I love names and my husband and I took the naming of our three kiddos pretty seriously, but we also had a lot of fun too. Right now strong and cool baby names are very popular, and today’s parents are all about unique!
Names are important. When we call someone by a name, that’s the meaning we are assigning to them. In essence, we are calling them a meaning.
Let me say it like this, we wouldn’t want anyone calling our kid stupid, right? First, you wouldn’t believe that was true, but also you don’t want your child hearing over and over that they’re stupid, dumb, or any other negative attribute.
On the flip side, we want to speak powerful words and encouragement into the hearts of our children. Let’s say your child’s name is Wisdom or the Greek equivalent, Sophia. I know several children by both of those names and they are beautiful. And each day they are called Wisdom… very powerful!
In the case with my children’s names, we started with the meaning we wanted to speak over our child every day and tirelessly poured over hundreds of names until we found the ones we loved.
In the case of my middle daughter, her name came to me in a dream. I loved how beautiful her name sounded and the meaning fit the description we wanted so that was easy!
In this list, I wanted to offer baby names that sounded fresh and cool but also have strong and powerful meanings. I also purposefully didn’t separate boy names from girl names because parents are switching up names so much these days I wanted to leave that up to you.
These are perfect strong baby names with powerful meanings for 2019!
With over 200 million pregnancies surprising and delighting families every single year, that’s a lot of pregnancy announcements being shared with the world! Especially on social media.
Announcing your pregnancy is one of the most fun things to do after you find out you’re pregnant. Once you and your spouse decide on the right time to announce your pregnancy you probably want to start with your family and friends first.
As long as you are comfortable on your timeline, you can be as creative or as laid back as you want when you make the official announcement to family and close friends. In other words, a simple excited call to your parents is just fine.
If that’s not fun enough for you, try buying a cute gift to announce to your parents, siblings, and even best friends. Here are some adorable ideas!
What’s the best way to present your cute little gift?
There’s no right or wrong way! Just have fun and let this time bring you and your family joy. Simple invite your family to dinner or a simple lunch and present your fun little gifts at the end for a fun surprise.
Pregnancy after infertility, IVF, or miscarriage is the sweetest celebration of all! I’ve personally experienced pregnancies after both long-term infertility and miscarriage. You’ll just love these heartwarming announcements.
The postpartum period a woman endures after giving birth is almost as traumatic as the birth itself. Sorry to say, but it’s true for most women.
There are things that happened after giving birth that I never expected until I was there in the hospital watching them happen. I remember feeling hurt and confused (physically and emotionally) because no matter how much googling I did on labor and childbirth… I wasn’t prepared.
That’s why I’m writing this post… so you’ll be ready. And you won’t have to feel mad at all your other mom friends who didn’t have the heart to tell you.
Let me warn you, if you’re squeamish be prepared now. Childbirth isn’t pretty… it’s actually downright disgusting. I mean, the circle of life part is beautiful but everything else is gross.
Surprising Things That Happen After Giving Birth
I’m simply going to go down the list of what’s mostly likely or could happen to you in the order that it’s most likely to happen.
Every woman’s body is different and I’m sure there have been new moms and will be one’s that don’t experience each of these lovely experiences. Just be ready and know that you’re not alone, even if it feels like you are because no one ever seems to want to talk about them.
You Give Birth a Second Time
If you have a vaginal delivery, after you finally push that giant (no matter their actual size!) baby out of you, you’ll quickly realize that your labor experience isn’t over.
While you’re still all tears and joy holding your new baby on your chest and thanking God it’s all over, you’re told it’s time to deliver the placenta. The wha-what?
I felt shocked and a little dumb that I didn’t know this and so I had to give a couple very small pushes to help deliver the placenta. Yikes.
After it’s delivered the doctor will fully examine it (I recommend you go back to staring at your baby now) to be sure it’s completely in tact.
There’s a small chance if the placenta isn’t delivered intact that the mom could be in danger of hemorrhage or infection.
It’s Time for the Stitches
If you’re like me and most women who deliver their babies vaginally, you’ll probably need stitches from tearing your perineum while pushing. Ouch! I know, the thought makes you cringe.
Honestly, I did not earn my batch of courage for not tearing in childbirth and have to say it is certainly not the worst part of giving birth. My first birth experience was pretty traumatic, so this wasn’t even on my radar.
