Conditions that Affect Breastfeeding

BreastConditions that Affect Breastfeedingfeeding is a treasured gift for most moms. But in some cases, a mother’s desire and effort to breastfeed are contradicted by conditions that affect breastfeeding. Past breast surgeries or procedures, diagnosis of a disease or nipple structure can all impede your ability to safely or effectively breastfeed. Today we’re examining conditions that affect breastfeeding and how to navigate them for you’re your best chance of success.

Breast Biopsy or Surgery

Breast biopsies or surgeries may impact milk ducts or nerves and render them incapable of stimulating or releasing breast milk. If a breast biopsy is necessary, a surgery-free needle biopsy is the best choice to reduce likelihood of damaging milk ducts and nerves but even a surgical biopsy can leave enough unaffected areas for successful breastfeeding.

The same is true of breast augmentation and breast reduction surgery. Make it clear to your surgeon that you would like the option to breastfeed in the future so he can do his best to leave nerves in tact. The nerves are essential for stimulating milk production. While you won’t know for sure if you can breastfeed until after your baby is born, if you have sensation in your nipple, you may be able to at least partially breastfeed.

A mastectomy or removal of one breast doesn’t mean you cannot breastfeed. Believe it or not, you may be able to sustain your baby’s needs with the other breast if it is fully functional. It might take some extra work to establish and maintain a strong milk supply, however.

Nipple Conditions

Flat or inverted nipples can make breastfeeding more tedious but the good news is they don’t impact milk supply. Flat nipples lay flush with the areola while inverted nipples retract into the areola, either slightly, moderately or severely. You may need to stimulate your nipples prior to breastfeeding to help your baby latch, which you can do manually or with a pump. Holding your breast skin tightly to encourage your nipples to protrude may also help.

You can also likely breastfeed with a pierced nipple as long as the jewelry has been removed. Piercing could damage milk ducts but you won’t know for sure until you start breastfeeding.

Cancer

Breastfeeding can continue during most diagnostic testing for cancer. If you need to undergo chemotherapy or radioactive isotope treatment, you will need to discontinue breastfeeding until these substances are completely out of your system. Consider pumping and discarding the milk to maintain milk supply. In some cases you may be able to breastfeed from the uninfected breast during treatment. Past cancer treatment should not affect your ability to breastfeed as long as the drugs are out of your body.

Gestational Diabetes

Breastfeeding after gestational diabetes may be more difficult due to a delayed milk supply but it is beneficial for both you and your baby. When you have gestational diabetes your baby may be born with low blood sugar and breastfeeding early and often will help stabilize your baby’s blood sugar and reduce risk of developing diabetes herself later in life. Breastfeeding may help you recover from gestational diabetes and reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes, while also helping with postpartum weight loss.

Hepatitis

Typically moms with hepatitis A, B or C can continue breastfeeding. HAV can be treated with medication that is safe during breastfeeding. Babies born to moms with HBV will be fully immunized and tested. HCV can be transmitted through blood, not breast milk itself, so the only reason to discontinue breastfeeding is if your nipples are cracked and bleeding.

HIV/AIDS

This virus and disease and the drugs used to treat them can be transferred through breast milk. Moms with HIV or AIDS who have safe alternatives for feeding their babies should not breastfeed.

Drug Addiction and Certain Medications

Intravenous drugs and certain prescription medications are not compatible with breastfeeding. If you must take a drug for medical reasons and no safe alternative is available, temporarily suspend breastfeeding until you are cleared to resume.

Sources: BabyCenter and SheKnows

 

Relactation: Return to Breastfeeding

True or false, moms: Once you stop breastfeeding you lose your milk forever? The answer is False. It is entirely possible to return to breastfeeding after a lactation gap, and no we’re not talking about having another baby. Relactation is the process of rebuilding your milk supply after having a baby and taking a break from breastfeeding. (This is different than induced lactation, which occurs when a woman builds a milk supply but has never been pregnant.)

