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A Storage Question: Can You Freeze Refrigerated Breastmilk?

Freezing Refrigerated Breastmilk_Pic_EditedTo freeze or not to freeze? That is the question when it comes to refrigerated breastmilk. We get this question a lot at Ybreast and we want to make sure you know the dos and don’ts of freezing breastmilk that’s been hanging out in the fridge, so your little one is getting the very best.

Picture this scenario: let’s say you need some serious me-time and you’ve scheduled a long-awaited and well-deserved mani/pedi. You secured Grandma’s babysitting services for this afternoon and you’re all set. You pump and leave milk in the fridge, just in case you’re not back in time for baby’s next feeding, and off you go. When you return, you find that the whole trip took under an hour and you’re back in time for baby’s next mealtime. Hurray! It’s only the next day when you go to grab some milk from the fridge for your morning coffee (which yes, is perfectly fine during breastfeeding!) that you realize you completely forgot to freeze that just-in-case breastmilk. Argh! Now what? Can you freeze the milk once it’s been refrigerated?

By |December 6th, 2013|

Sleeping on the Job? The 411 on Caffeine and Breastfeeding

Caffeine_Pic_Edited“Sleep when the baby sleeps,” or so they say. But what if the baby NEVER EVER sleeps unless he’s in your arms or on your chest or in some other position that makes it totally impossible for you to get simultaneous shut-eye? And what about the 10 thousand-plus household chores that you’re supposed to tackle during his all-too-short naps? Laundry to fold, bills to pay, hair to wash—it never ends.

To make it through the day, many of us frazzled moms need a jolt of java—and the reassurance that caffeine won’t hurt our babies. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s perfectly fine to drink coffee while you’re breastfeeding. Push that snoozing-baby-carrying stroller right over to Starbucks and order yourself a latte with zero guilt.

The more we learn about breastfeeding, the more we understand that very little is off-limits. Caffeine hasn’t been shown to

By |November 29th, 2013|

Your Baby Is a Born Addict: The Truth About Pacifiers

Pacifier Pic EditedBabies emerge from the womb with a hard-core addiction: they love sucking. They want to suck all the time, night and day, around the clock. That’s because sucking releases cholecystokinin (CCK), a feel-good hormone that soothes and relaxes the baby. Babies can’t get enough, so they suck and suck in the hopes of mainlining as much CCK as possible.

There are two ways to satisfy your baby’s CCK addiction. The first and most natural one is through breastfeeding, which releases relaxing hormones in both baby and mommy. Ever noticed how a baby looks drunk right after a good feeding? That’s the CCK at work; it helps the baby feel more full, and a full-feeling baby is more likely to sleep.

Pacifiers and other artificial nipples also give babies their much-needed CCK fix. We’ve all seen a baby drift off to never-never land sucking on a pacifier, and it’s because of that wonderful CCK. But is it a good idea to introduce a pacifier?

By |November 15th, 2013|

The Beer-Breastfeeding Myth: The Truth About Drinking While Breastfeeding

Alcohol_Pic_EditedAfter nine months without drinking, you’re ready to kick back and celebrate the arrival of your little bundle of joy. Well, guess what? You can. Time to break out the bubbly!

At Ybreast, mothers are constantly asking us about drinking. Will a glass of wine hurt the baby? Can I drink sometimes? But when and how much? Well, here’s the deal. It’s true that alcohol enters your breastmilk: blood circles in and out of your milk ducts, and if there’s alcohol in your blood, it will pass into your milk. That said, the milk doesn’t stay there for long. If you wait about two hours after drinking, you can nurse without fear that you’re hurting your baby. Your milk will no longer register the alcohol you had every right to enjoy.

And even if you nurse right after drinking (or even while drinking), you have to realize that it takes a lot of alcohol to affect your baby; we’re talking multiple drinks a day every day of the week. If you have a single glass of wine in the evening, your

By |September 27th, 2013|