Posts Tagged ‘breastfeeding’

10 Things About Breastfeeding You May Or May Not Know

By RaddestMom

Breastfeeding is such an amazing thing. It is truly incredible what the human body is capable of. Here are a few things that I experienced during breastfeeding. Also, some facts you may or may not know about breastfeeding/breastmilk.

1. You get a wave of nausea for a few seconds when your milk “lets down”.
During the first few weeks of breast-feeding, there’s a lovely internal clock clock that helps train your boobs. A common symptom breast-feeding moms face is that quick flash of nausea when your milk is ready to go, followed by….

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 8.56.58 PM2. You get a tingling zap in your breasts when it’s time to nurse
A lot of times, the nausea flash is followed by a quick prickling sensation through your breasts. It doesn’t hurt, it’s just another way your body’s training you to feed your baby! Both of these symptoms subside after the first couple of months, and not all people experience them. I was one of the lucky ones who got both of these!

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 8.58.20 PM3. You make as much milk as your baby drinks
In order to have a good milk supply, you have to nurse as much as possible. At some point during the first week, you’ll feel like the baby is sucking your soul out through your nipples. The more milk that goes out, the more milk you make. You can lessen or even dry up your supply by infrequent nursing.

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 9.00.30 PM4. Pumping isn’t the same as nursing
Obviously pumping is not the same as nursing, but what I mean by that is nursing is so complex, it requires a lot of stimulation and brain activity to produce adequate milk. When your baby latches on, the saliva on your nipple, the sucking reflex, and the smell and sight of your baby are all factors that go into making rich milk. When you pump, it’s a piece of plastic (that you don’t love) pulling at your nipples. Your baby gets twice as much milk by nursing than you can produce in one pumping session. To get more milk out of your pumping sessions, sniff your baby’s used blankie, or look at a photo of them while pumping. Close your eyes & imagine your baby suckling & being satisfied. This also works if you’re nursing and your milk isn’t coming out fast enough. It sounds ridiculous, but the smell and sight of your baby is the best way to trigger milk ejection!

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 9.01.42 PM 5. Your nipples will be more sore if the baby isn’t latching properly
You’d better make sure you’re doing it right before you leave the hospital, because there’s nothing like a bad latch & cracked nipple combo to put you off breastfeeding. Sure, we all know your nipples get cracked and painful in the beginning. The key to shorten healing time is to make sure the baby is latching perfectly, so he or she doesn’t make matters worse. When your baby FIRST starts to nurse in the hospital, you can tell if they have a bad latch because it will be painful. Breastfeeding shouldn’t be painful until the 3rd or 4th day. If it hurts from the very beginning, do everything you can to correct the latch! No worries though, all nipple pain should subside in 2 weeks. Then, your nipples turn into rubber bands.

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 9.03.41 PM6. Breastmilk can be used as medicine
Something pretty cool about breastfeeding is that you can turn your nipples into medicine squirt bottles. If the baby has any type of eye gunk, or leaking, squirt some breastmilk in there. Works the same way for ear & nose issues. Breastfed babies are notoriously less sickly than formula fed babies. This is due to breastmilk being a living, whole food that contains the best anti-virals & anti-bacterials available. Breastmilk is so complex, scientists are still trying to figure out what’s in it.

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 9.04.41 PM7. You only produce a tiny amount of milk the first few days
A lot of women freak out and think they’re not making enough milk early on. Remember, the baby’s tummy is SO tiny. It only needs a little bit of colostrum & milk to survive. Your first milk will be colostrum & there won’t be much of it, so chill. Relax and trust your body. Trust nature.

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 9.05.40 PM8. You produce two kinds of milk
The first milk that comes down when the baby starts to suckle is the “fore milk”. It’s rich in carbohydrates and satisfies their thirst. The second milk that comes in after the fore milk is the “hind milk”. This milk is high in fat and calories. It’s really important not to switch boobs too fast to ensure the babe is getting all that good hind milk to keep them satisfied. If your baby has greenish, foamy stool, it probably means they’re getting too much fore milk and not enough hind milk. Remedy this by keeping them on the boob longer! Your milk also changes as your baby gets older. It becomes more fatty.

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 9.07.45 PM9. The sound of a baby crying can make your boobs leak
If your breasts are full & your baby isn’t around, sometimes the sound of a baby crying or just the thought of your baby can make your boobs leak. This is why we wear nursing pads!

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10. Your nipples are sterile wizards
One of the coolest things about breastfeeding is that your nipples suddenly become very smart.  First off, they’re sterile. They secrete bacteria fighting oil &  just the very action of your baby’s mouth on them is enough to ward off some illnesses. When your baby is sick, your body makes exactly what what he or she needs to get better, and transfers it through the nipples & milk. The nipple is the motherboard between your baby’s body & your brain.

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Xo

Lisa O

Thought’s on Alicia Silverstone’s Breastmilk Share Program

By RaddestMom

First of all, I love the fact that Alicia Silverstone is pretty much fearless when it comes to exposing her lifestyle choices and beliefs. I found it really odd that everyone made such a big deal when she posted the video of her feeding her son chewed up food from her mouth like a little bird.

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 2.48.32 PMWhat’s the big deal? I’m sure whatever she was eating, even chewed up, was far superior to whatever crap the haters feed their children. With that being said, let’s talk about her new breastmilk-sharing program she’s begun on her website.

