What Preemie Parents Want You to Know

Did you know that preterm births account for 12% of births in the US? A premature baby is is one who is born between 27 and 34 weeks gestation. A baby born between 34 and 37 weeks are considered “late preterm,” and a baby born before 26 weeks is referred to as a “micro preemie.” It is not uncommon for babies …

Baby Basics: The Bare Minimum You Need When Bringing Home Baby

If you take a few moments to look at all that is out there for a new baby, it will quickly become overwhelming. How do you know what you really need, what’s helpful but not necessary, and what is a waste of money? Babies are pretty simple, and they really don’t require as much as people think. In our second …

Breastfeeding Basics – What You Need to Breastfeed Successfully

Nipple cream and nursing pads, breast shields and Boppys, shells and storage bags.  Take a quick walk down the breastfeeding aisle at any baby store and your head is sure to spin.  Do you really need all of this to breastfeed successfully? On the most basic level, you need two (three?) things to breastfeed: a baby and breasts.  So before you …

I Want to Stop Pumping! – How to Wean from the Breast Pump

rIf you’re an exclusively pumping or working mom you likely have a love/hate relationship with you breast pump. There will come a time that will likely be met with a mix of emotions and questions. Regardless of your reason for ditching the pump, remember that no matter how long you provided your baby with breast milk, you did an awesome …

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Traveling with Kids – 10 Tips to Help You Survive Your Summer Getaway

In case you haven’t noticed by now, having kids can make even the simplest of tasks a major production. Now that summer is almost here it’s time to start thinking about that much-anticipated vacation. Traveling with kids doesn’t have to be stressful. I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 tips for traveling with kids so you can survive your …

Tips for Building a Breast Milk Stash

The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for at least the first six months of your baby’s life. This may seem like a lofty goal for women who must return to work outside of the home, and may even be a cause of stress. First, know that you are not alone. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70.5% of …

Breast Milk and Alcohol – What Every Breastfeeding Mom Needs to Know

There’s something about the summer that is very relaxing. With the warmer weather approaching, we will likely find ourselves at graduation celebrations, weddings, BBQs and the like. For breastfeeding moms, this raises questions about the safety of alcohol and breast milk. As a lactation counselor I’ve seen a great deal of misinformation circulating regarding drinking and nursing. I admit that …

Picking a Pediatrician: What Parents Should Consider

Bringing home your new baby is an exciting time! You’ve researched topics that are important to you, like feeding, sleeping and the “best” car seat, using multiple sources. But when it comes to picking your child’s pediatrician, what research did you do? Did you shop around? What factors influenced your decision (and which factors are important to consider)? I compiled a …

Five Things You Don’t Have to Do (Just Because You’re Hiring a Doula)

Doulas are non-medical birth professionals who provide physical, emotional, and educational support before, during, and after the birth of a baby. A doula will support your decisions because you are the expert on your body, your baby, and your birth. There is no “right” philosophy to have when hiring a doula, and your plans for your birth and postpartum recovery don’t …

Formula Feeding – What You Need to Know

How you choose to feed your baby is a complex, personal decision. Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed, certain considerations must be taken to ensure feeding is as safe as possible. Before I get in to the bulk of this post, let me start by saying that this will not be a post about the nutritional content of various …