Breastfeeding and Cancer Patients: Rules May Soon Change

I have two friends that suffered breast cancer before the age of 40. Breast cancer is not the only form of cancer affecting women of child-bearing age. Young women suffer from colorectal cancer, lymphoma, leukemia and other forms of cancer. ... read more »

Is Breast Milk Safe for Him?

There are countless questions and discussions about men being addicted to or in love with breast milk. Behind the discussions are women wondering if sharing breast milk with hubby is the best idea. ... read more »

Should my breasts be leaking during pregnancy?

The changes that occur in a woman's body during pregnancy are absolutely amazing. Through all three of my pregnancies the changes remained new and exciting until my breasts started leaking. ... read more »

How to Handle Breast Leaks at Work

Breastfeeding is the best way to feed baby, but it doesn't afford many women the option of staying at home the entire first year after birth. When you must return to the workplace you must also prepare for leaking breasts at any and all times. ... read more »

Calming Baby is as Easy as S, S, S.

The human body needs rest to recuperate from pregnancy and childbirth but baby needs round-the-clock care, so how can you manage both? The S-S-S technique will surely bring your baby calm and you a lot more rest during the first 12 months of life. ... read more »

7 Things I Learned Raising a Preemie: Kangaroo Care

Learning never changes when you are a parent. From the first moments your infant comes into the world you are learning. When I gave birth to premature infants I was forced into a world I had never known. ... read more »

To Hydrate Your Newborn, Don’t Just Add Water

While it’s important that your newborn baby stays hydrated too, you should not be giving him or her water. Newborn babies get hydration from the milk they drink, whether it’s breast milk or formula. ... read more »

Effective Vaccine for Baby Produced by Your Own Breasts

One of the most amazing feats your body will perform late in the third trimester is the automatic production of special breast milk called colostrum.  ... read more »

Breastfeeding Challenges for New Moms

I remember when my second cousin had her boys. We were all excited for a new set of twins in the family, but we were also collectively sympathetic when she decided to breastfeed. ... read more »

Is Tandem Breastfeeding Truly an Option?

It seemed to me that the older children were nursing less and less. Was it simply because they were getting older, or because there wasn’t enough milk to feed all of them? Can one woman’s body really keep up with the demands of several nursing children at one time? ... read more »

The Risk of Alzheimer’s May Be Reduced through Breastfeeding

Alzheimer’s and dementia runs pretty strongly in my father’s family and he’s afraid that one day he’ll develop Alzheimer’s as well. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but for women there is a possibility of reducing the risk through breastfeeding. ... read more »

Does Breastfeeding Make for Sleepless Nights?

Before a friend of mine recently had her first baby, she spent months deciding whether or not she would breastfeed. It is a major decision, and with the advances in baby formula, there are perfectly healthy ways around it for women who choose not to do it. ... read more »

Pacifiers Don’t Interfere with Breastfeeding

Obviously, pacifiers are designed to calm your baby down, and they mimic the shape of a mother’s nipple. They have been used for years now to pacify infants, and there has always been some controversy surrounding them. ... read more »

The Relationship Between Skin Contact and Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding gives children natural immunities and nutrients and it’s also a close bonding experience. Though they were successful in breastfeeding their children for at least six months, not all women are able to breastfeed for as long. ... read more »

Breastfed Babies are Less Likely to Get Salmonella

It’s obviously extremely important that you prevent your baby from getting salmonella, but sometimes it isn’t as easy as keeping the utensils clean and cooking food thoroughly. ... read more »

Bed Sharing Good for Breastfeeding, Bad for Infant Health

Both of my sisters as well as several cousins made the decision to breastfeed their children immediately after birth. This is generally accepted as one of the best feeding options because of the nutrients and natural immunities that breast milks gives infants. ... read more »

Breastfed Children Less Likely to Stutter

My friend’s twins both developed a stutter around first and second grade. This is isn’t an uncommon development for twins and it can be quite easily treated with speech therapy. ... read more »

