Breastfeeding Essentials for Moms, by Moms.
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  • Identifying and Addressing Risk Factors for Perceived Low Milk Supply

    Low milk supply is the most common reason mothers give for supplementing with formula and giving up breastfeeding altogether. While the actual percentage of moms that wean early due to Perceived Insufficient Milk (PIM) is tough to pin down – the data ranges from 35-80% - milk supply appears to be the top concern of breastfeeding mothers around the globe.

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  • Fussy or Food Allergy?

    Variety is the spice of life and that goes for breastfed babies too. Your milk changes as your baby grows, if either of you is sick and takes on the flavors of the foods you eat. The changing flavor of your milk can help your baby accept different tastes later and reduce your chances of having a picky eater later on. So sharing your foods with your baby through your milk is a good thing right? Maybe, but there is more to the story.

    Boob Tube Episode 16 - Stress and Your Supply

    Tobi and I talk about our pumping journeys as working pumping moms with long shifts away from our babies - she works 24 hour shifts and I work 12 hour shifts! Some great info about how stress effects your milk supply (spoiler - it doesn't by itself). This topic is near to our hearts because of the struggles we had and those we hear from our mom fans! For more of the Boob Tube check out The Boob Tube at Fairhaven Health
  • The Real Scoop on Your Baby's Poop

    Babies can be mysterious creatures. They have few needs but the variations on those needs can be endless. So any clues into their wellbeing are helpful. One big source of information is your baby’s diaper – your baby’s poop can help you understand what is happening inside his or her body. First let’s follow the path of normal digestion. Food goes in the mouth and digestion actually begins here! Enzymes in our saliva start to break down the starches in cereal and bread (enzymes are chemicals that break our food down into smaller, more digestible parts).

    Boob Tube Episode 15 - Breastfeeding Beyond Baby Years

    In this episode, Tobi and I get into the good and not-so-good of extended breastfeeding. Depending on your support system, breastfeeding beyond your baby's first birthday was easy or maybe a bit more of a struggle. Check out the comments, we have so many moms sharing their stories about breastfeeding toddlers and through pregnancies too! For more of the Boob Tube check out The Boob Tube at Fairhaven Health
  • Health Risks of Motherhood Are Higher for African Americans

    As healthcare providers we strive to provide the same care to all of our patients and see good health outcomes across the lifespan, income level and educational status. Mostly, we have been successful – more mothers are insured, home visiting programs have shown promising results and more infants getting their vaccines on time. But as many health disparities are shrinking, one is growing. African American mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health.

    Boob Tune Episode 14 - Supplementing with Formula. Myth vs Reality

    In this episode, Tobi and I discuss supplementing with formula. We share our stories and talk about the best way to increase your milk supply and kick the can. Watch for some great information about this topic! For more of the Boob Tube check out The Boob Tube at Fairhaven Health

    Boob Tube Episode 13 - Let's Talk About Sex

    Having a baby can make you wonder if your sex life will ever be the same. Sleepless nights, leaky breasts and spit up on every piece of clothing you wear - normal things for a new mom - leave little time or energy for sex. In this episode, we get into the hormonal reasons for a reduced sex drive, changes in your vaginal environment and how to deal with all of it. Be sure to read the comments, we had some great questions too. For more of the Boob Tube check out The Boob Tube at Fairhaven Health. div id="fb-root">
  • Breastfeeding for 2 Months Halves SIDS Risk

    A new study published in the journal Pediatrics is the first to determine the length of time a mother needs to breastfeed to protect her baby from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The researchers found breastfeeding for at least 2 months cut the incidence of SIDS by almost 50% even after adjusting for variables that could otherwise account for these changes, such as prenatal care and secondhand smoke. Partial and exclusive breastfeeding offer similar rates of protection from SIDS, the important factor seems to be the duration of breastfeeding.

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  • Sex and Breastfeeding - A New Level of Intimacy

    Loving our baby comes easy, the cute toes and irresistible baby smell win our hearts from the moment we meet. Caring for sweet our new little ones is a big job- so it’s lucky for them they are so cute. Sleepless nights, endless diaper changes, spit up covering every surface can leave you feeling like a milk soaked zombie –but a happy zombie that wouldn’t change a thing.

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