If you’re hoping to return to breastfeeding, here’s the scoop on relactation:

Relactation: Return to BreastfeedingWhile there is little research on relactation, statistics show success rates are pretty high when mothers take the proper steps. The factors that influence success are: having a baby four months or younger, having only a short lactation gap, your baby’s willingness to feed at the breast and seeking professional support. First let’s look at how relactation is even possible.

During pregnancy and childbirth, your body is preparing for breastfeeding by mixing up a cocktail of hormones that will produce breast milk. Your breasts are also changing to best meet the needs of your baby’s most nutritious source of food. Once your baby is born, stimulation of the nipple triggers the hormone prolactin, which is necessary to produce breast milk. When you have a lactation gap (and amazingly even if you’ve never been pregnant or given birth), stimulating the nipple is how relactation can occur.

As is typical of all breastfeeding, putting your baby on the breast often and draining the breast as much as possible is critical for relactation. Feeding 10-12 times a day, that’s every 2-3 hours, is usually the best way to jumpstart your milk supply. The more stimulation, the more likely you are to restart the production of milk and build a healthy milk supply. Also make sure your baby is feeding effectively with a good latch.

It is also essential to drain your breasts thoroughly with each feeding. Find your baby’s favorite breastfeeding positions and activities to keep your baby interested and engaged in breastfeeding. Breast compressions – squeezing your breasts to encourage milk to drain – may be helpful and keep a trickle of milk coming so your baby will stay on the breast. Another way to keep your baby on the breast is using a supplemental nursing system that feeds your baby from both the breast and a tube of milk at the same time.

If your baby is not willing or able to drain your breasts, pumping is the next best option. Pumping after or in-between feedings is a good idea if your baby is not feeding as often as you would like. A double electric pump is the most efficient way to express milk besides your baby himself.

Milk supply is often the issue that leads to early weaning. If this is why you stopped breastfeeding in the first place, work hard to not run into the same issue. Besides frequent and thorough feedings, spend as much time with your baby as possible and engage in lots of skin-to-skin contact. You may want to take lactation supplements known as galactagogues, such as fenugreek and blessed thistle, or drink a lactation tea.

Relactation usually takes around one month to achieve. Most moms who are able to relactate work with a professional lactation consultant to strategize the best methods for reestablishing milk supply and ensuring their babies are getting enough nourishment during the process.

Sources: LaLecheLeague, KellyMom, MotherLove and Belly Belly

 

Nipple Preference or Nipple Confusion

Babies were born to breastfeed. It is one of the few things full term babies know how to do the instant they are born. If you ever doubt this, watch videos of newborns who instinctively find their mother’s breasts and start suckling. It is nothing short of amazing. Nipple preference, sometimes called nipple confusion, may come into play if a baby shows more interest in a bottle or pacifier than nursing from the breast. Today we’re taking a look at nipple preference and how to avoid it.

Nipple preference usually occurs when a baby is unsuccessful at getting breast milk during nursing and instead is given a bottle where nourishment is readily available. Interestingly, it’s not that babies actually prefer a bottle nipple, but rather they are getting better results from it. Feeding directly from the breast is actually a baby’s first preference.

Nipple Preference or Nipple ConfusionThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not offering bottles – even of breast milk – for at least the first four weeks of a baby’s life. This helps solidify a breastfeeding routine by allowing mothers to establish a healthy milk supply and babies to feel confident in latching and in the comfort they get from breastfeeding. Introducing a bottle too early, whether it is because milk supply is low or out of convenience, can lead to nipple preference.

Milk supply takes time to develop. For the first few days after birth a mother produces colostrum, which is a thick paste-like substance that can sustain babies until their mother’s milk comes in. Although milk usually arrives within a few days of birth, it is not considered mature milk until three weeks after birth. Some moms experience low milk supply from the beginning, which may lead to bottle feedings earlier than four weeks. Other complications such as sore nipples and difficulty latching, or the emotional toll of having a new baby (including need for sleep and feeling frustrated that breastfeeding isn’t going smoothly), may also lead to early bottle feeding.

