Holiday Booby Traps: Avoiding Mastitis and other issues

How to manage a baby and breastfeeding during the holidays Updated November 15th 2022 The holidays are here and with it can come a lot of stress and worries or concerns over your family and your new baby. I’m going to start with a little story. I had a 4 week old at Christmas backContinue reading “Holiday Booby Traps: Avoiding Mastitis and other issues”

Is Breast Always Best?

Lactation Lessons From An Expert Updated April 22nd 2022 What does “breast is best” really mean? And is it true? I recently sat down to be interviewed by Megan Pearson at The Fertile at 40 Podcast to talk all things lactation. Megan and I quickly discovered that we shared many similarities in our breastfeeding journeys.Continue reading “Is Breast Always Best?”

Taking Care of Your Nipples While Breastfeeding

Why does breastfeeding hurt sometimes and how to care for your nipples Updated December 4th 2022 Let me start this by saying you do not need to toughen up your nipples or do anything to prepare them for breastfeeding. If your experience is anything like mine, you received unsolicited advice from well meaning friends andContinue reading “Taking Care of Your Nipples While Breastfeeding”

An IBCLC’s Guide to Packing Your Hospital Bag

Updated January 7th 2023 When I was pregnant and it came time to pack my hospital bag, I really wasn’t sure what to bring. I was delivering my baby at our midwife clinic. They had a beautiful birthing suite there that included a fridge for drinks and snacks. I knew I needed a diaper andContinue reading “An IBCLC’s Guide to Packing Your Hospital Bag”

Breastfeeding With A Nipple Piercing

Can I breastfeed with a nipple piercing? What if I used to have one? Will a nipple piercing affect my milk supply or my baby? You might not have previously considered breastfeeding at the time you got your nipple pierced. Maybe now you’re thinking about breastfeeding or you’re about to have a baby and wonderingContinue reading “Breastfeeding With A Nipple Piercing”

Natural Ways to Support Your Immune System

So it seems everyone is trying to avoid getting sick by buying all the hand sanitizer (and toilet paper?). The problem with that is, effective hand washing with plain ol’ soap and water is actually MORE effective at removing surface bacteria than hand sanitizer. Using an all purpose castille soap such as Dr. Bronner’s willContinue reading “Natural Ways to Support Your Immune System”

Could you be iron deficient?

Updated May 19th 2021 Are you constantly tired? Do you feel weak? Do you have brittle nails and hair? What about shortness of breath or weak concentration? If you answered yes to any of these, you might be iron deficient (or anemic, just keep reading) and not even know it. Did you know iron deficiencyContinue reading “Could you be iron deficient?”