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Pregnancy Fatigue Part 2: Ways to Overcome Pregnancy Fatigue

Being exhausted all day during pregnancy can really put a downer on the excitement of welcoming a new baby. Yesterday we talked about causes of pregnancy fatigue and today we’re exploring ways to overcome pregnancy fatigue. Give one or more of these a try if you find yourself dragging at any point during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Fatigue Part 2: Ways to Overcome Pregnancy Fatigue

Find More Opportunities for Sleep

This seems obvious but prioritizing sleep will help you get in some extra zzz’s and hopefully curb your pregnancy fatigue. Carving out more sleep time includes going to bed earlier, letting yourself sleep in when it’s feasible for your schedule and taking naps when you get the chance. Perhaps not all of these options are viable during your work week or while taking care of other kids, but try to squeeze in more sleep time on weekends.

Eat Right

A wholesome, balanced pregnancy diet is essential to keeping your energy up and helping your baby grow and develop properly. Lots of protein, complex carbohydrates through whole grains, and fresh produce are in order. Also, eat small meals frequently. Heavy meals can slow you down but lighter meals more often will stabilize your blood sugar levels. Also, avoid excessive sugar or caffeine as these can be unhealthy for you and your baby and cause a crash a few hours later.

Do Less

Pregnancy fatigue is a great reason to be a slacker! If your schedule is jam packed with activities, consider taking a breather and sitting some out. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can be exhausting. Ask for help if you can’t get everything done in your household or elsewhere. And keep things in perspective – beds don’t have to be made every morning and laundry can be folded another day. Rest when you need it so your body can focus on making a precious and healthy baby.

Get Moving

Although the mere thought of exercise may make you tired, moving can actually give you more energy. Prenatal yoga, walking, swimming or other moderate exercise are all terrific for your entire body during pregnancy. You’ll get your blood pumping and feel revved during the day and probably be more tired for a better night’s rest. Plus, endorphins that you release during exercise offer a natural high.

Mind the Weather

If you’re pregnant in summer or winter, the weather may make pregnancy fatigue worse. Extreme hot or cold temperatures make your body do extra work to keep you cool or warm. Just that balance alone can throw you off kilter and make you tired. During these weather conditions, stay indoors as much as possible.

If you still find yourself exhausted even after trying these solutions to overcome pregnancy fatigue, consult your physician. Pregnancy fatigue may be a sign of anemia and other prenatal conditions.

Sources: American Pregnancy and What to Expect

Pregnancy Fatigue Part 1: What Causes Pregnancy Fatigue?

Pregnancy Fatigue Part 1: What Causes Pregnancy Fatigue?Creating a new life inside your own body can be exhausting work! Pregnancy fatigue is a common symptom many moms-to-be experience, especially in the first and third trimesters. Today we’re talking about what causes pregnancy fatigue and tomorrow we’re offering solutions to overcome it.

First Trimester: Pregnancy Fatigue Begins

During the first trimester, one of the major hurdles for your body is making the placenta, which will nourish and protect your baby throughout gestation. In addition, your baby begins as merely a few cells but within weeks of being pregnant she is already forming life-sustaining organs.  The combination of your baby’s growth and supporting development of the placenta takes a lot of energy. In fact, it can be downright exhausting for many expectant moms.

Additionally, as you’ve probably recognized from other symptoms, hormones are increasing rapidly to turn your body into a cozy environment for your baby. This change alone can cause pregnancy fatigue, thanks to the hormone progesterone. But these hormonal shifts are also ramping up your metabolism to prepare your body for the 9+ months ahead. Ironically, hormones also lower your blood sugar levels and blood pressure, which contribute to further pregnancy fatigue. And as if all of that weren’t enough tiresome work for your body, you’re also producing and pumping up to 50% more blood than usual. No wonder you want to curl up in bed all day long!

Second Trimester: Rejuvenation

Moms-to-be often find some relief of many pregnancy symptoms, including pregnancy fatigue, in their second trimester. Hormones level off which allows your body to find balance again. Many moms experience newfound energy during the second trimester and can therefore enjoy the excitement of welcoming a new baby into the family. This is a great time to start preparing for your baby while you feel motivated and before third trimester pregnancy fatigue sets in. Unfortunately some expectant moms never get the relief of rejuvenation during pregnancy and find themselves exhausted all the time, however usually there is at least a minor reprieve in the second trimester.

Third Trimester: Pregnancy Fatigue Returns

As you near the end of your pregnancy, fatigue may creep its way back into your life. Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds inside the womb, which is a heavy load to bear physically. You may be achy, itchy and sore in ways you’ve never experienced before as your skin stretches and your belly expands. The weight of your belly may make your back, sides and legs ache, and you may have trouble with balance. Sleep is harder to come by when you’re feeling these pains and can’t get into a comfortable sleep position. Plus waking several times a night to urinate may contribute to pregnancy fatigue.

