Breastfeeding

I was abashed for breastfeeding in public

Two months into motherhood, I was shamed for breastfeeding in public. While nursing my newborn son Jacob last weekend in a discrete corner of a hallway at a charity function hosted by a Toronto country club, the Lambton Golf and Country Club, the restaurant manager approached, saying there had been complaints because “people don’t...

How to forestall wrist pain while breastfeeding

When Cheryl Jameson’s second child, Trinity, was about four months old, Jameson started to experience aching, burning and stabbing pain in her left wrist while nursing. Sometimes it was so severe she’d have to shake her wrist aggressively to make it stop. The mom from Sherwood Park, Alta., soldiered on, breastfeeding her daughter, who’s...

How to mix breastfeeding and bottle-feeding

Photo: Autumn Knapp (@autumn.knapp) When “Breast Is Best!” is displayed on the walls of every maternity ward and walk-in clinic, not to mention libraries and bus shelters, it’s easy to understand why some moms might feel guilty about wanting to add bottle-feeding to the mix. But Amy Peterson, a lactation consultant and co-author of Balancing...

Can we splash coffee while breastfeeding?

Photo: iStockphotos The thought of giving up my tea and coffee habit when I had never been more tired was terrifying. My midwife reassured me I could still have a couple of cups a day. There is no evidence to show caffeine decreases breastmilk production, though some infants can get irritable if mom drinks more than the...

How to emasculate bottles of breast milk

Photo: iStockphoto New bottles and nipples should be sterilized on first use. For future feedings of healthy babies drinking expressed breast milk, it’s sufficient to wash with hot, soapy water and let air-dry, or put them through the dishwasher. Place sterilized bottles and pump kit parts on a piece of paper towel to air-dry instead...

How to suffer a holidays while nursing a newborn

Amanda Buchanan’s daughter, Penny, was just 10 days old when they spent a couple of nights at Amanda’s in-laws’ house over the holidays. Breastfeeding had gotten off to a rocky start; Penny wasn’t able to latch at the hospital and had only just learned to do so with the help of a nipple shield....

This #brelfie trend is all over a internet—and now we can emanate one too

If you’ve ever wanted to turn your brelfie (breastfeeding selfie) into a literal work of art, now you can thanks to a new app! PicsArt is a photo editing app that easily lets you place a Tree of Life between your breast and your baby, transforming the entire image into a canvas painting worthy of...

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