Breastfeeding Information

#MilkMemos Newsletter

Our newsletter reaches out to all members, volunteers, and donors to Breastfeeding USA, AND to all those who breastfeed and who provide vital support to mothers and children.

#MilkMemos Issue #1

14 Ways to Hack Your Pumping Routine

Are you an employed or student mom who just so happens to be breastfeeding your baby, or a breastfeeding mom who is employed or attends school full time? Whether you identify more with your role as a breastfeeder or an employed/student mom, your pump is the lifeline that connects you to your baby when you are separated. Love or hate your pump, wouldn’t it be a dream to minimize the amount of time and effort that goes into the ritual of pumping?

Breastfeeding Information Articles

The following articles may be of interest to mothers and those who support them. This is just the beginning of an extensive online library which will grow over time as the organization grows. Our goal is to provide evidence-based information and support: What Does Evidence-Based Mean? Each article is well researched and contains up-to-date information. An Editorial Review Board ensures the quality of the articles.

¡Cuéntame sobre los frenillos cortos!

Escrito por Norma Ritter, IBCLC, RLC

¿Te has fijado en la cantidad de bebés hoy día que están siendo diagnosticados con frenillos linguales o frenillos labiales cortos? ¿Qué son los frenillos linguales y es verdad afectan la lactancia? ¿Por qué son más comunes hoy que nunca? ¿Cómo se podrán arreglar?

Breastfeeding Information Articles

The following articles may be of interest to mothers and those who support them. This is just the beginning of an extensive online library which will grow over time as the organization grows. Our goal is to provide evidence-based information and support: What Does Evidence-Based Mean? Each article is well researched and contains up-to-date information. An Editorial Review Board ensures the quality of the articles.

Amazing Mammal Mothers Making Milk

You may have heard someone say that breastfeeding our babies is a basic human right. However, it isn't uniquely human. In fact, we share breastfeeding with non-human mammals—cats, cows, and capabara, to name a few. In fact, the term mammal comes from the word mammalis, which is of Latin origin and means "from the breast." Mammals share many features, such as warm-bloodedness, hair, a four-chambered heart, as well as feeding of the infant with milk from the mammary glands.

Library of Breastfeeding Articles

The following articles may be of interest to mothers and those who support them. This is just the beginning of an extensive online library which will grow over time as the organization grows. Our goal is to provide evidence-based information and support: What Does Evidence-Based Mean? Each article is well researched and contains up-to-date information. An Editorial Review Board ensures the quality of the articles.

A Case for Using Galactagogues as a Last Resort for Increasing Milk Production

One of the most common questions I receive by email or Facebook message from mothers seeking breastfeeding support is, “What can I take, eat, or drink to increase my supply?” The Internet contains countless articles, blogs, advertisements, and testimonials about using galactagogues to increase milk production in breastfeeding mothers. A galactagogue is a food, drink, medication, or supplement that is ingested by the mother with the intention of increasing the amount of milk produced. The concern I find with answering this type of inquiry is that most of the time, mothers are looking for a quick and easy way to boost supply, when there may either be an underlying problem related to milk production that needs to be addressed, or the mother may already have an adequate milk supply.

Breastfeeding Twins and More

There it is: One beautiful beating heart on the ultrasound screen… and then you see another. Whether you knew it was a possibility or not, the moment you discover you’re having more than one baby is life-changing.

What is Vitamin D?

Did you know that “Vitamin D” is not really a vitamin? It’s actually a steroid hormone produced in the body after direct exposure of the skin to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation in sunlight. Both the vitamin D that your body produces and the vitamin D from supplements must be changed by your body several times before it can function properly. Vitamin D manages the amount of calcium in your blood and other body tissues, helps cells all over your body communicate properly, and assists your immune system in functioning effectively (Vitamin D Council, 2013).