Pregnancy Workouts for Couples

You’ve probably been told a time or two by your OBGYN and mom friends that working out during pregnancy is good for you and your baby. Yes, you may need to modify your pregnancy workouts and exclude some potentially dangerous activities for awhile (bye bye bikes, horseback riding and skiing), but exercise during pregnancy offers some amazing health benefits including stress relief, improved flexibility and strength to handle your growing body (which also helps during labor and delivery), and weight management. And you can reap these benefits with your partner in crime! Today we’re exploring pregnancy workouts for couples to keep both you and your hubs in good shape and ready to welcome your sweet new baby.

While you’re carrying the brunt of the body changes during pregnancy, your partner is an integral part of the experience. From helping prepare your home for your baby’s arrival, to supporting your physical and emotional health, dads-to-be are growing and changing in their own ways. Studies have even shown the hormonal shift that occurs in expectant dads during pregnancy resulting in “pregnancy symptoms” for fathers as well. And up to half of men gain weight during their partner’s pregnancy. What better way to combat the bulge than pregnancy workouts for couples?

Especially when you’re pregnant, having a partner around can make working out more enjoyable and safer too. Pregnancy takes a lot of adjustment so it’s hard to know how your body will respond to different exercises during each stage. With your husband around you’ll always have backup should you need a little assistance. Plus you can spend some quality bonding time together before the baby arrives, which may not happen often in just a few months. And of course you’ll both get the physical and mental benefits of working out, made even better by companionship.

Pregnancy Workouts for Couples

Pregnancy Workouts for CouplesWalking: Anything from a stroll to a power walk can make a great pregnancy workout for couples. Find your pace and get moving at least three times a week. Check out different parks and neighborhoods if you’re feeling adventurous, or stick to an indoor track if it makes you more comfortable. Be careful of treadmills and other gym equipment – the rebalance of body weight during pregnancy may have you feeling a little off-kilter. Also avoid rocky areas and steep mountain terrains where you would be more likely to fall.

Swimming: The weightlessness of water submersion can feel so good during pregnancy. You may not have the stamina for endless laps, but do what you can and then do some water calisthenics to round out your workout. The resistance of the water can be a powerful workout without the impact of regular aerobic exercise.

Partner Prenatal Yoga: When your schedules align, practice partner prenatal yoga. This mind-body workout will not only challenge your bodies, but also keep you connected and grounded during this exciting and anxious time in your lives. Partner prenatal yoga consists of pregnancy-safe moves where you and your partner support each other’s weight and help each other stretch. Plus, it incorporates wonderful breathing techniques that may help you during labor and delivery.

Weight Training: Weight training with light hand weights during pregnancy is a fantastic way to pump your heart rate and stay toned. It also allows you and partner to select appropriate weights for your fitness levels and your partner can be close by to ensure you are safe. Try simple arm strengthening moves to hit each upper body muscle group once or twice, and then use weights for resistance during squats, lunges or reclining leg-lifts. Take breaks as needed and unlike your pre-pregnancy workouts, there’s no need to engage your core!

Remember, follow the recommendations of your physician regarding exercise during pregnancy. Only workout to your fitness level and discontinue exercise that causes pain or unusual symptoms.

Also, gear up with a nursing sports bra that will take you from pregnancy through breastfeeding. The comfort and support is unbeatable and you’ll be ready to get back in the swing of exercise once your little one arrives.

Sources: Fit Pregnancy, Parent’s World and Baby Med

Breastfeeding Success Story: The Moms of San Marcos TX WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: The Moms of San Marcos TX WICMarissa simply stated “Thank you so much for the donation! I’ve been breastfeeding for 10 months and it’s a journey I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world!”

Rebecca spoke of the loving commitment she made to her baby from the very beginning but expressed “I didn’t know it was going to be so hard!” Like most working mothers, she worried about mastering the balancing act of breastfeeding and pumping while getting her hours in. “Fortunately I work from home, and you can only see me from the face up on my webcam, so I used a pumping bra while working and no one could ever tell.”

Shannon described her tough but rewarding experience with tandem nursing. “My oldest was unhappy when my colostrum came back but we stuck it through. Then my youngest got a tooth! What a ride we’ve had.”

The Moms of San Marcos TX WIC

Fruit Art

Fruit Art

Hello crafts, meet fruit!

