Power Pumping – What is it and do I need it?

  What is it?    “Power Pumping,” also called cluster pumping, is pumping in a way to mimic cluster feeding. The idea is to “trick” your body into producing more milk. This is done by stimulating milk production in frequent bursts, similar to what a baby does when they are cluster feeding.    Do I … Continue reading “Power Pumping – What is it and do I need it?”

What Is Cluster Feeding?

Why does my baby cluster feed?   Have you ever wondered why your infant seems to nurse perfectly well during the day and then cannot get enough at night? Does your baby seem to be hungrier at a certain point during the month?   Your little one may be doing what is called cluster feeding. … Continue reading “What Is Cluster Feeding?”

Breastfeeding your baby through the holidays

The holidays are a great occasion to introduce your family and friends to your little bundle of joy. Although spending time with new people can be fun, it can also be stressful for your baby. Here are some tips to help you and your little one to get through the holiday season.   When traveling … Continue reading “Breastfeeding your baby through the holidays”

Tips for Traveling with Baby

Throughout the year, many families will pack up and hit the road. Here are some travel tips for smooth sailing straight from the desk of our IBCLC, Dominique. Flying with Baby   My first suggestion is to wear your baby! Babywearing allows you to keep your baby close while being hands-free to take care of other … Continue reading “Tips for Traveling with Baby”

What is a Tongue or Lip Tie?

Tongue ties. Lip ties. Oh my!   If you are (or have been) a breastfeeding mom, you probably have heard these terms. But what do they mean? What exactly is a lip and tongue tie? What is Tongue Tie?   Ankyloglossia, more commonly known as tongue-tie, is a condition that restricts the range and motion … Continue reading “What is a Tongue or Lip Tie?”

Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment of Oral Thrush

Have you ever heard of Candida? How about yeast?   Candida is in the yeast family and a normal occurrence in the human body. In our bodies, Candida thrives in warm, wet places; for instance, certain areas of skin, little bottoms in diapers, and yes, a baby’s mouth. Thrush is a fungal infection caused by … Continue reading “Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment of Oral Thrush”

What You Need to Know About Milk Blebs, Raynaud’s, and Vasospasms

What is a Milk Bleb?   Have you ever noticed a small, white or yellow pimple-looking spot on your areola or nipple? If so, you may have what’s called a milk bleb.   Milk comes down through the breast through a channel of ducts and flows out to the baby through the nipple. When milk … Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Milk Blebs, Raynaud’s, and Vasospasms”

Am I Making Enough Milk?

Every breastfeeding mom has had a moment of worrying if the milk she is making is enough for her baby. Wouldn’t it be if breasts came with fuel gauges, like those in a car? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. But there are many ways to ensure that our milk supply is what our baby needs, … Continue reading “Am I Making Enough Milk?”

Signs of a Tongue or Lip Tie

Why does a tie affecting breastfeeding? A restriction or “tie” prevents the baby from properly latching to the breast. This can be caused by a combination of factors including the baby not being able to open his or her mouth wide enough, the tongue isn’t able to cup around the breast, or the tongue cannot … Continue reading “Signs of a Tongue or Lip Tie”

How Do Ties Affect the Breastfed Baby?

There are many ways that a tongue-tie can affect both a breastfeeding baby and a breastfeeding mom.        One of the main complaints from mothers is sore, cracked nipples. Breastfeeding should not hurt, so many mothers who find breastfeeding painful should have their baby’s mouth checked for a tie. Experiencing pain can affect … Continue reading “How Do Ties Affect the Breastfed Baby?”