Breastfeeding Information

Nursing in Public: What US Mothers Faced from Colonial Times Until Today

“I can’t believe she’s doing THAT in public!” could be a comment on a multitude of situations. Unfortunately, it’s often used when a mother is seen nursing her child outside of the home. Breastfeeding in public is a top concern of many nursing mothers - they are worried about what people will say, whether they will be asked to leave a public place, or afraid they’ll become a headline news story! Why and when did breastfeeding in public become cause for public outcry? What is all the fuss about?

Weaning: Every Mother's Journey

When breastfeeding, inevitably the topic of weaning comes up. “How long will you go for?” “What’s your goal?” “Are you going to nurse until baby is ready to stop?” “You’ll stop before he goes to college, right?” The answers to these questions (except the last one!) are not so simple. Breastfeeding is a relationship between two people - mother and baby. As both evolve and grow throughout the relationship, so do ideas about weaning.

Maternal Autoimmune Disorders and Breastfeeding

One of the most common health concerns for women of childbearing age is an autoimmune disorder. According to the American Autoimmune Related Disorders Association (1), authorities estimate that around one in five people—two thirds of them women—are living with an autoimmune disorder in the United States.

Milk Sharing—Formal and Informal

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An Open Letter to Partners

Dear Partner,

You may be wondering, “What is breastfeeding going to mean for me?” It’s a valid question! While a partner is not required, a supportive partner can be a key element in helping the mother to breastfeed.

Mother and baby may be the stars of the breastfeeding show, but partners play a major supporting role.

Expressing Milk Before Birth: A Tool for Use in Special Circumstances

What is antenatal (prenatal) milk expression? Why would women do it? Antenatal milk expression (AME) refers to extracting colostrum (the first milk) from the breast prior to birth, usually by hand expressing. In recent years, AME has been suggested to some mothers who have Type I or gestational diabetes. Babies born to mothers with diabetes may be at an increased risk of being hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) at birth and are sometimes supplemented with formula in an attempt to increase their glucose levels.

For Teens: Going Back to School and Breastfeeding!

You've done a truly amazing thing. You nurtured a baby in your body and you birthed that baby. And you are still nurturing this baby as a breastfeeding mother. You and your baby are a nursing team.

Tell Me About Tongue Ties!

Have you noticed how so many babies these days are being diagnosed with tongue and/or lip ties? What are tongue ties, and do they really affect breastfeeding? Why do they seem to be more prevalent lately? How can they be treated?

Phone Apps for Breastfeeding Mothers

Being a modern breastfeeding mother definitely has it's perks! Whether you're camped out on the couch nursing that newborn or expressing milk away from home, your smart phone or tablet offers a lot of beneficial help.

How Much Milk Should You Expect to Pump?

Do you ever second-guess your milk supply after pumping? Do you compare it with the volume of milk your friend or neighbor pumps? Do you compare it with the milk you pumped for a previous baby? Before you start to worry, you first need to know how much pumped milk is average. Many mothers discover—to their surprise—that when they compare their own pumping experience with the norm, they’re doing just fine. Take a deep breath and read on.