Additional Causes of Pregnancy Fatigue

Throughout your pregnancy, your emotions may be a stressor that adds to your pregnancy fatigue. The hardship of pregnancy, the fear of parenthood, anxiety over getting everything accomplished before your baby arrives, and financial concerns may be stressful for you. If any health complications arise for you and your baby, it may be especially troubling and worrisome. Hormones can exacerbate emotional reactions to stressors at any point in pregnancy, making coping more difficult.

If pregnancy fatigue plagues you, stick around for our blog tomorrow about ways to overcome pregnancy fatigue.

Sources: American Pregnancy and What to Expect

Nursing Positions – Dangle Feeding

There are many nursing positions to breastfeed your baby and testing out a few to see what’s most comfortable for you is a good idea. You may opt for traditional positions such as cross cradle or football hold, while some moms get wild and breastfeeding upside down and in all sorts of other interesting positions. Dangle feeding may not be on your list of classic nursing positions but it can be helpful to many moms and babies.  Here’s the scoop on dangle feeding:

Nursing Positions – Dangle Feeding

What is Dangle Feeding?

The nursing position called dangle feeding is much like the name suggests.  A mother props herself and dangles her breast above her baby, then drops her nipple into baby’s mouth. This can be done with baby in the mother’s lap or lying on a bed or the floor.

With dangle feeding, it’s important to ensure your baby still has proper latch for an effective breastfeeding session. It may take a little getting used to since the nipple is entering the mouth at a different angle. But once you and your baby get the hang of it, it may be your new favorite breastfeeding position.

Why Dangle Feeding?

Dangle feeding adds the force of gravity to your breastfeeding session. This makes suckling the milk from your breast easier. Many moms choose dangle feeding because it can help relieve a clogged duct. (More on that in a minute.) Also, if you are experiencing low milk supply, your baby has a tongue tie or lip tie, or you have slow let downs, leaning on gravity can be to your advantage.

Dangle Feeding and Clogged Ducts

A clogged duct occurs when milk dries within a duct and blocks the free passage of milk. It often occurs when mothers are engorged or full of too much milk, which is caused when milk isn’t drained properly and completely. Plugged ducts can lead to a breast infection known as mastitis.

Using dangle feeding is a terrific way to help dislodge a clogged duct as gravity and your baby can work together to work out the problem. Also warm compresses, massaging and wearing well-fit nursing bras can assist in relieving plugged ducts.

Breastfeeding is the best way to resolve a plugged duct. In addition to dangle feeding, alternate nursing positions to get milk flowing from many different directions. It is often hard to pinpoint exactly where a clogged duct is but your baby can help suckle to clear up the issue.

There is no wrong way to breastfeed as long as your baby is satisfied and neither of you are in pain or harmed. So go ahead, try dangle feeding during your next breastfeeding session!

Sources: KellyMom and Breastfeeding-Problems

Relatable Moments for Breastfeeding Moms

Relatable Moments for Breastfeeding MomsThere is so much that happens to your body during pregnancy and postpartum. In fact, there are gobs of books, websites, articles and social media posts dedicated to the miraculous and sometimes ridiculous things that happen to women who are expecting, birthing and lactating. Today we’re sharing the lighter side of breastfeeding with relatable moments for breastfeeding moms.

The Milk Squirt: It has surely happened to moms for centuries. You are mid let-down and your baby pulls off the breast. The milk, however, didn’t get the memo so it squirts in every direction including your eye, your baby’s face and your hubby who’s halfway across the room. After the initial shock wears off, everyone laughs and tells the story for years to come.

Atten Hut: You feel like your nipples have joined the military and stand at attention day and night, ready to defend, ready to feed.

What is Modesty?: Once upon a time your breasts were very private. Now, when your baby says it’s time to eat, your breasts are an open buffet. Friends and family members will be no strangers to your breasts. And you become very comfortable with just about anyone touching your breasts if it means they are helping you and your baby get better at breastfeeding.

Spit Happens: You’ve just taken a shower – the first one you’ve had in days. You smell good, you look good and it’s time to breastfeed. You are proud that your baby is eating nicely, more than usual in fact. Then, as you’re burping as you always do, your baby spews more spit-up than you’ve ever seen in your life. You can’t imagine that your baby even drank the amount of milk you see puddled on the floor, in your shoes and dripping down your clothes. How is that even possible?

Doorbell Feeding: You asked the repair guy to come before 1 p.m. when you know your baby will want to eat. But he’s not there by 1:05 p.m. so you start your feeding. At 1:07 p.m. the guy shows up and your baby is happily nursing. You know if you stop the feeding your baby will go ballistic. So you scoop up your baby still wearing your nursing pillow and answer the door. That’ll teach the repair guy to be on time!

