Breastfeeding Essentials for Moms, by Moms.
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  • Five Tips for Exclusively Pumping Moms

    Breastfeeding isn’t defined by putting your baby to breast. Many moms choose to pump and use a bottle to feed. By choice or necessity exclusive pumping is growing in popularity as pump technology improves and moms are heading back to work with the intention to continue feeding breast milk. There are many reasons for exclusively pumping (EP). Some moms don’t feel comfortable putting their baby to breast or a baby may be born with a condition that makes breastfeeding impossible, like a cleft palate.

    Boob Tube episode 19 - Dealing with Fertility Challenges

    In this episode we talk about the challenges some moms have trying to get pregnant. Tobi talks about her own journey to motherhood and we hear from other moms and moms-to-be about their struggles with fertility. For more of the Boob Tube check out The Boob Tube at Fairhaven Health.

    Boob Tube Episode 18 - Bringing Home Baby Survival Guide

    This episode Tobi and I talk about the reality of the first days and weeks and how it compares to our ideal experience. Tune in to hear more about our first days as moms and comments from viewers about their experiences too! To see more episodes click on the link The Boob Tube at Fairhaven Health
  • Jaundice 101

    Most infants (50-70%) develop jaundice in the first weeks of life. If your baby has jaundice, he may have yellow-tinted skin or eyes. The yellow color is the result of too much bilirubin in your baby’s blood; bilirubin is a brownish - yellow color. Typically parents notice yellowing in the face and eyes in the first 2-4 days of life; the yellowing starts in the face and moves down to the toes. Bilirubin levels typically peak between 3 to 7 days after birth.

  • Lowering Your Baby's Risk of Peanut Allergy

    New research suggests mothers can lower their child’s risk of peanut allergy by eating peanuts during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is big news since peanut allergy is increasingly common in the US, it effects 1-2% of the population here. And if it seems like more people are suffering from peanut allergy, it’s true. The prevalence of peanut allergy has tripled from .4% in 1994 to 1.4% in 2010 and 2.5% in 2017. Approximately 20% outgrow their allergies after adolescence.

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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

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