As a new mom, one thing I found myself feeling stressed about often was breast milk supply. I was constantly looking for ways to increase breast milk production. There is a lot of pressure on new moms when it comes to breastfeeding choices. From “Fed is best” campaigns and “Is she breastfeeding?” as a question that comes up more times than you can count in the first few months, a lot of moms carry heavy feelings around breastfeeding and their breast milk supply.
Wondering about the safety of drinking while breastfeeding? Learn more from my post on the Zulily Blog here.
At Postpartum Together, we believe there is no perfect way to feed a baby. We encourage you to find the way that works for you and we support your choices to honor yourself and your baby. If you find that using breast milk is what works best for you and your family, these tips are for you. If you decide that breastfeeding is taking a mental and emotional toll on you, we encourage you to evaluate other ways of feeding (Formula is not a bad word!) …
After giving up alcohol through your pregnancy, you may wonder when it is safe to enjoy a drink again. If you are breastfeeding, there are additional factors to consider. It is important to know how alcohol can get into your breast milk and how long you should wait between drinks and feedings to be safe.
Studies and opinions on alcohol after birth and while breastfeeding are varied. An American Academy of Pediatrics study indicates that breastfeeding while lactating may cause cognitive impairments when the child is around the age of 6. Another study indicates that alcohol consumption can inhibit lactation. In some European countries, dark malt or stout beers were traditionally recommended to new moms for milk production. …
Maybe it was feeling morning sickness or perhaps you missed your period. Maybe you just felt different and thought to take a pregnancy test. No matter how you learned you were pregnant, the realization makes you think about all the things to do in the first trimester. Let’s not forget, all the things to avoid during the first trimester.
I’m not going to give you a lecture or 20-point to do list, but let’s talk about how you can start taking care of yourself and that growing baby in the first trimester weeks.
To learn more about the first trimester timeline and baby’s development, check out my post on the Zulily Blog about Baby Development During the First Trimester. …
Having a baby can create changes in friendships. When you are parenting a newborn, you need different kinds of friends to support you. Making and keeping mom friends almost feels like dating. Below we discuss the ways friendships change after a baby and making friends as a new mom.
Watch the video and read the transcript below!
Looking for a place where other moms GET YOU? Check out the group offerings we have coming up and find the group that best fits your needs- automatic mom friends!
In the taboo ABCs of postpartum, F is for friendship. …
Originally posted on Postpartum Together
As Leah Ryder indicates in this Trello piece (https://medium.com/@trello/the-invisible-work-that-needs-talking-about-the-mental-load-cc6432b3159b) , there is a mental load that goes unnoticed for mothers. Ryder goes into more specifics about the workplace and teams. This piece is to discuss how the invisible load is impacting mothers specifically during the Holidays
As a mom, you want to enjoy the holidays. You also want everyone else to enjoy the holidays and you feel responsible for making that happen.
You do most of the planning.
You find the perfect gifts for your children.
You decorate the house for added joy.
You outline the menu and coordinate the gatherings. …
Whether it’s the first diaper change or the 100th, you want to know what the color, consistency and smell of your infant’s poop means. As a parent, you will talk about poop more than you ever thought possible. Normal baby poop comes in different colors, sizes, frequencies and smells.
Baby’s first poop will come out like tar. You will notice it is thick and sticky. This is called meconium. Meconium is the baby’s first bowel movement and the passing of what was ingested in the womb. Meconium is made up of mucus, amniotic fluid, tissue and lanugo (the body hair a baby sheds while in utero). This newborn poop will last for the first couple of days of your baby’s life. …
Libido, Lube and Sexual Frustration After Giving Birth
L is for lube and libido, you guys, I couldn’t separate the two, we had to go into them both.
Lube and libido, both things that have a huge impact on our sex and intimacy after baby, and we’re going to break down, what happens to our libido after we have a baby, what kind of lube might be right for you, and how we can kind of get into this sexual intimacy space again, without feeling like shit.
And without just trying to get it done.
Because believe me,I know that some of us have had these experiences where we’re just trying to get it over with. And actually, I want your intimacy to be fulfilling and exciting and good for you, even as a new mom. …
When you are expecting or thinking about conceiving, you may wonder what happens through each of the pregnancy trimesters. As the stages of pregnancy progress, so do the changes within the mom and baby.
While no two pregnancies are the same, there are things that usually happen through the weeks.
There are three trimesters in pregnancy. Pregnancy is an average of 40 weeks, so the pregnancy trimester weeks are each between 13 and 14 weeks.
Your estimated due date is calculated based on your last period so to find it, add 40 weeks to the date of your last period. From there, you can calculate when you will be in each of the stages of pregnancy. …