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 2.47.27 PMI had a really hard time with breastfeeding, and wish I’d done it longer than I did. With my next child, I will certainly make more of an effort to make it work. I see nothing wrong with sharing breastmilk. I have gotten breastmilk from my dear friend Lindsay for Pearl’s ear infection when I could not produce any more myself.

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 2.51.12 PMI find it REALLY backwards that some people grimace at the thought of giving their child someone else’s breastmilk, but don’t bat an eyelash at feeding their tiny infant high fructose corn syrup, GMO, antibiotic raised milk formula off the shelf from their local Wal-Mart. I mean people let their babies drink milk from a cow (an animal) that they don’t know, have never seen, and don’t know how it’s been raised or how the milk ended up in the canister of formula they’re holding. These same people are appalled at the thought of their baby drinking milk from another HUMAN, who produces milk specially meant for human babies. Which sounds more weird, now?

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 2.53.17 PMThe way I see it is if you’re healthy enough to produce breast milk, and you’re giving it to your own child, why wouldn’t I trust your breastmilk to be good enough for my own child? This whole notion that breastfeeding and breastmilk are something that should be kept a private, modest thing is complete bullshit. Up until about 30 years ago it was a REALLY common occurrence for a wet nurse to breastfeed your child straight from the boob. No pumping, no bottle, just straight up your kid on someone else’s nipple. Lots of cultures still practice joint breastfeeding with their sisters or other people in their community. It’s not taboo for your sister or sister-in-law who is lactating to nurse your baby while you’re ill, out for the day, etc.

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 2.55.48 PMI read somewhere that Alicia Silverstone’s program was only for vegan moms. After reading through, I never saw anything about that. I think it’s for all moms regardless of your diet, which is great, because most people aren’t vegan, and it would be sad to put those limits on the program. So, to you, Alicia, I say, “BRAVO!” Good for you, and I hope this program works out nicely and mothers are able to help each other!

If you are interested in buying/selling/donating breastmilk on Alicia’s site, visit it at The Kind Life

If you’re still determined to give your baby formula, Please consider making your own homemade formula from raw milk. Get my recipe here: Homemade Baby Formula

Xo

Lisa O

Newborn Must Haves

By RaddestMom

Having your first baby can be scary and exciting all at the same time. Here are a few of my favorite products that will help you make it through those first few, tough months!

1. Aden and Anais swaddle blankets

Aden and Anais swaddle blankets

If you are a new mom, these are crucial. They are by far the best blankets for swaddling. So soft, thin, and breathable, so YOU can relax and breath knowing your baby is safe sleeping with them. Check out my swaddling tutorial video!

2. SwaddleMe Swaddling Jacket

Pearl, snug as a bug in a rug in her SwaddleMe

Yes, these are different than swaddling blankets, and you will need both. When your baby is strong enough to bust out of the swaddling blanket at night, these are sure to keep those crazy arms down! It’s a bodysuit that velcroes, and it totally saved my life!

3. MAM pacifiers

After trying 7 different types of pacifiers, Pearl finally was able to keep the MAM pacifier in her mouth. The way it is shaped makes it easy for a tiny mouth to hold on to. I’m 3 for 3 with recommendations on this one, meaning anyone who I’ve suggested them to says it’s worked for them! Worth a try, I say.

4. Pacifier Clip

This is such a must have if your baby takes a pacifier. If and when they drop it, it doesn’t ever touch the ground meaning less rinsing and sterilizing for mommy. YAY! My favorite brand is “bumkins” because they make theirs out of WATERPROOF FABRIC which is important when baby starts drooling a lot. Pearl used to use Booginhead brand, but frankly after 10 minutes of wearing them, they’re drenched and smell sour. Much better to go with a waterproof fabric!

Bumkins brand waterproof pacifier clip

5. Dr. Brown’s Bottles

Don’t even get me started on how awesome Dr. Brown’s products are. Check out my blog entry review on these great bottles HERE

6. Soothies by Lansinoh

These puppies will be your nipples’ new best friend (next to the cute baby sucking on them)….These are great because they’re reusable. After baby nurses and you’re in teeth gritting pain, slap these on your nipples for instant cooling relief. And while you’re at it, get some of THESE nursing pads so your boobs don’t leak through your shirt!

Gel nipple pads

Lansinoh ultra soft nursing pads

7. Sound Machine

I love these. Any brand will do. Great for creating white noise so baby will sleep better. Remember, it’s noisy in the womb, so when baby comes out, he or she will be comforted by these types of sounds. I use a Homedics brand lullaby soother. It stays on ALL the time.

8. Exercise Ball

This will absolutely blow your mind. If your baby is crying, wrap him up, cradle him, and bounce on an exercise ball. It is truly an instant mute button that has never failed me. Try it!

9. Gripe Water

I just wrote a whole blog entry on different types of gripe water. Read it HERE. My favorite brand is Mommy’s Bliss

10. My Brest Friend

Crucial if you are planning on breastfeeding. This thing blows the boppy out of the water. It straps around you so you can walk around with it. I practically never took mine off. It works much better than the boppy, and you’ll be so glad you bought it!

So, those are my top 10 for NEWBORNS. Buy them or put them on your gift registry! So worth it.

Xo

Lisa O