#Breastfeeding, #Babies, and #Blizzards – Oh, my!

The first snow of the season is upon us here in Connecticut and there are a few things you can do this winter to stay safe, including feeding baby in an emergency and safe car seat travel. Continue reading

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The Evolution of Becoming Mom: Diedre + Ezra’s Story

I first met Diedre at Yale-New Haven’s B.A.B.Y. Program. Our sons were born mere hours apart down the street from each other (she delivered at the St. Raphael’s Campus).

Diedre stuck out to me in those early days because was so warm, caring and honest. As new moms, we had a lot of questions, and she seemed unafraid to be honest in sharing her experiences and trials. Like me, Diedre struggled in the beginning to get nursing off on the right foot, but she was so willing to listen to other moms and offer sympathetic words of encouragement or a similar anecdote. I loved her honesty. Here is a little bit about Diedre:

Connecticut mom Diedre Murch set out to breastfeed her son from the beginning. What she didn’t expect was how hard it would be to get started and how different it would be from what she imagined. Continue reading

Plugged ducts: what you can be doing today to prevent them tomorrow

My friend gave birth to her second child three weeks ago. Breastfeeding has been going well for her, except for a bit of an over supply, for which she is working with a lactation consultant to correct. We made plans to meet at B.A.B.Y. Group yesterday. A few hours before, she texted me to let me know she had mastitis and wasn’t sure she would be able to make it.

This painful experience is very common in the first couple weeks of breastfeeding because the body is just figuring out how to regulate itself. Continue reading

Breastfeeding 101: Breastfeeding is not sexual

Women should be comfortable to breastfeed their babies anywhere they want to be. Period. This means that people should be polite. Read: not creepy!

On Oct. 27, Jamie Gustafson caught an employee of a restaurant taking pictures of her breastfeeding her two-month-old son while she was in Jason’s Deli in San Antonio, Texas. It is not clear why the employee took the pictures, but she did not give him permission to do so. Continue reading