Most kids love sweet, delicious fruit. And most kids love crafts as well. We’re combining the two for some awesomely fun fruit art projects for you and your kiddos. If your baby is eating solids, she can enjoy the deconstruction – a.k.a. eating – portion of the program. Even if not, observing, smelling and touching fruit is a great sensory activity for infants.

Fruit Art Project #1: Taste the Rainbow

Rainbows are fascinating for kids and adults alike. Talk about how rainbows form and the color pattern they make and then create one using a variety of colorful fruits. [IDEAS: Red – strawberries or raspberries, Orange – oranges slices or mango, Yellow – pineapple or peaches, Green – kiwi or green grapes, Blue – blueberries, Purple – plums or blackberries.]  Arrange the fruits in an arched shape in rainbow color order. Regardless of the weather outside, you’ll have a beautiful rainbow treat inside.

Fruit Art Project #2: Beautiful Butterfly

Butterflies make excellent fruit art because they are stunning and offers the opportunity to talk about symmetry since the wings of butterflies are symmetrical. A banana or long melon slice makes a good center for the butterfly’s body and then your kids can arrange fruit in a symmetrical pattern to create the wings. Don’t forget the antennae with blueberries on top.

Fruit Art

Fruit Art Project #3: Tree Treat

With just two fruits you can create a beautiful tree. Peel a tangerine, clementine or halo and pull apart the sections. (Kids love pulling apart the sections!)  Use the slices to make a tree trunk and tree branches. Then scatter green grapes across the top surrounding the branches.

Fruit Art Project #4: Adorable Lion

This king of the jungle isn’t going to scare anyone but it sure does look cute. Start with a ring of pineapple for the base of the face. Add tangerine sections all around for the mane. Banana rounds are perfect for the ears and the base of the eyes and then add blueberries for the pupils. Use a melon triangle for the nose with a few blueberries beneath for the mouth. And complete your lion with very thin apple slices for the whiskers.

Fruit Art Project #5: Flower Garden

There are many ways to make flowers out of fruit and your kids can experiment with them all! Thinly sliced sticks of apple or pair make a nice stem and kiwi slices or green grapes are terrific leaves. Using brightly colored berries, your little ones can make beautiful flower petals. Or you can use floral-shaped cookie cutters on melon or pineapple to cut out flowers. Encourage your kids to make several different types of flowers and create a garden scene with grass, a sun and perhaps some birds or clouds as well.

Fruit Art Project #6: Come Sail Away

It doesn’t get much cuter than these adorable sailboats. Tangerine slices make the perfect boat shape for the base and wedged apple slices act as the sails. Use one stick-shaped slice in the middle to hold up the sails. Make a small flag for the top out of melon, strawberry or pineapple. Then add a row of blueberries underneath so your sailboats set sail in the ocean blue.

What’s your favorite fruit art project?

Breastfeeding Success Story: Adrianne from Louisiana WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Adrianne from Louisiana WIC“I choose to breastfed my baby to give her the certain antibodies that her body needs to fight off viruses. This will also bring the perfect bonding time for me and my daughter.

 

Breastfeeding has so many benefits to me and my baby. Research shows that babies who are breastfed are healthier babies, not to mention it will help shrink my uterus and burn calories to lose the weight that I’ve gained during my pregnancy.

 

I choose to breastfed because it is the natural way to provide nutrition to my baby. My plan is to breastfed for as long as my milk supply will allow me to.”

 

Adrianne from Louisiana WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: The Moms of Sevier County, TN WIC

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Sammi from Sevier County, TN WIC“My Lactation Counselor is the only reason I learned I didn’t have to supplement with formula. And if I hadn’t seen her when I did we may not be 19+ months and still going strong with breastfeeding. I also think that she is the reason that, instead of formula, I used donor milk from my sister to supplement with until my baby started gaining weight steadily. She and this group made my breastfeeding journey successful and kept me going when I wanted to give up.” –Sammi

Breastfeeding Success Story: Nicole from Sevier County, TN WIC“If it wasn’t for everyone at WIC staying up late answering questions and helping me get through six months of thrush, I probably would have never made it to 20 months with my son. Nor would I have experienced being able to feed two littles at the same time.” -Nicole

Breastfeeding Success Story: Whitnee from Sevier County, TN WIC“When my youngest son was born, I learned early at about a week old that he had a tongue and lip tie.  Little did I know our breastfeeding journey for the next couple of weeks would be so painful and frustrating. If it hadn’t been for the wonderful Breastfeeding Peer Counselors who gave me tips and showed me how I could help and reminded me of the benefits of breastfeeding, our journey would have ended before we made it a month.  Now we have successfully breastfed for almost one year with no end in sight!” -Whitnee

