mama story: life as an exclusive pumper with oversupply
mama story: my baby couldn't drink my milk, but I kept pumping anyways
I come from a town with more pigs than people and with a single stop light in town. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed; I longed for the bond I read about online.
Nobody in my family breastfed their babes, so in addition to being a first time mom, I couldn’t rely on my family for advice and had to figure many things out by trial and error.
mama story: instead of goal-setting for the future, I'm going to cherish breastfeeding right now
The plan was to pump a huge stash so I could stop nursing at 9 months and my baby could continue to receive my breast milk through a bottle until she was a year. Well it didn't quite work out like that: I found out around 3 months that she had a milk protein allergy.
I had to remove all dairy from my diet and I donated all the milk I pumped previously to a local mom with a foster baby.
mama story: I'm so grateful for all of the breastfeeding education and support
Upon finding out I was pregnant, breastfeeding was something I was sure I wanted to do.
Immediately after my son, Tanner, made his way into the world, he exhibited the “newborn crawl” and immediately latched. I was pretty certain he was on board with the plan, which was a huge relief since so much else, birth-wise, went far from expected.
mama story: I am taking this breastfeeding journey day by day
I’ve always known I wanted to be a mom and I’ve pretty much always wanted to be able to breastfeed my babies.
I never really thought there would be much to it until I got pregnant and started paying attention to other new and nursing moms and reading what to expect pregnancy books. I think many of us think breastfeeding will come naturally until it doesn’t.
mama story: I wish I'd asked for help much sooner
I went into labor at 31 weeks and was on light activity until my water broke at 36 weeks and I had him in 3 hours. During delivery the doctor was not able to get my placenta out. After an hour of pushing on my stomach he had to reach up and pull it out causing severe bleeding.
I became anemic from all the blood loss; I lost over 1,000 cc's of blood and needed a transfusion.
mama story: overcoming hurdle after hurdle to nurse my little girl
I was able to start breastfeeding immediately after birth. I had a little trouble with getting him to latch at first, but the L&D nurses helped us out, and we had no other issues the rest of our day and a half in the hospital.
Within the first day or two at home, I noticed some pain in my nipples and some cracks developing.
mama story: when breastfeeding is f*cking painful
There are an almost-insurmountable number of decisions for first-time parents. White noise machine? Wipe warmer? Sleep sack? Bassinet? In the midst of all of these decisions, one thing I was certain of was my plan to try to breastfeed. Unfortunately, all of my book-reading, class-attending, and video-watching could not prepare me for the many (MANY!) hurdles in those early days of breastfeeding.
mama story: how we went from nursing every 2 hours to sleeping through the night
Before I had our firstborn I told my husband, "I don't want to be stressed about feeding him. I want to try to breastfeed, but if it doesn't work I want us both to be on the same page and be happy that our child is fed. It seems like a lot of moms really stress out a lot about feeding, and it just doesn't seem worth it. Fed is best, right?" My husband nodded in approval.
mama story: nursing my baby from the NICU to thriving is my biggest accomplishment in life
I was around 30 weeks pregnant with my child (first + only), when my doctor asked me if I was planning on breastfeeding.
I remember not knowing how to answer.
mama story: we are stronger than we can imagine
Gracie decided to surprise my husband and me on Mother’s Day, 7 weeks before her due date.
We were admitted into the NICU and I was cautioned by my doctor that there was a chance that pumping and breastfeeding would be a major challenge for us.
mama story: pumping was my lifeline to my baby in the NICU
Prior to having Finley, I thought to myself that breastfeeding was going to be a breeze. It’s natural; what could be so hard? I had no idea that Finley and my breastfeeding journey would go the way it did.
I hope that by me sharing our story that I can give hope to another mother to continue one more day.
mama story: what I learned from nursing four babies in eight years
At my 20 week ultrasound appointment all I could think about was the excitement of seeing my healthy baby and learning the gender. I never considered that we'd get a diagnosis for a defect.
Defect. That word was an instant dagger into my perfectionist, "type A" heart. I'd already failed my baby.
breastfeeding is community
I had our first child, Lila, when I was 21 years young.
Nothing prepared me for the first weeks, the swelling, the pain, the cracked nipples and leaking boobs.
mama story: the road to induced lactation + co-breastfeeding
“There’s a whole lot of boob talk on that bus.”
There sure is, and I’m very proud of it.
What matters is that people are talking. They are talking about breastfeeding.
a tradition of herbal support for mothers
We were recently introduced to Glenis Liz-Decuir, a Mama who has previously given birth to and breastfed two children, and is now planning to co-nurse with her wife, who is carrying their third child.
our breast friend: the dairy fairy
*We’ve partnered with Traditional Medicinals to shed some light on herbs and their beneficial properties for breastfeeding.
To learn more about how herbs can support lactation we spoke with herbalist, innovator, and mama Zoe Kissam of Traditional Medicinals.
pumpspotting: Traditional Medicinals has a product that we at pumpspotting are wild about: Mother’s Milk Tea. Can you tell me what makes this tea so helpful for nursing mamas?
our breast friend: the little milk bar
My inspiration to make beautiful pumping + nursing friendly bras was my daughter Arden.
I realized there was a major void in functional and beautiful undergarments for pumping moms, I made it my mission to create them.
Tammy Duckworth: giving birth shouldn’t force me to give up my Senate vote on key bills
As a new breastfeeding mom 6 years ago I remember feeling stressed out, anxious and scared to breastfeeding in public.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) learned before she welcomed her daughter that the Senate wasn’t built for new mothers — or, for that matter, anyone else who can’t appear in the Senate chamber.
So she wants to change the rules.