Check Out My Stash: When friends come over to see your baby, you also show your stash of frozen milk. It’s your newest prized possession, besides your baby of course.

Who Turned on the Faucet?:  You desperately need to go to the grocery store because your pantry is down to cracker crumbs and your emergency can of soup. Daddy stays home with baby so you can run to the store. Of course your luxurious hour away to do the grocery shopping is met with everyone else’s baby crying in the store. And then suddenly you look down and you shirt is soaked with breast milk. So you push your card with your belly while keeping your hands folded across your chest.

What Not to Wear: Your wardrobe is all about functionality. Your first and foremost consideration is, “how long will it take me to get my breast out of this shirt.” If it has clasps (thank you nursing tanks!), buttons, zippers or wraps around your chest, it is acceptable. All other wardrobe options are dead to you.

Cry Over Spilt Milk: It always happens in slow motion and you literally cry about it for half an hour. Then you call everyone you know to tell them of your tragedy.

Babe or Baby’s Mom: Breastfeeding may be the first time in your life that you’ve had ample bosom. Your friends comment on your new curves and you can’t help but notice a few extra glances from men too. Take the compliment while you’ve got ‘em!

The Mommy Dream Feed: Your baby is up for the fourth feeding of the night and all you want to do is sleep. You close your eyes, just for a second, just to get one wink of satisfying sleep. Fifteen minutes later you are awakened because your baby is ready for the other breast. Wow, that was a great power nap at 3 a.m.!

Can I Borrow your Baby?: Your breast pump is broken or you left it at home and you’re in desperate need of relief. You wonder if someone will let you borrow their baby to feed.

Can you relate?

Breastfeeding When You are Sick

In the winter months when colds, coughs, sore throats and the flu are prevalent, moms often wonder about breastfeeding when you are sick. Is it safe for your baby? Will your baby automatically get what you have? What if you’re taking medication? We’re answering all of these questions today as we discuss breastfeeding when you are sick.

Is breastfeeding when you are sick safe for your baby?

It is almost always safe to breastfeed when you are sick. If you have a common seasonal illness like the flu, a cold or strep throat, breastfeeding can continue without harming your baby. In these cases you are not passing on the cause of your sickness through breast milk. Chances are you were contagious even before you showed symptoms so even avoiding close proximity wouldn’t do much good once you know you are sick. In developing countries it is only rare diseases that are transferred through bodily fluids like breast milk.

Breastfeeding when you are SickHow can breastfeeding prevent your baby from getting sick?

When you are sick your body is working hard to fight off whatever is ailing you. You produce antibodies as a counterattack. As you breastfeed you are giving your baby the exact antibodies necessary to defend him against the illness you have. So even if your baby does get a touch of what you have, his body will be in great position to get rid of it quickly. Often babies don’t get illnesses as bad as their mothers for this reason.

Additionally, if your baby does get sick, breastfeeding will provide excellent nutrition to “nurse” him back to health. And of course you can’t forget the value of your comfort when helping your baby feel better.

Is it safe to take medication when you are breastfeeding?

Most medications aimed at resolving common illnesses are safe during breastfeeding or a similar breastfeeding-friendly alternative is available. Talk to your pediatrician before taking any over-the-counter medications to ensure they are safe for your baby. If you need a prescription drug such as antibiotics, remind your doctor that you need a medication compatible with breastfeeding.

What are some side effects of medications for your baby?

Only a small amount of your medication is transferred to your baby during breastfeeding so side-effects are usually minimal. Some medications may cause digestive irritation or a rash on your baby.  If you notice a severe reaction in your baby, discontinue use of the medication and call your pediatrician immediately.

How do medications affect your milk supply?

Certain types of medications such as antihistamines can decrease your milk supply. Their purpose is to dry up your congestion but they can suck the moisture out of other areas of your body too. If you must take a drug that is known to decrease milk supply, increase your water intake significantly and nurse more often to try to combat this breastfeeding problem.

What else can you do to prevent your baby from getting sick?

Use traditional methods to avoid spreading germs including: washing hands often, wiping down toys, don’t share food or utensils, cough or sneeze into a sleeve or tissue, and try not to breathe too much in your baby’s face.

Breastfeeding when you are sick can be challenging, especially if you feel weak, nauseous, are in pain or have trouble breathing. However, your baby’s best defense against getting sick is your amazing breast milk. Do your best to push through your sickness to keep your baby healthy and strong.

Sources: KellyMom and BabyCenter

Transitioning to a Sippy Cup: Part 2

Transitioning to a Sippy Cup: Part 2Navigating your baby’s diet began at birth when you made the best choice to breastfeed. Now she’s moving up in the world and trying new foods and is ready to drink from a sippy cup. Earlier this week we talked about the timeline for transitioning to a sippy cup as well as different types of sippy cups.  Today we’re sharing tips and tricks to help with transitioning to a sippy cup.