Bottle feedings can cause nipple preference when babies are having a hard time getting milk during breastfeeding and are better able to retrieve milk from bottles. However, bottle feedings can exacerbate breastfeeding problems because they interfere with the supply and demand process of milk supply and gets the baby out of the habit of feeding from the breast. Then breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding becomes a vicious cycle and can lead to early weaning.

Some people argue pacifiers can also cause nipple preference and should not be introduced until four weeks once breastfeeding is well-established. Like bottle nipples, pacifiers require a different mouth and tongue position than breastfeeding and may interfere with latch.

If you feel your baby is experiencing nipple preference work to increase your milk supply so your baby can get back to his instinctual desire to breastfeed. You can boost your milk supply by breastfeeding often (on-demand), emptying your breasts completely during feedings, not skipping a feeding by offering a bottle, eating a healthy lactation diet and pumping as necessary. Also ensure your baby has a proper latch so he can nurse effectively. If you run into breastfeeding problems, visit a lactation consultant right away to resolve them so you can stay on track.

Once your breastfeeding routine is well established occasional bottles and pacifier use is fine. If you are returning to work or need to be away from your baby regularly, gradually build up to more frequent breast milk bottle feedings. Be sure to pump whenever your baby has a bottle to keep your milk supply strong t avoid future nipple preference.

Sources: Ask Dr. Sears, BabyCenter and KellyMom

 

How Does Breastfeeding Work – Part 2

As you breastfeed your baby and ponder the meaning of life, you may also wonder to yourself “how does breastfeeding work?”  Truth be told, it is a complex and miraculous process of the female body.  As we discussed yesterday, lactation begins as a hormonal function.  Today we’ll discover that breastfeeding quickly becomes a labor of love based on supply and demand in part 2 of our series on how does breastfeeding work.

Once your milk supply is fully in, the name of the game is supply and demand.  The more the breast is stimulated and emptied, the more milk you will produce.  Here’s how it works:

how does breastfeeding workWhen your baby latches and starts stimulating your breast, two hormones are released: prolactin and oxytocin.  Both are essential for milk production.  Prolactin receives nutrients from your body via your blood to produce milk.  Oxytocin contracts the cells in the mammary glands to push milk out of the nipple and into your baby’s mouth.  This is known as the milk ejection reflex or let-down.

Mammary glands are made of channels where milk travels called milk ducts and alveoli, a group of tissues that secrete milk.  Inside the alveoli are cells that produce milk called lactocytes.  On lactocytes are prolactin receptors that have the ability to signal the production of breast milk.  To make milk, the hormone prolactin must meet its receptors to get the party started.  When milk fills the alveoli, the shape of the walls change and blocks the receptors so the signal cannot be given to make more milk. More receptor sites mean more potential milk production.  Researchers believe frequent breastfeeding in the first few weeks after childbirth can increase prolactin receptors.

Additionally, breast milk contains Feedback Inhibitor of Lactation or FIL that helps maintain milk supply.  When the breast is full of milk and therefore FIL, breast milk production slows.  Conversely, when the breast is drained and FIL is not present, production is stimulated again.

Both prolactin receptors and FIL work on a supply-and-demand basis.  Therefore, if you feel your milk supply is low, breastfeeding more often to drain your breast will cause your body to automatically refill it.  Women are often mistaken about breast size and milk supply.  Women of any size breasts can produce adequate milk for their babies.  Moms with smaller breasts may drain them faster but they will regenerate milk as long as breastfeeding continues.  Women with larger breasts may be able to store more milk at one time.

Breastfeeding is an amazing biological and emotional experience.  Now that you know how breastfeeding works, use this knowledge to your advantage for successful breastfeeding.