Breastfeeding Success Story: Amber from Sevier County, TN WIC“If it wasn’t for the WIC program, I wouldn’t have known anything about breastfeeding.  I know I wouldn’t have chosen to breastfeed Eleanor for it was foreign to me. I’m so thankful for all of the help from my Breastfeeding Peer Counselors. Fourteen months and still going strong!” -Amber

Breastfeeding Success Story: Sheyenne from Sevier County, TN WIC“I was having a lot of trouble getting started, and my Breastfeeding Peer Counselor was very helpful sending me articles and being very encouraging. One of my family members was able to help me and Liam get the hang of things, and we have continued to exclusively breastfeed for eight months.” -Sheyenne

“I wholeheartedly believe that if it wasn’t for the Breastfeeding Peer Counselors that run our support group I wouldn’t have been able to breastfeed at all, let alone for a little over a year. The support group was so great for learning and they always answered any questions that I ever had. I am so thankful!” –Katie

Breastfeeding Success Story: Tazeen from Saline County, KS WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Tazeen from Saline County, KS WIC“I know this is supposed to be a short letter, so I will try my very best to sum up all the wonderful things about this breastfeeding group and more so about Ms. Mona Hargrave.

I moved to Kansas from New York about two years ago and I didn’t know anyone, didn’t have any “go-to” places and I didn’t know anything about what the county offered its constituents. During my second year in Kansas my husband and I found out we were going to have a little baby after 10-years of marriage! As wonderful as the news was, it was also heartbreaking to be away from home (we are a military family) and our friends and most importantly my mother.

I wanted to take classes for first time parents, first time moms, learn how to prep for baby, take safety classes and I wanted to read all the books on having a baby. I finally met someone who I could call a friend and she introduced me to this wonderful idea of taking a class about breastfeeding and infant safety. I figured sure this would be a good start. Unfortunately, I worked in Salina and lived in Ft. Riley, so to take those classes with my husband would be quite a commute. This is where Mona comes in.

Mona helped find a program which was close to my residence and I was able to attend all the classes. I was also invited to join the Facebook group. I had no idea that this group existed.

This group and Mona have been so helpful to me. Mona always makes sure to answer any private and public messages. I have never met her person, yet I feel like she has always had mine and my baby’s best interest. She posts articles that have research and scientific back up. Provides links for reference on anything related to breastfeeding and infant and mommy safety. She never discredits anyone’s opinions or remarks or experiences. And she never judges the choices we make. She only encourages us to try breastfeeding and reach out if we feel defeated or can’t figure out what to do. She doesn’t pressure to breastfeed either, rather she educates us on all the wonderful benefits to baby and mom.

The moms on the group page are wonderful as well. They are always offering insight and personal experience, which are so great. I never felt like “oh why is this happening to me”. I felt good knowing that we shared similar experiences.

Mona and the group are wonderful. I really don’t know if I would have made it as far as I have nursing my infant son, had it not been for all the knowledge, encouragement and support provided by Mona. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

Tazeen from Saline County, KS WIC

 

What to Avoid While Breastfeeding

What to Avoid While BreastfeedingYou’ve just come out of this sacred 40 week period where you diligently (and perhaps neurotically) protected your unborn baby from anything potentially harmful in the “outside world.” The first thing you may want to do after giving birth is grab a big bottle of wine, plate of sushi and box of chocolate and have a mega “I’m not pregnant anymore” feast. Before you do, remember that you are still the one and only food source for your bundle of joy and some of that indulgent food you may be craving – as well as medications, intoxicants, and chemicals that may be in your personal care and beauty products – will seep into your breast milk to some degree.  Check out what to avoid while breastfeeding to keep your breast milk as pure as possible for the health of your baby.

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

There are many myths surrounding foods to avoid while breastfeeding. Some are based on cultural experiences while others are anecdotal or old wives tales. There are actually very few foods to avoid while breastfeeding if any, however the answer for you will be based on you and your baby’s individual needs.

