If your breastfed baby is not gaining as quickly as the early months, it is very likely that she is still growing beautifully. Between six and 12 months, breastfed babies tend to gain two to four ounces a week, which is a drop from the five to eight ounces gained in the first few months. Also, remember that a linear growth pattern is always more important than a baby's percentile on a growth chart. Therefore, a baby on the 10th percentile can be as healthy as one on the 90th.
Jan 17, 2013 2:23:05 PM
Jan 31, 2013 11:33:46 AM
Moms returning to work often worry about not having enough milk saved in their freezer. The good news is that the only day you need to plan for, some days in advance, is your first day back at work. Therefore, two weeks before returning, pump one time each day after a morning feeding, when milk supply is the highest, and place your pumped milk in your freezer. On average, breastfeed babies drink one ounce per hour, so caculate the amount you will need for day one based on the number of hours you will be away from your baby. Pumping two weeks in advance is likely to result in enough breastmilk but if you rather have some extra, begin pumping sooner. Finally, once you're back at work, not only will you be pumping for the breastmilk your baby will drink the next day, but pumping will also keep your production steady.
Feb 7, 2013 10:04:16 AM
Yummy Mummy was featured recently on NPR.
Health insurance plans now have to cover the full cost of breast pumps for nursing mothers. This is the result of a provision in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), and the new rule took effect for many people at the start of this year.
It's led to a boom in the sale of the pumps, which can cost hundreds of dollars.
Yummy Mummy, a little boutique on New York's Upper East Side, has suddenly become a health care provider/online superstore. The company has been hiring like crazy, and just opened an online call center and a warehouse in Illinois. Yummy Mummy even hired somebody to talk to customers' health insurance companies.
And new moms now seem more likely to splurge on fancy new breast pumps. Caroline Shany, a Yummy Mummy customer, spent her own money to buy a breast pump for her first baby. She may buy another one now because insurance will pick up the tab.
"Why not?" she says.
Weird things happen when you take price out of the equation for consumers. For one thing, they stop looking for the best price. But even though breast pumps are free for new moms, somebody has to pay for them.
"Health insurance premiums are driven by how much we spend on health care," says Harvard health economist Katherine Baicker. "The more things that are covered by health insurance policies, the more premiums have to rise to cover that spending."
Advocates of requiring insurance companies to pay for breast pumps say that the measure will pay for itself in the long run. Babies that are breast fed tend to have fewer health problems, and paying for breast pumps should mean more babies are breast fed.
Whether that happens may depend partly on how the new rules are implemented. Insurers are still trying to figure out whether to pay for extra-fancy breast pumps, or just basic models.
Feb 14, 2013 11:53:44 AM
Breastfeeding doesn't have to keep you from getting back into your exercise routine. Nursing and exercise can actually work hand-in-hand to keep you healthy and energized enough to care for your baby. Here are responses to the common questions related to exercise and breastfeeding.
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.
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 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 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 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/