Did you know…

  • Let-downs can occur when you think about your baby, when you hear your baby or another baby cry, or when it is a normal feeding time.
  • You have multiple let-downs during every feeding although you may not feel them at all.
  • One study indicated that babies only drink about 75% of their mother’s milk in a day.
  • Breast milk production can continue indefinitely if breasts continue to be stimulated.
  • Substances enter breast milk through the bloodstream as it flows past the mammary glands.

Sources: Kellymom.com, LaLecheLeague and Sutter Health

 

How Does Breastfeeding Work – Part 1

How Does Breastfeeding Work Breastfeeding is a phenomenal journey unlike any other in your life.  Bonding with your baby and providing the best nutritional and emotional start to life is an amazing gift you can give your precious child.  Understanding the biology and mechanics of breastfeeding is not only fascinating, it can help you successfully breastfeed.  If you’ve ever thought “how does breastfeeding work” during a breastfeeding session, you’ve come to the right place.  We’re breaking it down for you here.

Early Breast Milk Production

Breast milk production starts as a function of the hormones you produce during pregnancy.  Your body begins producing breast milk as early as your second trimester.  While it is unlikely that you would be able to express it, the lactation process starts during pregnancy to ensure you are ready to feed your baby the good stuff when he arrives.  This early milk is called colostrum and that is what your baby will drink for the first few days after birth.  Colostrum develops through a specific cocktail of hormones that you are brewing during pregnancy.  However, progesterone, another hormone you have during pregnancy, prohibits it from being expressed.

Having a baby changes everything, they say. And this is true for the lactation process too.  When you give birth, your progesterone, estrogen and other hormone levels drop and prolactin levels increase which signals your body to release colostrum for your baby to enjoy.  Although it doesn’t seem like much, colostrum is usually a sufficient source of nutrients for most babies.  It is full of fat and protein that babies need to survive their first few days of life.

Cue the Breast Milk

Two to three days after giving birth, you will start to feel your breasts getting full.  This is when your milk “comes in” and mature breast milk production begins.  Again, this is a by-product of hormones.

When your baby latches, she creates a suction on your milk sinuses that causes milk to flow.  This is one reason why proper latch is so important.  Your baby cannot drink milk adequately without a good latch.  Latch may become more essential when your milk supply levels off a few weeks later and milk is not so abundantly available.  Babies without proper latch and a good suck may then struggle to get milk.

If you thought your breasts were getting large during pregnancy, you may be surprised that they can expand even further to accommodate breastfeeding.  Many new moms experience breast discomfort at this stage because their breasts feel very full and are sometimes engorged.  Feeding or pumping often can help relieve the pain and prevent plugged ducts.

Also, as you and your baby get the hang of breastfeeding and work on proper latch, your nipples may feel sore and tender.  Rubbing breast milk on your nipples and letting them air dry is the best way to heal and soothe sore nipples.  As both of you become more familiar with breastfeeding, the pain usually subsides.  If breastfeeding is extremely painful at any time or if sore nipples persist for more than a few weeks, seek help from a lactation consultant.

These two early stages of breastfeeding are hormonally driven.  They occur whether a baby breastfeeds or not.  It’s not until the next stage that breastfeeding takes on its true persona – a process of supply and demand.  We will dive into this aspect of breastfeeding tomorrow.

Did you Know….

  • The areola becomes dark and enlarged during pregnancy and breastfeeding to help your baby find your nipple.
  • There are 15 to 20 holes on the nipple that can express breast milk.
  • The areola is a self-cleaning device!  The bumps you may notice excrete oil that helps cleanse your breast to keep it free of bacteria and anything else that may cause infection.
  • You produce two types of mature milk: foremilk is thinner and higher in calories while hindmilk is thicker and has more fat.

Sources: Kellymom.com, LaLecheLeague and Sutter Health

What’s Busting your Breast Milk Production?

