10 Powerful Pumping Tips to Increase Your Efficiency & Pump More Milk

If you’re a pumping mama, the one thing that’s always on your mind is time. It takes time to carve out pumping sessions. It takes time to wash the shields and bottles. And worst of all, it takes time away from your baby and time from all the other items on your giant to-do list. If you’re taking the time to sit down and pump, you want to make sure it’s a worthwhile endeavor. That is, you want to see that the results of your labor have been worth the half hour you’ve sacrificed doing other things. So if you’re looking for ways to maximize your milk output during pumping, here are ten … [Read more...]

How to Feel Comfortable Breastfeeding in Public {Free Printable}

It's a sad, but common reality when a mother is shamed or made to feel uncomfortable for trying to feed her child in public...whether by someone's rude remarks or by her own internal fears. As if feeding your baby is something out of the ordinary and offensive. But so goes the stigma that is often attached to breastfeeding in public. A bad first experience And there I was at a new mom's group. Everyone facing each other in a circle sharing their different birthing experiences, time management struggles and advice for soothing a crying baby. A place where first-time moms should feel … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding in the Summer: How to Survive the Heat with Baby

I fidgeted in my seat, drenched in sweat under the party tent, along with other guests. The late August sun scorching down on my body and baby under the sky blue nursing cover. It was a hot one for sure. And baby wasn't having it...hands flailing in the air, pulling on the obtrusive nursing cover, as a worried new mama nervously rocked baby back to the soothing breast. Even though we were seated in a relatively shady area, the summer heat was too much of a challenge to grapple with while breastfeeding. I needed to seek refuge in the air conditioned house and excuse myself. This post … [Read more...]

Pumping Hacks for the Breastfeeding Mom: Tips to Build a Milk Supply

Are you a breastfeeding mother struggling to build up a milk supply? These no-brainer pumping tips will help you produce more milk so you can store up a supply to bottle feed baby. Perfect for moms going back to the workforce or moms who just want to get a hand feeding baby! This post contains affiliate links.   The whirring of a breast pump machine is a sound that brings numerous memories to mind for the nursing mother. Hee haw, hee haw, hee haw. It's an incessant hum that can infiltrate those exhausting days and nights throughout the blur of the newborn phase. Some moms … [Read more...]

10 Breastfeeding Hacks the Nursing Mom Needs in Her Life

Any breastfeeding mother will tell you there are just some things she wish she knew sooner - breastfeeding hacks or tips and tricks that made nursing a little easier. Because let's face it, breastfeeding can come with its share of challenges. From best ways to store breast milk and increase milk supply to relieving engorgement and pumping like a pro, I'm sharing a few nursing tips moms will truly appreciate. Such genius ways to make life easier for nursing moms and a must-read for moms who feed on demand or moms who want to keep baby full. This post may contain affiliate links. How … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Truths: The Pros & Cons Every Mom Should Know

Breastfeeding a baby is a very personal choice. It’s something that every mom needs to decide on her own and figure out what works for her as parent, as well as for her entire family. I breastfed all three of my children and do think it’s one of the greatest things a mother can do for her child, but I also know the very real struggles it entails and can understand why some women choose not to do it (or simply cannot do it). This post is not here to discourage or bash you for breastfeeding or not breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a wonderful thing, but there are times when it’s not so … [Read more...]

9 Must-Try Tips for Getting a Breastfed Baby to Take a Bottle

If you've struggled to get your breastfed baby to take a bottle, you are not alone. Many mothers experience this very same challenge. Stay-at-home mothers may breastfeed exclusively and then for one reason or another choose to introduce a bottle. Working mothers face this same challenge even more so, especially when they are working outside of the home full-time and need to pump and bottle-feed to continue to supply baby with breast milk. But the big question of course is, will baby even take a bottle? After having three kids in three years as a working mamma, here are the best tips I've … [Read more...]

10 Breastfeeding Tips to Succeed the First Few Days at Home

Breastfeeding like parenting, is one of those things you are never truly prepared for in full. Sure you might do your research and may even hear a million and one stories from other moms that have been there. But the truth is, none of them will be an exact match to your breastfeeding experience.  Every mother's journey in breastfeeding is unique. And unfortunately, most moms have to learn the ins and outs of breastfeeding first hand, the hard way. But when we stumble upon a few golden nuggets, it's important to share them with other moms out there embarking on this new chapter in life. The … [Read more...]

The Secret to Keeping Your Breastfed Baby Full

Are you a breastfeeding mama struggling with a perpetually-hungry baby like me? I've often wondered why my breastfed babies never seemed satisfied after most feedings. They never appeared to get "as full" as formula-fed babies. They would fuss after a feeding, have trouble sleeping through the night and continue to reach for the breast after nursing. In fact, this is the routine each and every evening. I'm exhausted, nursing around the clock every two hours. Once I think I can sit down and get some chores done or play with my toddler and preschooler, that ravenous hunger strikes again. … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Naturally Increase Your Breast Milk Supply

Even though breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby, it isn’t always the easiest journey. One of the biggest challenges with breastfeeding is maintaining your milk supply. Many first-time moms, or extended breastfeeding moms may struggle with this issue, either from inexperience or the demands of life. But boosting your milk supply is something you can train your body to do naturally. Before trying to increase your milk supply it helps to check if you really do have a low supply issue. Determining a low milk supply So, how do you actually know if you have a low … [Read more...]