So getting stitched up is par for the course and it’s pretty quick and I don’t remember any pain during the procedure. If you’d like to minimize your chances of tearing read this for some great tips.
I never, ever imagined how much blood would be coming out of my body right away and in the days after giving birth. As a woman who’s experienced a rather heavy period every month for years and years before having kids, I assumed it would be a similar experience.
In fact, I really didn’t even know that I was supposed to be bleeding like the heaviest period I’d ever had in my life! I was shocked when I was given these giant mesh panties because I had no idea what was coming. You’ll love to use these ones instead!
I literally was afraid that I was hemoraiging all the time. I knew this was a possibiliy but wasn’t the case. However, these are the hidden signs you might be hemorraging after birth. This is very serious and a close friend of mine almost died from a postpartum hemmorage.
In a normal postpartum experience, the bleeding is very heavy at first and will begin to taper off each day until you are discharged. The full course of the bleeding will most likely continue up to a few weeks. If your bleeding suddenly becomes much heavier or bright red, seek medical attention right away.
It’s Time for a Very Unpleasant Massage
I think we’d all agree that a relaxing massage after giving birth is a great idea, but that’s sadly not the kind of massage you’ll get! A nurse will, at some point early after giving birth, will come in your room to give you a fundal massage.
This is where your nurse will push and press on your uterus to encourage it to contract fully the way it’s supposed to. This helps along the uterus in it’snatural process of contracting back into it’s pre-baby size. That’s not a bad thing at all!
It also helps to reduce exessive blood loss too. And as we said, you’re already losing enough! The only drawback here it that you’re contracting… as in contractions. It really doesn’t feel great, but you get the gist.
Your Baby Needs to Eat Too
Whether you decide to do the breast crawl, try to breastfeed your baby right after the nurse lays her on your chest, or wait a bit after her bath. That part is your choice and also based on whether those things are even possible due to complications.
In any case, your baby will need to eat! That means while you’re knee-deep in all this birth-chaos, you have a hungry baby to feed. Breastfeeding your new baby is extremely challenging for most new moms. I know it was for me!
My biggest tip is to ask for help from the resident lactation consultant. They are usually so, so helpful and can get you and your new baby off to a great start with breastfeeding. Do NOT suffer alone if you are having problems.
Also, know that your breastmilk doesn’t come in right away, and what your baby will be drinking following birth is actually colostrum. This is a thinker and extremely nutrient dense milk that your baby needs to help them grow strong and healthy. Your breastmilk will actually come in after a few days postpartum.
The Cramps, Oh the Cramps
Not only are you bleeding like you’re on the biggest period of your life, you will be cramping like it too! It sucks and taking Ibuprofen is safe even if you’re breastfeeding.
Just like with your period, the cramps will ease as the bleeding does so you have to let things run it’s course.
Cuddling that sweet baby honestly does seem to work like a natural pain reliever though! Or at least that’s how I remember it.
It’s Like Potty Training All Over Again
After you give birth you all of a sudden become deathly afraid of both your first pee and first poo after birth for obvious reasons.
As a result of fearing to pee many new moms secretly reduce their water intake. Do NOT do this! It makes your pee more concentrated causing it to sting more. Ouch! It can also encourage constipation which you do not want right now!!
Using a peri-bottle to spray warm water down there as you pee is very, very helpful. This peri-bottle is way better than the one they give you at the hospital!
As for having your first postpartum BM, you’ll need to do it as your ticket to going home. Make sure to take your stool softener as directed by your doctor which sure helps things along.
The key is to reduce your anxiety and take it slow… very slow.
If you’ve developed hemorrhoids from pushing, you can use a topical cream like this one. It helps to reduce the swelling and pain from that area and make it easier for you to go.
Get Ready to Sweat
With your body retaining so much fluid during your entire pregnancy, your body needs to release that fluid somehow. And since you won’t lose it all during childbirth, much of that fluid will come out in night sweats.
I remember waking up that first night with a soaking wet gown. I didn’t understand what was happening at the time, but now I know it’s all part of the magic of birth.
It could take up to 8 weeks for your body’s fluid levels to get back to normal.
Belly Be NOT Gone!
Finally, one of the most disappointing and shocking parts to my first birth experience is the fact that when you leave the hospital, you basically still look pregnant! Seriously?
I was very thin my first pregnancy and not a soul told me to be prepared to walk out of the hospital looking like I did when I walked in. This really was heartbreaking for me because I bought a new “going home outfit” for myself which was a pair of size small pink sweatpants and a slim tank top.