Mammals like us humans have the unique ability to nourish our babies through breast milk.  Nature tells us that most mammal mamas produce enough milk to feed their babies adequately.  But humans have been known to mess with nature from time-to-time, which may reduce breast milk production.  Today we’re looking at breast milk production busters so you can avoid low milk supply.

First of all, as a reminder, your supply may not be as low as you think.  Many moms have misconceptions about the state of their milk supplies.  Determining milk supply by the firmness of the breast, let-downs, how much you pump, not leaking, a baby who wants to nurse constantly or a baby who will take a bottle after breastfeeding are not sufficient indicators.  The best way to know if your baby is getting enough breast milk is if he is gaining weight appropriately, has consistent wet and dirty diapers and seems satisfied after most feedings.

If you do find that your breast milk production has slowed, it could be due to several factors:

What’s Busting your Breast Milk Production?

Breast milk production, like other hot commodities, is a game of supply-and-demand.  The more you breastfeed, the more breast milk your body will produce.  Conversely, the less you breastfeed, the less breast milk you will produce.  Therefore, anything that prevents you from breastfeeding your baby regularly and whenever your baby is hungry will reduce breast milk production.

The major impediment to supply-and-demand is supplementing.  Whether its formula or pumped milk, supplementing will train your breasts not to produce the amount of milk your baby needs at any given time.  If you continue supplementing, the cycle will perpetuate and your milk supply will continue to drop or not increase with your baby’s growing demand.

Breastfeeding on demand is the best way not to bust your milk supply.  This allows your baby to determine when he’s hungry and your body will adjust accordingly.  Also, let your baby breastfeed as long as he wants.  Offer both breasts with each feeding to establish good supply on each side.  Sleeping babies often don’t want to wake for feedings, especially newborns.  Some babies will “dream feed,” which is eating while sleeping, which will help ensure your baby eats every 2-3 hours during the day.  Otherwise you may have to employ some drill sergeant tactics to wake your baby for daytime feedings.

Being dehydrated, sick or taking certain medications can bust your breast milk production.  Breast milk has high water content so you’ll need to be hydrated to produce that fabulous milk.  But you don’t have to go overboard.  Drink a normal, healthy amount of water – 8 to 10 glasses a day – to quench your thirst.  Also, consult your doctor and pediatrician before starting new medications as they may interfere with milk supply. If you are sick, discuss alternatives to medications such as clearing sinuses with steam treatments or a netty pot rather than resorting to medication.

Some experts also believe that bottles and pacifiers may result in low milk supply because babies won’t be as efficient on the breast.  Breastfeeding is hard work for babies, whereas sucking on a bottle or a pacifier is relatively easy.  Inefficiently at the breast may reduce supply.  Depending on your situation and your baby, consider waiting to introduce bottles and pacifiers until your breast milk is well established.

Keep your supply healthy and avoid these breast milk production busters!

 

 

You Think your Milk Supply is Low? Maybe Not!

milk supply__1460040579_162.206.228.38It’s very common for breastfeeding moms to fear that their milk supply is low.  After all, there are not little indicator lines on the side of your baby’s stomach showing how much he’s eaten.  However, concern over low milk supply is often unfounded due to misconceptions.  Today we’re taking a look at how to tell if your baby is getting enough breast milk and which methods do NOT mean your milk supply is low.

How to tell if your baby is getting enough breast milk

Most babies can thrive on breast milk alone for the first six months of their lives.  That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding during that time.  However every baby is different, every mother is different and every breastfeeding experience is different.  Without reassurances mothers can feel anxious over milk supply and whether their babies are drinking enough.  If this is you, it is a completely normal fear!

One way you can determine whether your baby is feeding adequately is if he is having frequent bowel movements and clear urination.  You can easily stay informed about BMs and urination during diaper changes.  If you are concerned, keep a diaper log to count how many stools and wet diapers you get per day.