In general, eating a clean, diverse and well-rounded diet is the best way to ensure your baby gets the benefits of a wholesome diet through your breast milk. Lots of fruits, vegetables, lean sources of protein, healthy fats and whole grains will provide you and your baby with a variety of nutrients to thrive. Plus, eating many different types of foods will change the flavor of your breast milk and offer your baby an introduction in the wonderful world of food, which may serve her well as she begins to eat solid foods in the future. Don’t forget, eating healthy is just as important for you as your baby. Breastfeeding and raising an infant takes a lot of energy so eating well will help give you the strength you need for the job.

Deli meat, sushi and soft cheese are back on the menu. And, contrary to what many believe, you can even have caffeine and alcohol in moderation. That means no more than 3 servings of caffeine a day and one or two drinks a day. Alcohol and caffeine will pass into your bloodstream, which means it will enter your breast milk to a very small extent. You’ll also want to steer clear of high mercury fish that could affect your baby’s brain development. Other foods like extreme amounts of sage, peppermint and similar herbs can decrease your milk supply so it’s important to be conscious of what you eat from a milk supply perspective as well.

Many moms are surprised to learn that babies with food allergies will react to their mother’s milk if she’s eaten an allergen. The most common infant and child food allergy is cow’s milk followed by eggs, nuts and shellfish. Keep an eye out for signs of any food allergies, especially after you’ve eaten any of these potentially risky foods. If your baby does have a food allergy you may need to eliminate those foods from your diet.

Medications to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Just like food, medications can creep into your breast milk. Some medications are deemed safe for babies while others should be avoided completely while breastfeeding. Often an alternative medication can be prescribed that is safe for your baby if your original medication is not. Make sure your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding when prescribing medication and call your pediatrician to double check the safety of medications for your baby. Keep in mind, some drugs including over-the-counter medications that are not harmful to babies may cause a dip in your milk supply.

Intoxicants and Exposure to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Illicit drug use and smoking of any kind are not healthy for you or your baby while breastfeeding. Certain types of radiation exposure can affect your breast milk as well including working in a radioactive environment or working around radiation equipment.

Chemicals to Avoid While Breastfeeding

What you put on your body is absorbed into your bloodstream through your skin. Therefore, the ingredients in your personal care and beauty products may wind up in your breast milk in small amounts. There are hundreds of potentially harmful ingredients in personal care and beauty products and you may not be able to avoid all of them. However, do try to be as natural as possible with your product selection during this important time for the health of your baby. Be especially sensitive to your breasts by avoiding any soap or lotion on them since your baby will directly ingest it while nursing.

Sources: Babble, The Bump, La Leche League, American Pregnancy, KellyMom and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Loving Moments believes moms should have the knowledge, resources and power to make the healthiest choices for their babies, starting with breastfeeding. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August, we are sharing Breastfeeding Basics, our educational blog series that we hope will empower you with information, encouragement and inspiration to meet your breastfeeding goals.

 

Breastfeeding Problems

For most moms, the joys and triumphs of breastfeeding far outweigh the problems, but that doesn’t mean issues don’t occur. In fact, even moms who have successful journeys probably ran into breastfeeding problems at some point along the path. Just like all other aspects of raising a child, it’s how you handle the situation that helps determine the outcome. With support, knowledge and perseverance, you can overcome most breastfeeding problems.

Here’s a look at common breastfeeding problems and what you can do to resolve them:

Latching Issues

Breastfeeding ProblemsLatching is one of the most important elements of breastfeeding success. When your baby is not properly latched she may not extract milk efficiently, which in turn may mean she’s not getting enough nutrients and it may reduce your milk supply. Plus, improper latch can hurt your nipples. Perfecting your latch may take several weeks but the effort will pay off.

Remember, for a proper latch you should cup your breast and pull your baby towards your nipple. Her mouth should open wide and close to cover as much of your areola as possible and your nipple should be pointed at the top of her mouth with her tongue cradling your nipple. Once the seal has formed, you should feel her tugging and hear her swallowing milk.

Visit a lactation consultant if you and your baby cannot get the hang of latching. This vital part of breastfeeding can reduce risk of breastfeeding problems in the future. A lactation consultant may be able to recognize other issues that might prevent proper latch such as flat or inverted nipples or a lip or tongue tie.

Nipple Pain

Slight nipple soreness may occur for the first few weeks of nursing as your breasts get used to being suckled. After that, you generally should not feel any pain from breastfeeding. If you do, it’s red flag that another issue is at play. The leading cause of nipple pain is improper latch so double check that your baby is latching correctly, and visit a lactation consultant if you suspect this is the culprit of your pain. Nipple pain may also occur when your baby is teething or starts solids, but usually this is temporary. To soothe nipple tenderness, you can use warm or cold compresses, gel pads and 100% pure lanolin cream. Breast milk itself can help heal sores and cracks as well. Be sure to wear soft, breathable nursing bras that won’t further irritate your nipples or cause chaffing.