I know, I know weird choice but that was almost 13 years ago and I was in my twenties. I literally looked terrible and even split a hole in my pants putting them on! Talk about emotional scarring.
My best advice is to bring clothes that are very soft, stretchy, and comfortable. Trust me, the last thing on your to-do list after giving birth is looking stylish.
The postpartum period is very painful, stressful, and exhausting for mothers. Don’t try to go faster than your body will allow. Take it slow and give yourself the grace and time to recover completely.
And make your total focus adjusting to motherhood and loving that precious new gift!
I firmly believe that God intended for a full nine months for babies to grow to full term before birth. It could have just as easily been three or even six months, but moms need a full nine months to fully prepare for what’s coming… a little human.
A precious little human that will be totally dependent on its parents for every single thing they need! A newborn’s first few days and months can be extremely overwhelming for new parents.
This is the case for newborns that don’t have any issues or challenges but for moms with babies that have conditions like colic or reflux it can be downright scary.
My son had severe reflux and later suffered from obstructive sleep apnea that required surgery. I remember the sleepless nights all too well.
If you’re a first time mom who is exhausted and anxious that you might make a mistake along the way, take a breath and know that you will. I know you probably weren’t expecting that answer but it’s true. All parents make mistakes!
These are the best newborn tips for new moms that will give you more confidence in your newest motherhood journey! These are the perfect newborn tips for tired new moms from some amazing mothers and I wanted to share them with you.
Getting your newborn on some level of a sleep schedule can be challenging even for seasoned parents. However, the first step to getting your new baby to sleep through the night is avoiding day-night confusion. Here’s Rachel’s tip from A Mom Far From Home:
The best way to establish day night rituals is to be consistent. During the day you’ll want to make sure your baby is awake to feed, then purposefully try to avoid fully feeding them to sleep.
The Best Way to Dress Your Newborn in the Cold Months
One of the most frustrating things for new moms is trying to dress their tiny newborn in the winter months. And when it’s time to leave the house, it can be totally exhausting. The trick is using layers to keep your baby warm and cozy while still being able to get them into their carseat safely. JD from Semi-Delicate Balance gives her best hack:
You can’t put thick jackets or chunky sweaters on your baby and then put the car seatbelt over them. It’s best to put them in a long sleeve or a thinner jacket. Then just turn the thick jacket around, and then slip it over their arms.
It’s a known fact that most newborns loved to be swaddled as it mimics the constant cradling they experienced every moment of their time in the womb. Some babies don’t need to be swaddled or don’t even like it. If that’s the case, don’t bother. If they do, here’s a tip for swaddling your baby safely from Uplifting Mayhem:
For the healthy development of the hips, babies’ legs need to be able to bend up and out at the hips. Swaddling for short periods of time is likely fine, but if your baby is going to spend a significant amount of the day and night swaddled, consider using a swaddling sleep sack that lets the legs move.
I’m not sure if this is true of all newborns but all three of my brand new babies hated their first baths. I think the new experience can be a sensory overload so making this process as warm, quiet, and as comfortable as possible goes a long way. Here’s a great tip from Swaddles N Bottles to make this happen:
Babies take comfort in having an extra towel or light baby blanket placed on top of them. Only remove the blanket as needed to wash each part. After you are done washing the baby, place baby in towel (baby will be slippery!) and swaddle up.
Many moms prefer to feed their newborns on demand versus on a feeding schedule. There are many benefits to feeding your baby on demand, but there are also many concerns such as knowing if your baby is getting enough and how to know when your newborn is really hungry.
It can be terrifying when your new baby gets sick. I know it was for me when my 4 week old daughter had an ear infection and a fever of 102 at 3 in the morning! This was a huge shock because my oldest daughter didn’t even get a cold until she was over a year old. Here is a helpful tip from Mastering Mom Life for monitoring your baby while she’s sick:
Jot down when you noticed symptoms, when you administered medicine, took steam baths, and when baby naps or does anything out of the ordinary. This can help you look back and see progress, be a reference when baby gets sick again, or help you remember symptom times and dates when you take baby to the doctor.