Another way to know that your baby is getting enough breast milk is if your baby is gaining weight consistently and appropriately.  You don’t have to wait until your pediatric appointments to weigh your baby.  Simply step on the scale with your baby and subtract your own weight to determine how much your baby weights. This will help reassure you that your baby is gaining a healthy amount of breast milk.

Additionally, listen for your baby’s swallow.  If he is latched properly, he should be sucking and swallowing consistently.  Also, babies are usually content after eating your amazing, tasty breast milk.

How NOT to determine your milk supply is low

Many factors about breastfeeding will evolve as your baby grows, which can be confusing for new moms, especially when it comes to milk supply. If you are breastfeeding regularly and your baby latches properly, your body will likely adapt to all of the changes your baby requires of your breast milk.  Don’t fall prey to these misconceptions about low milk supply:

  • Your breasts don’t feel full.  You may have felt engorged in the first month or two after giving birth but after awhile your body regulates milk supply based on your baby’s needs.  Therefore, your breasts may feel soft even when you have plenty of milk.
  • Your baby wants to nurse all the time.  When a baby hits a growth spurt, he’ll want and need to nurse more often.  Your body will sense this change and produce more milk to keep up.  Also, sometimes babies really like to suck and be close to their mothers.  It’s comforting and emotionally satisfying to them.  In this case, the only thing they are not getting enough of is you!
  • Your breasts aren’t leaking.  Leaky breasts have nothing to do with milk supply.  Be happy that you don’t leak and stay positive about your supply.
  • Your baby will take a bottle after a full breastfeeding session.  Again, some babies really like to suck, even if they aren’t hungry.  It’s better not to supplement after feedings because doing so could impede your milk production.
  • You don’t feel a let-down.  Some women never feel let-downs.  Some feel them several times during a feeding.  You are still producing milk even when you don’t have a let-down.
  • Your baby is fussy after eating.  Don’t confuse the need for a burp or baby fatigue as dissatisfaction over not getting enough milk.  Get to the bottom of the issue if your baby is fussy after eating.  Chances are it isn’t that your milk was lacking.
  • You pump and get nothing.  Your baby is much more efficient at your breast than a pump.  Plus, your baby stimulates your breast much better than a pump and therefore encourages your milk supply.

Before you have a meltdown about your low milk supply, make sure you are not using any of these misconceived methods as an assumption.  Instead, watch your baby and use him as a true gauge for the health of your milk supply.

Leaky Breasts: Why it happens and What to do about it

As a new breastfeeding mom you may look down and see milk spots on your shirt.  Leaky breasts are fairly common among moms of newborns.  It’s a sign that your body is enthusiastically producing breast milk…perhaps more than your baby even needs.

fun workouts with baby__1453481909_108.89.137.58Leaky breasts occur when your breasts are so full of milk that your body needs to express it even if your baby isn’t eating.  Leaky breasts often occur when you have a let-down and your baby is not nursing at that time.  Let downs often happen to new moms when they are thinking or talking about their babies, hear their baby or another baby cry or when it is time for a feeding and the baby isn’t nursing yet.  Leaky breasts also may spring during a warm shower, overnight or in the opposite breast when your baby is nursing on the other one.

While not ideal, leaky breasts are not a medical problem and don’t pose a threat to your baby.  Sometimes breasts that tend to leak may also squirt your baby, especially at the beginning of a feeding when they are very full.  Again, this is not an issue other than your baby may be displeased when he suddenly pulls off the breast and gets squirted by your nipple.

Leaky breasts can be embarrassing, however, especially if you are in public.  The best way to stop leaky breasts is to apply pressure on them.  You can discreetly do this by folding your arms across your chest and pushing down.  If you are sitting, you can place your elbows on the table and press your forearms into your breasts.  Of course if no one is around, gently cup your palms over your breasts and apply pressure.

leaky breasts_washable padsSome women choose to wear shirts with prints that will hide leaks.  But you can avoid leaking out of your bra with nursing pads.  If you have leaky breasts, wearing reusable washable nursing pads is a smart idea.  These cloth pads are soft and won’t irritate your skin like many disposable pads.  Fabric pads soak up moisture to avoid infections.  Plus, they are washable and better for the environment since they don’t create more waste.

