Secrets to Success

Maintaining Your Career and Milk Supply: Pumping Through 13-Hour Days

Pumping at Work_EditedMaternity leave is up, and it’s time to get back to work (though I’d argue that caring for a newborn is some of the hardest work you’ll ever do!). The transition from stay-at-home mother of a breastfeeding newborn to high-functioning, schedule-keeping, pumping mama is never easy, but I’m here to remind you that it can be done. This is my story of how I worked 13-hour days, kept up with my career, and pumped enough to “breastfeed” exclusively (bottles of pumped milk count!).

When my first child was 12 weeks old, like many moms in the U.S., I went back to work. Lots of us work long hours, and as a floor nurse at a hospital, there was no getting around my 12.5-hour shift. With travel time, that meant I was often away from my infant for 13 or even 13.5 hours at a time, sometimes missing his entire waking day. Luckily, he woke to breastfeed at night and I could

8 Tips for Getting Away Without Baby While Nursing

Gettin Away Without Baby_YbreastWhether it’s your first or fourth baby, you’re tired. And depending on your circumstances and/or level of desperation, you may finally be ready to get away… (gulp!) without baby. Luckily, with a little bit of advanced planning, choosing to breastfeed does not have to render vacationing a thing of the past. Whether for business or pleasure, here are a few tips to make your getaway while nursing a smooth one.

By |July 25th, 2014|

Sibling Rivalry? 10 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Second, Third, or Even Fourth Child

Sibling Rivalry_Breastfeeding_Second_TimeBreastfeeding is hard enough the first time around, throw a kid (or two) in the mix and the approach that worked so well the first time around might require some rejiggering. It’s not uncommon for a mom to want to introduce a bottle and just call it a day, but making the time to breastfeed the newbie in the family provides many rewards. Here are 10 reasons why you should not give up now:

1. Breastfed babies are smarter. Numerous studies have shown that, more often than not, it is the firstborn who earns more money and, statistically speaking, is more likely to become president or CEO. Attributable not just to birth order, many experts agree that it is in part because

By |March 4th, 2014|

Cookies and… Milk? The Lowdown on Oatmeal

Oatmeal cookies and milkAs women, we’re constantly in search of the quick-fix: the trick to flawless skin, healthy hair, or that magic bullet that will melt away those unwanted pounds. And as nursing moms, we look for that magical elixir guaranteed to protect and/or amplify our milk supply. While a single food, herb, or tea that claims to increase milk supply may seem tempting, the truth is that the best way to make more milk is frequent milk removal (via nursing, pumping, and/or hand expression). Nevertheless, some women have reported a slight surge in their milk supply by simply adding oatmeal to their diet.

What’s the “science” behind the hype?

By |March 3rd, 2014|

A New Mom’s Perspective: Tales from the Breastfeeding Frontlines

Perspectives_EditedMedical experts all agree: breastfeeding is not just the optimal choice of nutrition for babies, it is an absolute health imperative. It provides unparalleled protection against viruses, bacterial infections, and environmental toxins. It stimulates the physical, intellectual, and emotional growth of your baby and initiates important hormonal signals that prime both the body and brain for optimal development. Absolutely priceless, it is the ultimate superfood. But breastfeeding isn’t easy and it throws most new moms for a loop.

In a very special Q&A, we get the unique perspective of one new mom who shares what she discovered through breastfeeding—the joys, the challenges, and what contributed to her success.

By |January 20th, 2014|

A Breastfeeding Survival Tool: The Almighty Side-Lying Position

News flash: having a baby is exhausting. First there’s the whole labor and delivery thing, and when it’s over, you get this tiny, needy creature who sleeps only in short bursts and wants to feed what feels like All. The. Time. At the hospital, you may think you have your new job under control, thanks to all the support from nurses and family members. But just wait till you get home. That’s when Ybreast starts getting the panicked phone calls from new parents.

“Why does the baby wake up every single hour? Unless he’s at the boob, he cries and cries nonstop— am I doing something wrong? Will I ever sleep again? I can’t survive that many more days like this!” We’ve heard it all.

The husbands call, too: “My wife is going to get sick if she doesn’t get some sleep!” they’ll cry. “This cannot possibly be normal.”

By |September 20th, 2013|