Ashley Georgakopoulos, IBCLC

Caffeine While Breastfeeding: How Much Is Safe?

Caffeine consumption is one of many practices mothers may have concerns about when deciding to breastfeed or provide breastmilk. What does safe consumption look like? With most things in nutrition, moderation is going to be key, caffeine consumption included! Common concerns with breastfeeding mothers and their caffeine intake range from how well your baby sleeps to how it affects the milk itself.

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How to Combine Breastfeeding and Pumping

Did you know you could both breastfeed and pump your breast milk? Is it necessary to do both? This greatly depends on your plans, your goals, and your situation. That’s right, as usual, this is another way breastfeeding is individualized! Let’s discuss how to “combination feed”, why you might do both, and ways to sustain this option.

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Does Breast Pumping Burn Calories?

Mom sitting in yoga pose with baby

The short answer to this is “yes!” but let’s get into why and how pumping breast milk burns calories, along with approximately how many are burned. Certain variables play into this, such as frequency of pumping sessions, amounts expressed, if pumping for one or multiples, and more.

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When and How to Use a Nipple Shield for Breastfeeding

Difficulty latching, pain, prematurity, and physical anomalies, such a severely inverted nipples or flat nipples are common reasons for utilizing a nipple shield for temporary relief and assistance.

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Tandem Breastfeeding: What Is It and Is It Beneficial?

"Tandem breastfeeding" refers to breastfeeding both both a new baby and an older child (who may also still be a baby, just from a separate pregnancy.) Mothers around the world feed their children of different ages, and can do so simultaneously. It's very much a personal decision, so let's discuss it in more depth so you can make an informed one!

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Overactive Letdown: What Is It and What Can You Do to Help?

The “Letdown Response” is slang for the term “Milk Ejection Reflex” (MER), which is the initial contraction of milk from the alveoli, from which the milk supply is stored prior to use. The grape-like clusters contract and squeeze milk down the milk ducts, or channels, when the body receives stimuli, such as nipple stimulation, baby crying, pumping, breast massage, etc. Read more on how overactive letdown works.

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C-Section Recovery: Tips to Speed Healing

Approximately 1 in 3 babies in the United States are born by cesarean section. Some parents plan to have a c-section and some are planning a vaginal delivery and have a cesarean for medical reasons that come up during the birth. Whether you’re planning on having a c-section or not, it’s good for every expecting parent to be familiar with what to expect and how to heal after a cesarean delivery.

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Relactation: How to Start Breastfeeding Again After Stopping

A pause breastfeeding that happens for any reason doesn’t have to be a permanent end. In many cases, restarting is possible with the right steps and made easier with the right support.

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Postpartum Depression: Symptoms and Treatment Options

There sure are a lot of feelings that come after you give birth to your baby! Some new mothers feel a euphoric high when they deliver and some feel like they need some time to bond with their baby before they feel any strong emotional attachment. When you add in the rapid hormonal changes of postpartum, it makes it easier to understand why many people report both happy and sad moments in the weeks following delivery.

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Breastfeeding Latch and Positioning Tips

Achieving a good latch supports the milk supply so the baby gets enough milk for the duration of the breastfeeding journey, minimizes sore nipples and clogs, and also helps the baby get more of a “complete” feeding, drawing out the fattier components of breastmilk.

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