Lately, it seems like postpartum nurses are handing out nipple shields like candy. Many, many new mothers are told they have flat nipples and need to use a nipple shield as a bridge to facilitate a proper latch. And this may be true! But many times, the shields are distributed without enough additional information . . . → Read More: Do I Really Need a Nipple Shield?
When I was pregnant with my first son, I read everything. I really, actually think I read everything that was ever written about pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Somewhere along the way, I missed the memo that breastfeeding sometimes takes practice. I mean, of course it does. Before you have your first baby, you have never . . . → Read More: Remember: Breastfeeding Takes Practice
This post is part of a series featuring men who support breastfeeding in Allegheny County. Bob, our first interviewee, is an IBCLC at West Penn Hospital’s Lactation Center. He is the only male nurse lactation consultant in Pittsburgh and believes he is one of only two males in this field in the state.
KRL: . . . → Read More: Interview with Robert Monteverde: Pittsburgh’s Male IBCLC
The very first time I hooked up my breast pump to pump for my first son, a relative looked at my half-ounce bounty and said, “That’s not very much. Are you sure you have enough milk??”
This is just one example of a booby-trap that can derail the nursing experience for breastfeeding mothers, particularly . . . → Read More: Pumping Experiences: What I Did Differently the Second Time