Whether you have family and friends visit you and your new baby in the hospital or after you get home, these tips can really help reduce your stress and anxiety. The most important thing to remember is you and your new baby’s needs always come first. Heather with Very Anxious Mommy shows us a great way to handle this:
Some visitors just may not know when it’s time to hit the road, especially when there is a new baby to see. So try to have an out for when you are ready to say goodbye to visitors so that you can have alone time and rest. A few ideas may be, “I need to breastfeed now, so I will see you later”, or “I am really tired so I need to take a nap.”
If you perked up at the thought of choosing an uncommon and unique baby name that isn’t overused, then this is your list! Enjoy looking through the most unique baby names of all time and get inspired. There’s a great name for every letter in the alphabet!
My favorite part of choosing uncommon baby names is that so many of them are perfect gender neutral names. At these names are uncommon baby names that aren’t overused!
The Most Unique Baby Names of All Time
Abina – meaning ‘born on Tuesday’.
Axel – Divine reward
Adrian – Dark one
Areo – Flight
Ace – The Best
Adesina – meaning ‘she paves the way’
Adin – Fiery, man
Adriel – Symbol of skill
Bakari – Hope, promise
Bannon – meaning ‘descendant of O’Banain’.
Blaise – Firebrand
Brier – meaning ‘heather’
Beckett – Bee cottage
Cade – Round
Calla – Beautiful
Camden – Winding valley
Corliss – Cherry
Cicero – The historian
Daelan – Aware
Dakari – Happy
Dash – Enlightened one
Drew – Warrior
Delta – Mouth of a river
Draco – Dragon
Eagan – Fire
Edric – Rich and powerful
Eldon – Of old age
Everly – Grazing meadow
Emery – Ruler of work
Emrys – Immortal
Enzo – Ruler of the house
Fatima – Baby’s nurse
Fawn – Young deer
Finlay – Fair-haired courageous one
Flynn – With a ruddy complexion
Fraser – of the Forest Men
Galen – Healer
Gannon – Fair-skinned
Gia – God is gracious
Greer – Alert and watchful
Ginny – Virgin
Garnet – Red gemstone
Haden – Hedged valley
Hadley – Heather meadow
Harley – The long field
Hollis – Near the holly bushes
Hermione – Earthly
Idris – Fiery leader
Imara – Great ruler
Indigo – Deep blue dye
Ira – Watchful
Itai – The Lord is with me
Jace – The healer
Jacinda – Hyacinth
Jade – Green stone
Justice – To deliver what is just
Jair – God enlightens
Kaden – Companion
Kai – Keeper of the keys
Kingsley – King’s meadow
Kane – Little battler
Keane – Fighter
Kelis – Beautiful
Keefe – Beautiful and graceful
Lear – of the meadow
Lexi – Defender of mankind
Landen – Long hill
Lane – Narrow road
Leith – Broad river
Mace – Heavy staff
Madaio – Gift from God
Maddox – Generous
Marley – Bitter
Myron – Myrrh
Nash – at the ash tree
Nolan – Champion
Nasir – Helper
Oakley – From the oak meadow
Oceana – Ocean
Onyx – a precious stone
Orsa – Bear
Osais – Salvation
Patience – The state of being patient
Patten – Noble
Pax – Peace
Penn – Hill
Priya – Loved one
Quaid – Fourth
Quinlan – fit and strong
Rae – Ewe
Raiden – God of thunder
Ramsey – Wild garlic island
Rex – King
Ryker – Powerful leader
Saber – Sword
Sian – The Lord is gracious
Soren – Brightest Star
Suri – Red rose
Taj – Crown
Taine – River
Talise – Lovely water
Tao – Like a peach
Torin – chief
Tien – Fairy child
Upton – High town
Uri – My light
Urban – From the city
Van – Son of
Veda – Knowledge and wisdom
Visara – Celestial
Waverley – Meadow of Aspens
Waylon – Land by the road
Winter – To be born in the winter
Wren – Tiny bird
Xylia – From the woods
Xavi – The new house
Xaria – Gift of love
York – From the yew tree
Yarden – To flow downward
Yara – Small butterfly
Zahara – Flowering and shining
Zain – The handsome son
Zara – Blossom
Zayan – Bright
Zeke – God strengthens
I hope you loved this list of cool baby names you probably haven’t thought of, and please let us know your favorite in the comments below!
When your precious bundle of joy finally enters the world, feeding your newborn is one of your highest priorities as a new mom. And as those postpartum days roll on something devastating can happen… your milk supply can suddenly decrease.
This happened to me with all three of my kiddos for a variety of reasons and I endlessly scoured the internet looking for answers and fixes to help increase my breastmilk supply.