Thrush

Thrush is a yeast infection that you can get on your breasts and your baby can get in her mouth. It may cause red blisters, cracking and a burning sensation on your nipples as well as intense pain throughout your breasts. Your baby may have yellow or white blisters in her mouth and find it painful to swallow while nursing or sucking a pacifier. Thrush can continuously transfer back and forth from baby to mother until it is treated. If you believe you and your baby have thrush, call your doctor and pediatrician to get prescriptions to clear it up. Also, thoroughly clean pump supplies, bottles and pacifiers that may carry the infection as well.

Distraction

It’s typical for babies to become distracted while nursing, especially as they get older and are more in tune with their surroundings. Feeding in a dimly lit, quiet and dull room may help. Try nursing at times when your baby is slightly tired and less likely to look for stimulation. Also, create a distraction of your own that does not preclude breastfeeding, such as singing to your baby, talking softly or telling a story. In public a nursing cover may help limit distractions.

Sleepiness

Suckling at your breast can be very relaxing and often causes babies to fall asleep. Sometimes that’s a good thing but when you’re trying to ensure your baby is well-fed and you drain your breasts completely, a sleepy baby can be frustrating. In this case, try un-swaddling your baby and striping her down to her diaper. Turn up the lights and have some background noise such as music or your own voice. You can tickle her toes or use a cool washcloth if you need further stimulation.

Engorgement

Engorgement occurs when your breasts are too full, which can become painful, counteract milk production or cause a plugged duct. The best thing to do when your breasts feel full is feed your baby, pump or hand express milk for relief. Usually engorgement is more common in the early weeks and months of breastfeeding before your milk supply stabilizes to meet the needs of your baby.

Plugged Duct

A plugged duct is a blockage somewhere in the ductal system or nipple pore that obstructs milk flow. It usually only affects one breast at a time and the breast may feel hot, tender, swollen and hard in the area off the clog. The best way to treat a plugged duct is to massage the area, apply warm compresses and nurse or pump often. Although nursing and pumping may be painful, it can help loosen the obstruction until milk can flow freely again. An infection can occur if a plugged duct is not resolved.

Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection of the breast caused from a plugged duct or the introduction of bacteria through the nipple. The external symptoms are much like plugged ducts – warmth of the breast, redness, swelling and pain. Flu-like symptoms, fever and lethargy may also accompany mastitis. In addition to using warm compresses, massaging your breast and feeding or pumping often, seek help from your doctor if you believe you have a breast infection. She can prescribe medication (that is safe for your baby) to clear it up within a few days.

Low Milk Supply

Low milk supply can be very discouraging and often leads to premature weaning. Sometimes mothers believe they have a low milk supply because their breasts don’t feel as full, their babies begin nursing differently or their pumping output is less, however these are not necessarily signs of low milk supply. If you truly have a low milk supply, the best way to increase your milk supply is by breastfeeding or pumping more frequently and ensuring your breasts are drained each time. Also, eating a wholesome diet and incorporating galactogogues such as oats, lactation cookies, lactation tea, fenugreek and other herbs can boost milk supply. Watch out for foods and habits that may be counterproductive for your milk supply such as being dehydrated, not getting enough sleep and drinking too much caffeine or alcohol.

Sources: BabyCenter, La Leche League, Today’s Parent and KellyMom

 

Loving Moments believes moms should have the knowledge, resources and power to make the healthiest choices for their babies, starting with breastfeeding. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August, we are sharing Breastfeeding Basics, our educational blog series that we hope will empower you with information, encouragement and inspiration to meet your breastfeeding goals.

 

Breastfeeding Success Story: Kimberly from Aurora County WIC

Breastfeeding Success Story: Kimberly from Aurora County WIC“Dear Leading Lady and Loving Moments,

I’d like to personally thank you for the donated nursing bra. I have always struggled trying to find the right nursing bra. When my Breastfeeding Coordinator told me about the donation I was pleased that she chose me to receive one.

