How to Treat Engorged Breasts

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Ladies (and gents), engorgement is the real deal. I thought my breasts had gotten big while I was pregnant. They grew as my stomach did. I never realized that it was possible that they could get bigger. Like a lot bigger. In the first few days after delivering your newborn, your breasts produce a small … Read more

What Breastfeeding Does To Your Nipples

Breastfeeding can be really hard on a woman’s nipples, especially in the beginning, and there are a few things you need to know about that can occur. Although these changes may be stressful or painful, what is happening to your nipples as a new breastfeeding mom are generally not permanent and almost never something that … Read more

Why Breastfeeding Makes Me Sleepy

Why Breastfeeding Makes Me Sleepy

Breastfeeding make you sleepy? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many new moms are exhausted. I would say MOST (if not all) new moms are exhausted. They may feel sleepy while breastfeeding, frequently. I’d say it is reasonable to assume that it is the missed sleep, getting up multiple times throughout the night to feed … Read more

Can Breastfeeding Make You Anemic?

Can Breastfeeding Make You Anemic

First of all, what is anemia? First and foremost, you should know that there are many different kinds of anemia. Generally, anemia is the lack of sufficient red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body. But there are multiple variations of anemia. Some examples are: iron deficiency anemia (iron shortage in the body prevents … Read more

Can Breastfeeding Cause Acne?

Can Breastfeeding Cause Acne

Post pregnancy acne is something that many women suffer from after giving birth. Generally, it isn’t related directly to breastfeeding. The hormones that women experience after giving birth will commonly cause acne problems. Most of us who have gone through pregnancy and the postpartum period understand just how wacky all those hormones really were. (Ask … Read more

Can a Breastfeeding Mom Donate Blood?

Technically, yes, you can. However, most blood collection groups like the American Red Cross will advise you to wait until you are at least six week postpartum to donate blood, regardless of whether or not you are breastfeeding. Women who are pregnant should not donate blood, because their bodies desperately need all of the iron … Read more

Can a Breastfeeding Mom Drink Beer?

It’s normal for breastfeeding moms to hear very conflicting advice about whether or not they can drink alcohol (such as beer or wine) and if it will negatively affect their baby. The risks of drinking while pregnant are clearly defined, but the risks of drinking while breastfeeding aren’t as obvious. Alcohol and your bloodstream When … Read more