Back then there weren’t a lot of fixes and I ended up buying a lactation drink that did increase my supply but it didn’t taste that great and it was very expensive. It’s not even on the market anymore! Not sure what happened there.
The main ingredient in those little bottles of breastmilk magic was fenugreek. I probably could have done more to increase my supply simply by taking fenugreek capsules or drinking fenugreek tea.
Now boobie smoothies are hugely popular and I simply love them because they really help breastfeeding moms get the nutrition they really need while feeding two human beings!
What’s the Hype with Lactation Cookies
These special cookies are gaining in popularity with breastfeeding moms because they are packed with nutritian and super effective for boosting milk supply.
Lactation cookies will typically contain “galactagogues,” which are foods that may promote or increase the flow of mother’s milk. Ingredients like oats, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, and flax seed. That’s also a lot of fiber to help you stay regular.
Just be sure to be drinking lots and lots of water while breastfeeding! There isn’t a specific amount of water you should be drinking per day but make sure you’re never thirsty. (source)
The Best Lactation Cookie Recipes
Now the fun, and effective, thing to do to boost your milk supply is to bake up a batch of lactation cookies! Now, that’s what I’m talking about!
Here is the yummiest list of tasty cookies that you’ll feel great about eating.
Oh and if you’re not into baking ANYTHING, there’s a no-bake option in here too!
1 – The Basic Lactation Cookie Recipe
This recipe is a tasty foundation for most breastfeeding cookie recipes. You can add more fun ingredients to suit your taste. They are cookies after all!
There are many store bought lactation cookies you can simply buy online and that’s certainly an option. Just be aware that not only are these cookies outragously expensive, but they’re also typically filled with preservatives and other unbeneficial ingredeients.
The recipes shared in this post are not only easy, with a few no-bake options, but they’re also very cheap to make.
One of the biggest concerns for new breastfeeding moms is how to increase breastmilk. I know this was the case for me when all three of my babies were born.
I struggled with low milk supply and many other breastfeeding challenges that I hope to prevent for other sleep deprived, frustrated, and confused moms.
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re not in the camp of moms who were instantly blessed with a steady flow of liquid gold for their new baby. Or you certainly wouldn’t be wasting your previous time reading this!
You’re probably dealing with long days and even longer nights searching for the best breastfeeding tips and wondering if your baby is getting enough milk.
When you do pump, you produce a few meager ounces. This can be frustrating and depressing. Can I offer you some friendly advice first? Do NOT go down that dark road. It leads to no where.
Keeping your mind on the positive and having a positive expectation goes a long way!
Boost Your Milk Supply
Each of the natural methods to boost your milk supply shared here are proven safe and will only help you. A few do have side effects so be sure to read those before trying any new supplements and checking with your Doctor.
Just remember that every woman’s body is different and there are never any guarantees. If you find that your body just doesn’t cooperate, know you’re NOT alone.
I formula fed all three of my babies after breastfeeding and they are three of the healthiest, brightest, and smartest kids I know… if I do say so myself.
There is never any shame in feeding your baby in any way that’s needed or chosen by you… a loving mother.
Now, let’s explore all the ways to increase your breast milk supply naturally. But first I just want to say that I’m not a lactation expert. Just another mom who cares a lot and does a TON of research!
Boosting your milk supply can be a tricky thing because it’s hard to tell why your milk supply is low to begin with. You may be tempted to start pumping to see how much milk you can make.
This is not necessarily going to give you a good gauge because every baby’s milk needs are unique and you may be making just the right amount of milk for your baby. And babies are much more efficient at removing milk from the breast than a pump. Many pumps just don’t work well.
Many moms also think their supply is low because their breasts don’t feel full or their baby is very fussy all the time.
These can be caused by things other than low supply. First, breasts that produce plenty of milk will often never feel full which is totally normal. And secondly a fussy baby can be cause by many things like reflux.
3 clear signs that your milk supply may be low are:
Your baby isn’t wetting enough diapers. A typical infant should be wetting at least 5 diapers in a 24 hour period from 5 days old and onward.
Your baby isn’t soiling enough diapers. A typical newborn should be soiling at least 3 diapers per day beyond day 5. This is sometimes less or more depending on your baby.
If you suspect your milk supply is low and your baby isn’t getting enough milk, make an appointment with both your baby’s pediatrician and a certified lactation consultant right away.
