We have visited over 30,000 brand new parents in their homes, as they transition from pregnancy to parenthood. We have witnessed joy and excitement but also tears and frustration as families felt overwhelmed and unprepared.
One out of every 4 or 5 women will suffer from postpartum depression and/or anxiety in the year following the birth of their baby. Here are 12 important things you should know.
Whether you deliver vaginally or by C-section, you will have period-like bleeding after birth. Healthcare professionals refer to bleeding after birth as ‘flow’ or ‘lochia’.
Caring for a newborn baby can be a bit overwhelming at first. Some things can be downright alarming! Many times, however, they are actually normal. Here are the top 10 alarming (but normal) things you may notice in your newborn.
From meconium to transitional to yellow curdy… baby’s poops go through a lot of changes in the first few days of life. We will walk you through what to expect and when to worry through each of the stages.
Most women will experience some nipple tenderness when they are learning to breastfeed. It can be uncomfortable at the beginning of each feed; this discomfort typically eases off within the first 10 seconds after latching.
Breastfeeding a newborn is time-consuming! New moms are learning to breastfeed at the same time as they are healing from birth. As a partner, you are probably willing to help but maybe unsure of how you can help with breastfeeding.
As Lactation Consultants, we are frequently asked what pump we would recommend. This is a difficult question to answer as the type of pump that is best will depend on your reason for pumping breast milk.
It is very common to worry if you have enough milk. In fact, one of the most common reasons women stop breastfeeding (or begin to give extra bottles of formula) is the belief that they don’t have enough milk. Most of the time, they actually DO have enough milk.
You will spend a lot of time breastfeeding your newborn so you will want to be comfortable! The following breastfeeding positions have worked well for other moms. Feel free to experiment and find out what is most comfortable for both you and your baby. After a bit of practice, you may even invent your own position!
There are many breastfeeding products on the market! In this post, we will help you sift through what’s available, what you will truly need, and what is an optional purchase.
Parents frequently ask us “Do I need to breastfeed from both breasts at every feed? If I do, how do I know when to switch sides?” Great questions! There is no one right answer for all babies. Here are some principles to help you decide.
Did you know there are things you can do in the first minutes and days with your newborn that can increase milk supply?
Women choose to bottle feed expressed breast milk for a variety of reasons. The health benefits of breast milk for babies is well documented. Expressing milk is extra work and takes time and dedication. If you are expressing your milk, feel proud of the hard work you are doing to give this gift to your baby!
New parents tell us the most stressful part of having a new baby is the “unknowns”. Learning some of the basics about breastfeeding a newborn BEFORE the baby arrives can help to ease this stress. In this post, we’ll explain what to expect in the first week of breastfeeding and how to give yourself the best chance for breastfeeding success.
Long before there were Lactation Consultants, there were moms and babies. Women breastfed their babies, assisted by their mothers, aunts, cousins, and neighbors, all of whom had breastfed their own babies.
To help your baby get more breast milk at each feed, you could try a technique called ‘breast compression’. This gentle squeezing mimics the breast’s natural milk letdown, encouraging the baby to suck. In this post, we’ll explain when and how to do it.
There are many baby tracker apps available for mobile phones. Most have a built-in breastfeeding timer. They are tempting to use in an effort to understand your baby. Are they getting enough to eat? What is their feeding pattern? How can you get in some type of schedule?
Newborns should have at least one bowel movement, larger than a quarter size, each day for their first and second days after birth. Their first stools, called meconium, are dark green to almost black in color. The consistency is tar-like and they typically have no odor.
Are you struggling to find a comfortable latch? Is your nipple pinched after each feed or shaped like a tube of new lipstick? You may want to try what Lactation Consultants call “baby self attachment”.
It is a newborn’s instinct to search for his mother’s breast. Most babies will latch and begin to feed within a few hours after birth. Occasionally, a baby will not latch to the breast. This can be very frustrating and discouraging for a new mother!
One of the most important decisions you will make as a new parent is how you are going to feed your baby. Understanding the benefits of breastfeeding can be key in helping you to make this decision. Families have told us that knowing why breastfeeding is important to them has helped them to hang in through a challenging start to breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding can be challenging at the beginning when both you and your baby are learning. Here are 10 important breastfeeding tips we’d like every pregnant woman to know.
Baby’s poops go through a lot of changes in the first few days of life. We will walk you through what to expect and when to worry through each of the stages.