You may want to breastfeed your baby more often at the beginning to help regulate your milk supply.  Usually leaky breasts end after 6 to 12 weeks when you and your baby are on a solid breastfeeding routine.  Your body will then recognize when it should express milk and when to close off the faucet until the next feeding.  Until then, if you cannot breastfeed or pump and you realize your breasts are extremely full, excuse yourself to the restroom and manually express a little milk from each breast to relieve the pressure and avoid a leak.

Lastly, keep in mind that breastfeeding is natural and leaky breasts sometimes come with the territory.  It may be embarrassing or inconvenient, but try to have a sense of humor about it.  Just like other aspects of motherhood, for better or for worse, leaky breasts are part of the experience.

Benefits of Coconut Oil

Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is becoming the new must-have for moms and babies! Due to its unique richness of fatty acids it’s proven to be one of the best superfoods. Just like breast milk, coconut oil contains lauric acid, a healthy saturated fat, and with that comes many positive health benefits including better brain function, weight loss, and protection against harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. People who eat a lot of coconut during their lives are considered to be some of the healthiest people on the planet!

Coconut oil has even better benefits for breastfeeding moms and their babies. Feeding your child coconut oil can help their bodies grow up healthy and strong. It can help get rid of lice, ease the pain and itching of bug bites, it’s great for controlling wild hair, particularly curly hair, and it’s perfect to put in the tub for calming bath time. Here are five different ways moms and their babies can benefit from using coconut oil on a daily basis:

For Moms

  1. Breastfeeding Moms: Coconut oil is the best solution for mom’s cracked or sore nipples from breastfeeding. It can be used as a lubricant during breast pumping, and as an anti-itch cream while your belly grows during pregnancy. You can also increase your milk supply by ingesting coconut oil a few times a day.
  2. Beauty: Coconut oil will be your new best friend! Not only can it get rid of your unwanted acne, it’s the perfect moisturizer for your hair and body, a great makeup remover, and it can also help with the appearance of wrinkles! Plus, you can use it as a substitute for regular shaving cream and make your legs feel extra soft and sexy.
  3. Skin: Coconut oil has deep moisturizing abilities so it’s great for eczema and psoriasis along with reducing the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite.
  4. Cooking: Not only can cooking with coconut oil give you amazing nutrients, but it also brings a delicious Mediterranean style. And because coconut oil is a natural energizer you will feel fuller longer and will always be ready to take on the day!
  5. Immune System: Consuming coconut oil helps your body numerously. It’s great for people with digestive problems, and it helps control bad bacteria to help women who struggle from yeast infections. Coconut oil also relieves heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, and it has anti-viral properties so it’s great for healing scrapes, bruises, and burns without contracting infections.

For Babies

  1. Pain Reliever: Teething can be a very painful process for your baby. Wipe some coconut oil on their gums to relieve the pain.
  2. Skin: Coconut oil is really great for cradle cap and strengthening your baby’s soft spot. It also will warm and turn into a liquid when rubbing it together with your hands so it’s perfect for infant massages, sunscreen, and works well with baby acne.
  3. Immune System: Coconut oil has anti-bacterial, anti-itch, and anti-inflammatory properties and can help with baby allergies, reducing fever, soothing chicken pox, constipation, and getting rid of Thrush.
  4. Diaper Changing: Coconut oil is great for soothing diaper rash and getting rid of stubborn meconium your baby might have during the first few days.
  5. Cooking: Feeding your baby coconut oil will broaden their tasting experience by trying new flavors. It’s also rich in lauric acid just like breast milk so it’s super healthy!