Boosting your milk supply is something you’ll have to work at and most likely experiment with until you find something that works for your body. This isn’t an overnight process… nothing is with parenting.
You just need to decide what you want to do and stick with it until you see results. And get all the help you need because you and your baby deserve it!
Here are many proven and highly recommended methods you can try to boost your milk supply. Remember, most of these won’t work overnight, so try them for at least a week to see how your body responds.
Using Fenugreek to boost milk supply is one of the most popular ways breastfeeding moms are increasing their milk. It’s been shown to increase supply within 24-72 hours, but that, of course, may vary from mom to mom.
Fenugreek is an herb. Its primary uses are as an herb or spice in Indian and Persian cuisine and as a galactagogue for breastfeeding mothers.
Fenugreek is safe but shouldn’t be used by those who are diabetic, have a chickpea or peanut allergy, or have asthma.
There are many ways to use Fenugreek. Here are just a few of the easiest ways:
Take in simple capsule form. The capsules generally come in 610mg and it’s recommended to take 2 capsules 3 times per day with food. That’s a total of 6 capsules per day. (Dosing source) | Here is a capsule that gets high ratings from breastfeeding moms.
Take in a tea form. Many moms swear by Mother’s Milk Tea and is an easy way to take Fenugreek. It has a slightly sweet licorice taste.
Take in a powder form. You can use Fenugreek powder to milk in lactation smoothies to pump up the nutrients you’re getting while breastfeeding. The only downside to using a powder is the high price tag.
Brewer’s Yeast Breastfeeding
Brewer’s yeast is another popular and effective supplement to boost a low milk supply. Though it’s not known exactly why brewers yeast helps increase breastmilk supply it also has some other good benefits such as lowering blood sugar levels for diabetics, may help lower cholesterol levels, and helps nourish skin and hair.
It’s also believed to elevate moods and feelings of mild depression. And with so many moms suffering from Postpartum Depression, it’s worth a try!
It also has some possible side effects such as upset stomach, cramps, and an increased risk of yeast infections.
You can take brewer’s yeast in a simple powder form. This brand of brewer’s yeasthas hundreds of happy mom reviews! Just add 1-2 tablespoons to your favorite drink, lactation smoothie, or lactation cookie once per day.
More Breastfeeding Supplements
There are more, less common supplements to use for increasing your milk supply.
Always talk to your doctor or a lactation consultant before taking any herbal treatments. For many centuries, herbal remedies have been used as medications. And, just like prescription drugs, herbs and plants can have side effects. And, depending on the preparation, some herbs can even be toxic.
Increase Breastmilk Through Pumping
You can also increase your milk supply through pumping. Also known as power pumping. The concept is simple, the more your baby nurses or you pump the more signals your body receives to tell it to produce more milk.
“If you want to boost your milk supply fast, power pumping can help by creating an artificially high demand for breast milk. By increasing the number of times you pump, you give your body the message to increase milk production.” — Helen Anderson, Chief Lactation Officer
Power pumping works great for moms who’ve already established their milk supply and noticed a dip in their supply or haven’t been able to nurse baby consistently for a number of reasons such as returning to work or a painful breast infection.
It also works for moms who are exclusively pumping as I did with my son. He was admitted in the hospital after 4 days old due to critically low bilirubin levels. I wasn’t even able to hold him more than a few minutes per day.
I had to start pumping right away for days and he never took to the breast so I decided to pump exclusively for as long as I could.
Power pumping helps to mimic cluster feeding which is a natural increase in your baby’s desire and need for milk. Which your body will naturally respond to with increased milk supply.
Power pumping really requires a time commitment. Basically, you’ll need to set aside an hour for your full power pumping session which will look like this:
You’ll pump both breasts for 20 minutes
Rest for 10 minutes
Pump for 10 minutes
Rest for 10 minutes
Pump for 10 minutes
You can do this at least 2 times a day until you see your supply increase and then gradually reduce your power pumping sessions.
Foods to Increase Breastmilk
Aside from staying very hydrated by drinking lots of water during and in between nursing sessions, there are also foods that tend to help increase milk production. These are referred to as lactation foods or the lactation diet.
Vegetables like carrots, yams, and dark leafy greens
When to Know When it’s Time to Supplement with Formula
There are times when it’s appropriate and even necessary to begin supplementing with formula. If you think you may need to supplement, I urge you to get medical support from your baby’s pediatrician and your own Doctor or lactation consultant.
