart. Oh my gosh! She’s not even ON the charts now! (For the record she was only in the 15% at 6 months) I wanted to weigh my daughter before her 9 month...

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