What to Do About Breast Engorgement

It’s perfectly normal for your breasts to be especially large and tender right after your birth. However, there is another fairly common condition you might be experiencing if your breasts feel hard, swollen, and uncomfortable. In this case, you’re likely engorged. ... read more »

Some Babies are Born Tongue-Tied

Though you may associate the term with someone who is having trouble talking, being tongue-tied is also a term for a condition that many babies are born with. Medically, the condition is know as ankyloglossia. ... read more »

A Nipple by Any Other Name

Not using pacifiers? Did any mother not use pacifiers? According to the cousin whose shower I was attending, giving a baby pacifier reduces the time he/she breastfeeds. Why would having a pacifier to suck on make any difference to a baby’s breastfeeding habits? ... read more »

When Breastfeeding, There is No “Right” Position

When you bring your baby home for the first time, every new activity is an adventure. From putting your newborn to bed to dressing him or her for the first time, you’ll feel wholly unprepared for every new event if it’s your first time. ... read more »

How to Tell if Your Baby is Hungry Before He Cries

Babies don’t often cry for no reason at all, though it certainly seems like they might sometimes. Usually, your baby will be wailing because he or she needs something. Even when he simply becomes frustrated that he can’t communicate, he might start crying. ... read more »

Does Your Baby Love His Bathwater?

You don’t need to give your baby any extra water when he or she is just an infant. However, you might be surprised when he or she starts drinking bathwater. ... read more »

Breast Milk Overflow? Consider Donating to the NICU

For many mothers who welcome their babies into the world ahead of schedule, ensuring that their tiny miracles get enough to eat can be an incredible challenge. For the youngest of the preemies, their digestive systems are not even developed enough to process milk. ... read more »

Breastfeeding Offers Extended Vacation from Menstruation

Even before you’ve actually given birth to your baby, you’ll need to make the decision about whether or not you’ll breastfeed. If you make the choice to do so, you’ll need to start almost right away when your baby gets hungry for the first time outside the womb. ... read more »

Mastitis Isn’t Only for Women who are Currently Breastfeeding

Mastitis is a painful and inconvenient condition that is relatively common in women who are breastfeeding. Not only is it painful, but it can also interfere with your baby’s regular feeding schedule, which could bring on a slew of other problems. ... read more »

Breastfeeding with Implants

If you got breast implants earlier in your life and you’re now thinking of having a baby, you’re probably wondering how the implants might affect your ability to breastfeed your baby. ... read more »

Increase your Baby’s IQ by Breastfeeding

If you’re unsure about whether or not breastfeeding will benefit you and your child, you should explore its many benefits. Breastfeeding has been associated with a number of advantages to a baby’s health. ... read more »

Mom Might Not be The Only One with Swollen Breasts

You’re certainly well aware that your own breasts might become swollen during your pregnancy as a result of raging hormones, but did you know that your baby’s breasts might be swollen too? ... read more »

Family Foodie Friday - Baby Formula Substitutes

Breast milk is the absolute best thing for babies. Even the makers of infant formula will say that their formula can’t compare. However, breastfeeding isn’t always as easy as you think it will be and what happens when you’re unable to breastfeed your child for the full year or so they need it? ... read more »

Will Stopping Breastfeeding Make Moms Sad?

The cessation of breastfeeding is known to have a possible link with depression and anxiety in new mothers. The unintentional cessation of breastfeeding can be heartbreaking for some women, since it is the final bodily process from your pregnancy. ... read more »

Can Breastfeeding Improve Your Baby’s Brain Growth?