And never feel pressured to keep breastfeeding or start supplementing if you’re not comfortable or ready. As long as your baby is meeting the above guidelines, you most likely have time to make the best decision for your baby without the pressure from professionals who may not share your convictions.
Do you have a tip that worked to increase your breastmilk supply? Please share it in the comments below!
I love to learn from watching videos because sometimes reading and looking at diagrams just doesn’t cut it, especially when learning to breastfeed.
These breastfeeding videos have been carefully curated to only offer the best and easiest advice to help you learn to breastfeed easily and avoid many breastfeeding pitfalls and commonly made mistakes.
You’ll learn the best ways to get a good latch, the best positions to use, and what to do to heal sore nipples (which is extremely common!).
Breastfeeding Videos to Get a Good Latch
This video gives great information on understanding your baby’s hunger queues and how to get your body position up for a comfortable and effective feeding session.
This tutorial created by FitPregnancy and taught by Corky Harvey is extremely helpful in teaching breastfeeding moms how to get a deep latch. Having a deep latch ensures your baby gets the most milk and helps greatly reduce sore nipples.
This video also shows very well how to get a good latch, especially with a newborn.
Breaking a bad latch or needing to remove baby from the breast for any reason is difficult and very painful if not done correctly. This quick video shows you how to do it the right way.
Breastfeeding Videos to Teach Breastfeeding Positions
This video quickly covers the proper way to do two of the most popular, chair-seated positions. These are the easiest positions to try for your newborn.
The Cross-Cradle Position
The Football Hold Position
The Side-Lying Position
Videos on Tandem Breastfeeding
This video shows you how to easily breastfeed twins at the same time which is so helpful to helping you keep your sanity and not be breastfeeding every second of the day!
In you have a toddler that’s still breastfeeding you don’t necessarily need to stop breastfeeding your toddler when your new baby arrives. This video shows you how to tandem feed your newborn and your toddler.
Videos on Breastfeeding Challenges
This tutorial shares what cluster feeding is and how to successfully survive when your newborn needs to cluster feed.
Sarah from This Mama Life shares her inspiring story on her challenging start to breastfeeding. She didn’t quit and now is happily breastfeeding her baby and now shares her best tips and encouragement.
If you are planning to breastfeed your baby or are already breastfeeding now, you need all the hacks, breastfeeding tips and helpful breastfeeding videos you can get your hands on.
Breastfeeding isn’t easy, well maybe is it for some moms, but it wasn’t for me and so many other breastfeeding moms.
If you’re struggling and searching the web for breastfeeding answers and solutions you’re doing the right thing. Keep searching until you find what works for you. I would also strongly urge you to get connected with your breastfeeding community through organizations like La Leche League.
I hope these tips will help you stick to your breastfeeding goals as there are many reasons to quit and give up. I personally hit many, many walls when breastfeeding all three of my kids and ended my journey far earlier than I intended.
I don’t have any guilt or regrets because I don’t believe that’s healthy for myself or my little ones. But now I want to help moms like you find the help and answers you need!
The Best Breastfeeding Resources and Freebies
If you haven’t started breastfeeding yet or you are and find yourself struggling with proper latch or milk supply you may want to consider a course like Milkology. This is the FREE Milkology Break Feeding Course.
If you haven’t had your baby shower yet you can get a FREE Amazon Welcome Box when you start an Amazon Baby Registry. You get a box full of goodies. Plus, you’ll earn a 15% discount for completing your registry, 20% off a diaper subscription and the ability to return items for free for 90 days.
The Affordable Healthcare Act has now made it easier for new moms to qualify for a free breast pump. Click here to get details.
Must-Have Breastfeeding Products
This list of breastfeeding supplies will help make breastfeeding more efficient, easier, and more enjoyable for you and your precious baby.
Breastfeeding Pillow – This pillow is made for breastfeeding and is uniquely shaped to make bringing your baby to you much easier. It gets high praise from breastfeeding moms. You could, of course, use a regular pillow but these are just a bit more effective.
Breastfeeding Stool – Having a specially designed nursing stool allows you to easily lift your baby to your breast. Nursing stools allow you to adjust the position of stool so you can get the most comfortable position every time.
Milk Savers – When you’re feeding baby on one side, milk tends to leak a lot from the opposite breast. And because breastmilk is liquid gold, we want to save every drop! Wearing these soft, silicone breast shields will allow you to easily trap milk as you’re feeding.
