There is no need to get your eyes checked out if you notice changes in the color of your breastmilk! In general, human milk tends to be clear or have a bluish tint when it first starts to flow and becomes more creamy and white by the end of a pumping or nursing session. In addition, certain foods, herbs, nutritional supplements and medications can change the milk's color to shades of pink, orange, red, brown, green and even black. Although the colors may be strange to see, the changes in the color of breastmilk are usually diet-related and not at all dangerous.
May 14, 2013 2:06:38 PM
May 7, 2013 4:59:56 PM
Boob Scoop: After months of pumping and washing bottles, at the end of each workday, a mom may be ready to hang up the pump but want to continue breastfeeding. If you're not ready to wean but are ready to ditch the pump, this piece is for you! ttp://hygeiainc.com/im-not-ready-to-wean-my-baby-but-im-ready-to-ditch-the-pump/#sthash.CHA5Y6aN.6jvqFJlQ.dpbs.
Apr 29, 2013 4:47:52 PM
Boob Scoop: Healthy, full-term babies have enough iron stores in their bodies to last for at least the first six months. In addition, the iron in breastmilk is better absorbed than that from other sources due to its levels of vitamin C and lactose, which aid in iron absorption. Here’s an excellent piece by Kellymom on what’s normal when it comes to iron levels, why iron supplementation is not the answer for every baby and a list of great foods that are naturally rich in iron. http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron/
Apr 23, 2013 11:26:55 AM
When preparing bottles for daycare, store them in 2-3 ounce amounts. In doing so, the baby is not given more than needed, less is wasted and the caregiver doesn't feel the need to finish the bottle just because it's filled to the brim. As you may know, the amount of breastmilk you produce after the first month does not change much, but its composition continues adjusting to meet your baby's growing and developmental needs. Therefore, you may be surprised to learn that even at 6 months, your baby may not drink more than three ounces at a feeding, when getting a bottle.
Apr 16, 2013 10:35:15 AM
After the first month of breastfeeding, your baby may begin feeding quicker than she used to, which may lead you to think that she didn't feed enough. However, with an average of about three-hundred feedings in one month, it's likely that she has reached pro status and has just become a very efficient nurser. So if you have a newborn, try to enjoy the days when a feeding can allow for enough time to read through your Facebook newsfeed. These days will pass quicker than you can fathom right now ;)
Apr 10, 2013 8:27:14 AM
Right about when a mom feels she has hit her stride with breastfeeding, her baby will experience a growth spurt and instead make her second guess if breastfeeding is going well at all. Growth spurts are described as a time when a baby pops off and on the breast, nurses more often than usual and seems fussier. These spurts tend to to happen around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months. Remembering your baby's age on days when he or she exhibits growth spurt behaviors can greatly help to ease your mind.
Apr 5, 2013 2:04:33 PM
People.com asked Amanda for some handy breastfeeding tips; this was the result:
6 Tips to Happy Nursing
From finding the right accessories to asking for support, Yummy Mummy owner and mom-of-two Amanda Cole shares her best ideas for breastfeeding success. Read more...>
Apr 2, 2013 4:33:31 PM
When looking to increase your supply, pump 30-60 minutes after a feed. This informs your body that another feeding is occuring and therefore communicates to your body that more breastmilk is needed. If your baby decides to feed shortly after you've pumped, remember that your breasts are never fully empty. Although the milk flow may be slower, he will still find milk.
Mar 14, 2013 8:46:35 AM
Storing breastmilk in your freezer for an emergency can put your mind at ease and come in handy on a day when you miss a pumping session at work. However, pulling from the emergency stash on a consistent basis can have an adverse effect on milk supply since it may mean that you are pumping less times and making up for the milk your baby needs by pulling from the emergency stash. Maintaining milk supply is dependent on how many times you drain your breasts in 24 hours. So if your body receives less signals for milk removal it will naturally cut down production so that you don't feel uncomfortable.
Feb 25, 2013 1:18:52 PM
Mothers often wonder how they will ever get to pump enough milk to fill up 8oz bottles, especially when returning to work. The reality is that most breastfeeding mothers won't ever pump that amount, so go ahead and sigh in relief. The reason for this is that after the first month, milk volume stays about the same, increasing somewhat during times of growth spurts, but instead changes in composition. The change in composition is the key element. Unique to breastmilk is the fact that it changes according to a baby's age. Remarkable, right? So although your baby is getting about the same in volume, from the end of month 1- 6, your breastmilk is continuously adjusting in composition to meet her growing and developmental needs. This is great news for protecting a baby's size by providing her with the right amount of food, without over stretching her belly. This is in fact, part of the reason why breastfed babies are at a lower risk for obesity throughout their childhood and later on in life.