breastfeeding support

  • Relaxation and meditation tips for nursing moms

    This article is a guest post written by Cassie Brewer. She is a freelance journalist and writer. Breastfeeding is one of the greatest challenges many women will face after having a baby. While breastfeeding comes easily and naturally for some mothers and their infants, the struggle for the perfect (and painless) latch frustrates many mothers…sometimes to the point of tears.   According to the 2011 Breastfeeding Report Card issued by the Centers for Disease Control, 79 percent of mothers initially breastfeed their newborns but only 49 percent continued breastfeeding their infants after six months. Only 27 percent of infants were breastfed for one year.   The need to go back to work often interferes with breastfeeding, especially since not all...
  • Breastfeeding an adopted baby – what you should know

    Adoptive breastfeeding is becoming increasingly common as the society moves towards embracing this new idea.  Not only is it possible to breastfeed an adopted infant but more andmore mothers are interested in the possibility of fostering new-borns. It can be a rewarding experience for both the mother and her adopted child. Adoption can be a long process, and makes each placement irrevocable once the birthmother has signed the consent documents. The actual placement will only take place once the adoptive parents have received a written consent and are medically/financially approved by the adoption agency.     Adoptive Breastfeeding – The Process While it does require some pre-planning, the adoptive breastfeeding process is not much different from nursing a biological child...
  • Foods to Help Maintain a Healthy Milk Supply

    This is a guest post by Milveen Eke-Allen is a freelance writer and blogs about motherhood at glitterandglowmom.ca. She’s a mother of one and enjoys discovering new tips and tricks that empower the journey through parenthood. Foods to Help Maintain a Healthy Milk Supply    There’s no doubt that breastfeeding requires a lot from your body.  After all, your body burns hundreds of calories a day as it produces energy to keep up with the demands of a hungry infant or toddler. For this reason, eating foods that will help increase and maintain your milk supply is key. If you decide to nurse your baby, keep in mind that the more you nurse, the more milk your body produces. In addition to this, certain foods...
  • Breastfeeding: Can having a doula help?

    Breastfeeding is the normal continuation of pregnancy. It is a physiological process provided by nature. Sometimes it can be difficult and ongoing support before, during and after pregnancy can be very useful. Studies have also shown that success is more likely with the support of spouses, peers and health professionals. The presence and continued support of a doula during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period also contributes to breastfeeding success. Results from a combined study * shows that the presence of a doula reduces the number of interventions and contributes holistically to improve breastfeeding. Here are some statistics:  In general, women have an easier, smoother delivery when a doula is present A 50% decrease in the rate of caesarean section A reduction of...
  • My Breastfeeding Journey - guest post

    The following is a guest post from Momzelle mama, Natalie.  We always love to hear and share real life breastfeeding journeys.  If you want to share yours, please email info@momzelle.com. I took a class at my local hospital and researched online about breastfeeding while I was still pregnant. I studied the information and tried to prepare myself. But I really had no idea what a complete lifestyle change it would be, in addition to adjusting to being a new parent. I did not expect how it felt to have my chest exposed more often than not.  Because my husband has been deployed with the military overseas since my son was a month old, I have relied on help from my mother (who had breastfed me and my brother) and support from family and friends. I feel like I have...
  • Top Ten Tips for Breastfeeding Mothers this Holiday Season!

    I love the holidays!  Fabulous food, warm drinks, cheerful music, crazy shoppers and lots of time with family and friends.  In-laws, extended family, travelling, busy schedules and unsolicited advice can make these joyful occasions quite stressful for a breastfeeding mother. Here are a few tips to keep confident and comfortable this holiday season: 1. Delegate! Make sure you enlist your family to help, help, help.  Cooking food, cleaning, keeping older children busy, running errands, etc are all things that can easily be done by someone other than you.  Your priority is feeding baby and taking advantage of the extra pairs of hands :) 2. Keep hydrated.  Breastfeeding can be a lot of work for your body.  It is easy to forget the simple...
  • Momzelle - Proud New Member of the C.A.R.E. Code Alliance

    Our mission at Momzelle is to help mother's breastfeed anywhere with confidence and in comfort.  We seek to 'normalize' the most natural thing because our society, unfortunately, has done a pretty good job of stigmatizing it!  I love when we get to collaborate with organizations and advocates (like The Leaky Boob and the Badass Breastfeeder) to help spread the message. A look at the reach of Best for Babes in 2015 Our latest partnership is with the Best for Babes Foundation.  If you are not familiar with them, you should be!  :)  They do amazing work to support, encourage, represent and inspire breastfeeding mothers.  They have a Nursing In Public Harassment Hotline, tons of resources, science-based research, celebrity spokes-moms and more! ...
  • The Best Breastfeeding Advice from Breastfeeding Mothers

    The Best Breastfeeding Advice We did a flash giveaway on our Facebook page this week and, to enter, we asked mama's to tell us the best piece of breastfeeding advice they have ever received.  There was only one lucky winner, but a marvelous thread of over 80 pearls of wisdom, words of encouragement and supportive advice was created for all! Here are some of my favourites: "don't give up on your hardest day" "The best advice I ever got was to talk to other moms. There is a huge range of "normal" and so many different tips and techniques and talking to other moms not only gave me new ideas, it helped me feel empowered". "The best advice I ever got, surprisingly...
  • Online Breastfeeding Support to Real life Friendship

    The following is a guest post from a Momzelle Mama, Melissa Carey. I want to tell you a story of how encouraging a breastfeeding mom, even a stranger, can turn into a marvelous, meaningful friendship. Read on to find out how this came to be for me. I live in Midwest U.S.A. and am married to a supportive husband and have an adoptive child, two biological children and one more on the way in a matter of weeks. We consider ourselves a pretty crunchy/hippie family. So, from the beginning of parenthood, I knew I would breastfeed. My breastfeeding journey has been relatively easy compared with some women’s, but it has also been harder than it should have been. I believe this is because we...
  • The Breastfeeding Cover-Up

    This is not a post about nursing covers. This is a post about breastfeeding support. It is about those who consider themselves breastfeeding supporters, what a breastfeeding mother considers supportive and the often huge disparity between the two. I married into this company (my husband and his sister started Momzelle together, just as he and I started dating).  I started working in the company when I was pregnant with my first child.  I have the distinct privilege of being immersed in the breastfeeding community for my job, and it has made an incredible impact on my personal life.  I am so proud to have helped build a community on our Facebook page that is interactive, informative, entertaining and supportive.  I love getting a conversation going.  Lately, though...

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