Getting your newborn to latch on properly is a bit like the blind leading the blind, especially if this is your first time breastfeeding!
Getting a good latch is basically the cornerstone of healthy and pain-free breastfeeding. Breastfeeding with a bad latch creates a laundry list of problems such as extreme pain, sore nipples, and sometimes even low milk supply and breast infections.
This is where a great breastfeeding course, a consultant with a lactation consultant, and helpful video tutorials like the one below are extremely helpful.
Make sure you bring baby to you and not you to baby. This tip is the foundation for good breastfeeding habits. Hunching over to bring your breast to your baby is a hard and painful habit to break resulting in a poor latch and a sore back and neck for you.
No matter which position you choose, always aim your nipple toward the roof of baby’s mouth. This helps ensure your nipple is at baby’s soft palate. Having your nipple dead-center of your baby’s mouth is bad latch and will result in painful breastfeeding.
If you know your latch isn’t proper (usually because of extreme pain) it’s even more important to break the seal of the latch before removing your baby. I made this mistake more than a few times and I can’t describe the pain!
It’s surprising how much suction a baby can create when breastfeeding and breaking a latch can be difficult. Here’s a video that shows the proper way to do it.
If your breasts are really full, it’s helpful to soften the breast before getting baby to latch. You can do that by pumping or hand expressing first. If your breasts are too hard and full, it can be difficult for baby to latch properly.
The Easiest Breastfeeding Positions for Beginners
There are so many positions to breastfeed your baby. You’ll choose the position based on many factors such as experience, personal comfort, and whether it’s night time.
Here’s a simple video to show the various positions you can try with your baby for your next feeding.
Tips to Reduce Pain with Breastfeeding
Getting help from a lactation consultant is very helpful because they are able to help you and your baby in person instead of just on your own through a screen.
Lactation consultant Sandra Yates of Vancouver says that, in fact, latch problems are the most common cause of breastfeeding pain. “Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt,” she assures mothers. “When it does, it’s usually a signal that something is wrong and we need to find a way to fix it.” Source
Breasts can become engorged, especially when your milk first comes in. This can be extremely painful and means your breasts need to be emptied either by breastfeeding, expressing by hand, or pumping.
Using cool compresses on breasts will also help alleviate the pain in addition to emptying the milk.
Know the warning signs of breast infections like Thrus and Mastitis. I personally experienced both of these conditions on more than one occasion. They were extremely painful and set back my breastfeeding efforts tremendously.
Preventing these conditions before they set in is so important to continuing healthy breastfeeding.
Tips to Heal Sore Nipples
The two leading causes of sore nipples when breastfeeding are bad latch and not property breaking the seal of a bad latch.
In addition, there are other causes for sore nipples such as milk blisters or blebs, pump friction, and breast infections.
Here are the best ways to heal and soothe your sore and cracked nipples.
Apply a small amount of breastmilk to your nipples after feeding or pumping and apply a nipple ointment. Do not air dry as commonly taught as this can cause scabs to form and causes slower and more painful healing.
Keep breasts exposed to air as much as possible in between feedings. And because you probably don’t want to walk around naked all day, a soft and breathable nursing bra can help tremendously.
Using cotton breastpads without a plastic liner will allow air to flow naturally and you can place a healthy dab of ointment onto the pad to keep healthy moisture on the nipples in between feedings.
Apply a natural nipple ointment to sore and cracked nipples before and after feedings and especially pumping to help reduce pump friction.
The following video is teaches you step by step how to mix a natural healing saline solution for quick healing.
How to Know If Your Baby is Getting Enough Milk
This has to be one of the biggest questions breastfeeding moms have, hands down. There’s always a bit of fear when you can’t actually see how much milk your baby is drinking.
And if your baby is fussy, you can immediately assume (many times incorrectly) that your baby isn’t getting enough milk.
Here are some helpful tips to give you much needed peace of mind:
Your breast should go from full to soft and empty after nursing.
You’ll know your baby is actively drinking when you hear her slurping and swallowing.
Your baby is wetting at least 6 diapers a day and soiling at least 3 mustard-colored stools a day after your milk comes in.
Your baby seems comfortable, satisfied, and even sleeping after feedings.
Your baby is growing on track acording to your pediatritian.
What are your best breastfeeding hacks and tips? Share them in the comments below!