You will love the health benefits coconut oil will give you and your baby! If you’re concerned about allergies or your baby ingesting coconut oil, or other products, make sure to always speak with your doctor or lactation consultant before trying new foods. Also, before you go out and buy coconut oil make sure you are educated on what kind to purchase. Extra virgin coconut oil is all natural and contains no preservatives or harmful ingredients; therefore it’s the best one to buy!

 

 

 

Loving Moments’ Breastfeeding Must-Haves

You’re going to be a new mom and you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby. We love your decision, and we’re here to help! Here are a few items from our Loving Moment’s Nursing Collection we think will be essential for your breastfeeding wardrobe:

 

Loving Moments' Breastfeeding Must-Haves

Maternity to Nursing Sleep Bra

Style L316

Every mom needs a sleep/leisure bra. While you breastfeed your breasts will become engorged with your baby’s milk supply and sometimes this can create soreness and make you feel uncomfortable. Our Loving Moments Sleep Bra is perfect when you need to relax, while the cool, cotton fabric is soft against your sore breasts making you feel comfortable again. It’s also great because the cups and can be simply pulled aside for easy breastfeeding access. There is no fuss, and no matter if its day or night your hungry baby will be feed without any trouble!

 

Nursing Pads

Style L12

Nursing pads are always something you should have while you breastfeed. Because your breasts are producing milk you will sometimes have the occasional leaking. While you are at work or on the go nursing pads will ensure you do not leak throw your clothing and keep you comfortable and dry. Our Loving Moments Washable Nursing Pads are great because you wash them and reuse them more than a couple times. They are also made from extra soft cotton and are designed to conform to every breast size while fitting perfecting in every bra. Nursing pads will help protect your clothing, but make sure to avoid wearing wet pads for an extended amount of time, and when you wash them never used a liquid fabric softener because they will absorb it and may irritate your skin!

 

Great Nursing Tank

Style L317

Nursing Cami’s are great for when you’re ready to get out of the house and you have nothing to wear because your pre-baby clothing doesn’t exactly fit you quiet the same yet. They are also helpful for breastfeeding because they have nursing clasps that can easily be unhooked and hooked for access. Our Loving Moments Nursing Cami is soft and sweet and essential for all breastfeeding moms. With both convenient breastfeeding necessities our cami is cute and stylish and has a delicate lace neckline to add a bit of flare. It can be worn just like any other tank under your favorite sweaters, tunics, and alone during the warmer months. The empire waistline gives you the appropriate feminine look that is flattering and modest, but it’s also loose fitting and can hide your after-baby belly.

 

Active Nursing Bra

L388

While you might wait awhile to be active again you should still have your basic active, t-shirt bra for your busy new mom schedule. Every mom needs their basic every day bra they can just slip on and off and that looks great under a simple t-shirt. Our Loving Moments Active Wirefree Nursing Bra is just what you’re looking for. It’s simple, soft, made out of a breathable, cotton blend, and it’s perfect for low impact activities when you’re trying to get back to your pre-baby shape.

 

Nursing Cover

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Loving Moments' Breastfeeding Must-Haves

For public breastfeeding it’s essential to have a nursing cover to help you feel modest and unexposed. Being a new mom, breastfeeding in public may be something you are a little uneasy about. Don’t be! Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural thing every women should experience with their baby. While you’re running around, going out to dinner with family, or lounging around at the park you will feel comfortable knowing you have a nursing cover that will hide your nerves. Our Loving Moments Nursing Cover provides discreet, on-the-go privacy during breastfeeding and pumping. It’s breathable and light weight, but it will also keep you and your little one warm during the colder months. Our Nursing Cover comes in a bunch of cute and stylish prints, and it can even be worn as a fashion scarf too!

 

 

Checkout and download our free Leading Lady Breastfeeding Handbook to learn more about breastfeeding, nursing bras, and more! http://www.leadinglady.com/pdf/Brstfdbook_web.pdf