Breastfeeding has been a hot topic for women since instant formula was created. Some women think that breastfeeding is the only way to go. Some think that it’s good for the first few months, but then formula can used, and some women only ever use formula. ... read more »

Aluminum in Infant Formula

Though most doctors agree that breastfeeding is the best choice after pregnancy, many doctors also agree that sometimes it’s just not the best option. If breastfeeding negatively impacts the health of the mother and infant, then formula is recommended. ... read more »

Why Baby Foods Aren’t Suitable for Weaning

Many babies go safely from breast milk straight to solid foods with no trouble. A recent study supports this method and suggests that parents should try a strict milk-based diet until their little ones are ready for solid food. ... read more »

What to Do When Your Breast Milk Runs Dry

A friend of mine recently stopped breastfeeding because she suddenly stopped producing enough milk. Though her doctor insisted that she could still breastfeed if she wanted to by trying to increase her supply, she graciously took it as nature’s hint. ... read more »

Is B.O. a Breastfeeding Requirement?

It’s bad enough that you’re heavier than you used to be, disheveled from sleepless nights and pulsing with leftover hormones when you’re a new mom, but do you also have to be stinky from body odor? ... read more »

A Drunk Baby is Not a Happy Baby

Everyone has at least one thing they judge. It may be shameful, but it is a reality of being human. There is always at least one person who we look at out of the corner of our eyes and think disparaging thoughts. ... read more »

Is Strict Scheduling Healthy for Babies?

It is really healthy to keep a newborn on a strict schedule for eating and sleeping? ... read more »

How Long Should You Breastfeed?

Talk to five different people about how long you should breastfeed, and you’re likely to hear five different answers. The general consensus is that breastfeeding is a great idea for at least the first six months of a child’s life, but after that, it starts to get a little fuzzy. ... read more »

Why You May Have to Stop Breastfeeding

My older and younger sisters have each taken very different approaches to breastfeeding in regards to duration. However, they both had that choice. Unfortunately, some women are forced to stop breastfeeding due to elements outside of their control. ... read more »

Hindmilk Versus Foremilk

Though feeding your baby with the milk you produce seems like a very simple and straightforward process, the milk you are producing is actually very multifaceted. ... read more »

Privacy Improves Breastfeeding

If you choose to breastfeed your baby, you should expect to start right after your baby is born. In fact, some experts suggest allowing your baby to try suckling right after the baby gets cleaned up post-delivery. ... read more »

A Breast a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

The last time I mentioned my husband’s allergies, she told me he was not breastfed, but his younger brother was. Could this really explain the difference in how the two men responded to the changing seasons? ... read more »

Breastfeeding Adapts to Provide Beneficial Stomach Bacteria

All of my sisters started breastfeeding their children right away. Some of them stuck with it longer than the others for one reason or another, but they all made the choice to start out with breast milk because they wanted to give their children all the nutrients they could. ... read more »

Taking Birth Control while Breastfeeding

While statistics show that breastfeeding is as effective as contraceptive pills, you shouldn’t rely on it if you’re seriously trying not to get pregnant. There’s a chance you could, and you won’t know the moment when your body decides to become fertile again. ... read more »

Does Breastfeeding Make Your Baby Poop More?

When it comes to your baby’s bowel movements, there really is no “normal.” Your baby might poop at least after every feeding while your friend’s baby might only poop once every week. ... read more »

What Factors Could Influence Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is a hot topic for women. All of my sisters started out breastfeeding, but some lasted longer than others. Unfortunately, there are a lot of factors that stop women from breastfeeding. ... read more »

Whatever Decision You Make about Breastfeeding, Stick To It

Once you begin breastfeeding, you must stay committed to it until you are ready to wean your baby. There are many benefits to breastfeeding, including a “shot” of immunoglobins in the first few days of breast milk after pregnancy. ... read more »

How Many Types of Baby Bottles Could There Possibly Be?

Baby bottles are still one of the most prevalent symbols for babies. I had to question myself: how many types of baby bottles could there possibly be, and does it really make a difference? ... read more »

Even a Glass of Wine Might be Too Much for Breastfeeding Moms

Recently, I celebrated a birthday with a friend who had just had a baby. She was turning twenty-seven, and her newborn baby was with the grandparents for the evening. She explained that she hadn’t had alcohol since her baby was born three months ago. ... read more »