Having the right bra has helped with the comfort of breastfeeding. It has helped me to stay confident, keeps me calm, and reminds that I can feel sexy at the same time wearing a nursing bra. It has been helpful to me because I am able to breastfeed my daughter without having to constantly lift my sports bra. Since I’ve been wearing my bra I have not experienced any back pain. I have not experienced any markings on my shoulders and my baby is less fussy.”

 

Kimberly, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor from Aurora County WIC

 

Breastfeeding Supplies

Breastfeeding is one of those pure and simple natural acts of love and nourishment that doesn’t require a lot of “stuff.” It’s tempting to buy a ton of breastfeeding supplies before your baby arrives thinking they will help make breastfeeding easier or solve problems if they arise. The truth is, you can probably secure a few essential items as a starting point and then see what you need as your journey begins.

Here’s our list of recommended breastfeeding supplies:

Nursing Pillow: Propping your baby on a soft pillow can be useful to finding great breastfeeding positions. You’re hands may be busy holding your breast and helping your baby latch so having a secure place for your baby to lie is nice. There are many types of nursing pillows each with their own clever features. Some can be repurposed for helping your baby sit up or for tummy time as well. If you don’t want to buy a nursing pillow, any pillow you have at home will do.

Breastfeeding SuppliesNursing Bras and Nursing Tank Tops: Fumbling to remove your clothes and bra with a hungry, fussy baby in hand is no fun so be prepared with nursing bras and nursing tank tops that will make breastfeeding much simpler. Nursing bras and nursing tank tops offer easy access to your breasts either with nursing clasps and drop-down cups, slide-over cups or front-closures. Select styles that are appropriate for your stage of breastfeeding – stretchy styles are great for maternity and the early weeks of breastfeeding as your milk supply fluctuates. You’ll definitely want some daytime nursing bras and some nursing sleep bras as well. Nursing tank tops are terrific for wearing out-and-about, sleepwear or layering.

Nursing Pads: Many new moms experience leaks between feedings. Sometimes it happens as you get close to a feeding time, when you hear your baby cry or even when you think about your baby. Nursing pads simply fit right inside your nursing bra or nursing tank top to absorb any breast milk leaks. Loving Moments’ washable nursing pads can be reused and are soft, discreet and easy to wear.

Nursing Cover: For distraction-free nursing, a nursing cover is a handy tool. Our Loving Moments nursing cover is the ideal lightweight, breathable material that offers discretion while allowing your baby plenty of air flow. Plus, it doubles as a fashion scarf so you can easily carry it with you on-the-go.

Breast Pump: Whether you’re returning to work or not, a breast pump can be a life-saver. It allows you to be away from your baby occasionally and possibly get more sleep while your partner handles overnight feedings. You may also want to store breast milk to use at later dates or pump to relieve engorgement or build up your milk supply. Here’s some really good news you may not know: many insurance plans offer a free electronic breast pump to new moms. Ask your insurance provider if you qualify.

Comfort Place: A rocking chair, cozy couch or your bed are all super comfort places for breastfeeding. There’s no need to buy anything fancy – a peaceful spot in your house will do just fine. Both you and your baby will associate this spot with breastfeeding and being there will help both of you relax and enjoy being close.

If you run into common breastfeeding issues, consider these breastfeeding supplies:

Lanolin Cream: A pure lanolin cream is safe and soothing for sore or cracked nipples. Apply it after breastfeeding. Lanolin cream can help ensure breast pads don’t stick to your nipples as well. (Breast milk is also a great way to heal sore nipples. Simply hand express a little milk and rub it on your nipples after feedings.)

Nipple Shells or Gel Pads: For extremely sore nipples, engorgement, plugged ducts or mastitis, nipple shells or gel pads can make you feel a whole lot more comfortable. These wrap your breast in cold or warmth to help reduce swelling and tenderness.

Nipple Shields: For extremely sore nipples or flat or inverted nipples, a nipple shield can be helpful. Also, babies who have trouble latching may have an easier time while using a nipple shield.

Baby Scale: If you’re worried about your baby getting enough milk, invest in a baby scale so you can weigh your baby often. You can also weigh your baby before and after feedings to see how much she’s taking.

Sources: KellyMom, Parenting and Parents Magazine

 

Leading Lady’s All About Breastfeeding blog series serves to educate and inspire new moms with information on a range of breastfeeding topics during the month of August in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. This resource guide of helpful tips, breastfeeding advice, and research-based information supports our mission to raise awareness for breastfeeding and motivate moms on their breastfeeding journey.