Using your breast pump to provide expressed milk for your baby is a great way to provide the nutrients of breastmilk to your baby, while also having the flexibility to always be available. We have found that many of our clients love pumping and find it as a great way to help involve partners, grandparents, and even overnight postpartum doulas in the care of their babies!
One of the biggest concerns for all new parents, well actually all parents in general, is how do you know if your child is getting enough to eat?
Here’s a sad truth: most women know nothing about their breasts. Complete transparent, I was one of those women.
We are excited that we now are able to offer therapeutic breast massage to our breastfeeding clients.
When you have knot in a muscle, what feels so wonderful is a massage therapist to dig her elbow into that sore spot until you feel some relief. And when you have a clogged duct, the same logic should apply, right? You may be surprised about that answer!
We are so excited to offer a new service to our clients: therapeutic breast massage for lactation support is now available!
Last week we talked about typical nipple issues that many of our breastfeeding clients face, from compression lines on nipples due to shallow latch to infections, and everything in between. The most important part of nipple care though is always figuring out the problem prior to caring for your nipple. Our postpartum doulas can help you figure out the problem, but once you have done that, you are left wondering how do you actually care for your damaged nipples?
One of the most common concerns we hear from our breastfeeding clients is about the status of their nipples! From cracked and bloody, to flat and sore, we hear it all. The most important thing to remember: your nipples should not hurt while breastfeeding or pumping!
So often on Facebook and other social media sites, our birth doulas and postpartum doulas read questions from concerned pregnant folks or new parents asking various questions about if others experienced a similar issue during pregnancy, birth, and/or parenthood. However, we are reframing that question to: Is it common and is it also normal?
When you have a newborn, the consistent worry of making sure your baby is getting enough to eat is completely normal! Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding, the key to feeling confident about having a fed baby is optimizing each and every feeding. Below are a few of our favorite tips:
Whether you are (fast) approaching your estimated date of delivery, have a newborn, or just have little kids, the possibility of Hurricane Frances hitting Raleigh in the next few days is a bit scary!
Learning about your new baby and how to nurse can be challenging enough, but also dealing with a busy toddler AND nursing a newborn? Well, that is when the Mom Superpowers really show.
As your body is transitioning from colostrum to milk, breast engorgement can be a common, but very uncomfortable, symptom of that transition.
Pain is never normal, even during breastfeeding.
A few of our favorite tips to building a freezer stash from our friends at Aeroflow Breastpumps!
The “Golden Hour” has become very popular to discuss within the birthing community in the past few years.
Planning for a new baby is full of unknowns. Will your baby sleep? Will you sleep? Will your baby eat? Will you feel like yourself? And so many more questions that you won’t know the answer to until your baby arrives.
We approach each client at each postpartum doula shift with a clean slate. We do not have any opinions about what should, or what should not be done, by the parent, or what should or should not be expected from the baby. We do, however, always start the shift with the same simple question: What is your goal for today?
Whether you are going back to work at 6 weeks, 6 months, or even a year, there are always some adjustments. Parents that continue to breastfeed while working certainly face a few different obstacles, but we believe if you develop a sustainable plan prior to a big event, you are more likely to succeed.