Tip #1: Experiment with different types of cups

As we discussed earlier this week, sippy cups come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Start with one that has a soft mouthpiece that will be pliable for your baby to explore in her mouth. If she loves the bottle nipple, a soft sippy cup mouthpiece will be more familiar. Buy a few styles to see what works best for your baby.

Tip #2: Test out different types of liquids

Your baby will be more enthusiastic about transitioning to a sippy cup if she likes what’s being served in it. Some babies prefer sipping on water while others want the comfort of the breast milk they were used to drinking from the bottle.

Tip #3: Allow “playtime” with a sippy cup

Just like figuring out a new toy or puzzle, your baby needs space to play with her sippy cup to learn how to use it. This may mean she tosses it about or even throws it. Allow her playtime to navigate the sippy cup in her own way.

Tip #4: Show your baby how to drink from a sippy cup

Demonstrate how to use a sippy cup by drinking from one yourself. Talk your baby through the steps as well. “Mommy is picking up the sippy cup and bringing it to my mouth. Now I’m going to suck on it. Yum, this water tastes good!” Your baby learns so much from your example.

Tip #5: Wet your baby’s appetite

Help your baby understand what’s in the cup by dabbing a drop on the outside for her to taste. Once she realizes it’s breast milk or whatever else you’re serving, she may be more inclined to try harder to get to the liquid.

Tip #6: Remove the valve

Some cups have a valve that prevents their contents from spilling out when tipped but this feature also makes sucking out liquids harder. Remove the valve while you’re training your baby to use a sippy cup and then replace it once she has the hang of it.

Tip #7: Slowly phase out the bottle

For babies who have a difficult time dropping their bottle habit, try a slow phase out. You can serve some drinks from the bottle and some from the sippy cup until you completely eliminate the bottle. Or you can give the first half of a drink in a bottle so your baby is in the sucking mode and ready for more. Then follow with the second half in a sippy cup.

Tip #8: Give it time but be consistent

Offer a sippy cup at every meal so your baby knows this is now a regular part of her eating routine. If she’s resistant, don’t force her to drink from the cup but ask her several times per meal if she wants it. Over time your baby will learn how to use the cup and will enjoy the independence it offers her.

Tip #9: Don’t let your baby over-drink

For babies who take to sippy cups right away, don’t let your baby drink more than you intend. In this case, fill the cup with only what you want your baby to have. Otherwise your baby may get full on liquid and refuse to eat solid meals.

Tip #10: Make sure your baby gets nutrition elsewhere

On the flip side, if your baby is slow to transition to a sippy cup, do make sure you’re breastfeeding and offering enough solid foods to satiate your baby. Transitioning to a sippy cup should not be at the expense of good nutrition. Sometimes babies begin to drink less breast milk around the time a sippy cup is introduced because they are eating more solid foods. But breastfeeding and providing breast milk in a sippy cup should continue as long as you and your baby desire.

Sources: Parents, BabyCenter and Wholesome Baby Food

Transitioning to a Sippy Cup: Part 1

Whether your baby is exclusively breastfed or given pumped breast milk in bottles, she will probably be transitioning to a sippy cup at some point by her first birthday. Some babies have an easy time grasping the concept of a new cup while others have a rough go at the beginning. This week we’re helping you navigate transitioning to a sippy cup.

The Timeline for Transitioning to a Sippy Cup

Your baby is growing up and it may be time for transitioning to a sippy cup. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing a sippy cup between six and nine months of age. Regardless of whether they were breast or bottle fed, babies of this age are ready to learn how to manipulate a sippy cup. Also, this timing gives your baby the Transitioning to a Sippy Cup: Part 1learning curve necessary to wean from a bottle altogether by 12 months. The American Dental Association supports this timeline because continuing to drink from a bottle beyond the first year contributes to plaque and potential cavities. When babies and toddlers drink from bottles, the liquid collects around their teeth and may cause decay.

It’s important to note, however, that transitioning to a sippy cup does not mean you need to wean from breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can continue as long as it is mutually agreeable to you and your baby. Serving other beverages or even pumped breast milk from a sippy cup is not mutually exclusive to breastfeeding. In fact, the comfort and familiarity of breastfeeding may help with babies who have a difficult time learning to use a sippy cup.

Types of Sippy Cups

Beyond the dental reasons for transitioning to a sippy cup, parents find sippy cups easy for their babies and toddlers to handle and most are less likely to spill and create messes. There are many types of sippy cups and you may find it helpful to experiment with different styles to determine which one is easiest for your baby. After she masters one type of sippy cup, you can move on to another.

Mouthpiece: The mouthpiece of the sippy cup is probably what will make the most impact on your baby’s ability to drink from it. It’s a good idea to start with a soft tip as your baby is learning to use a sippy cup and then later introduce a harder plastic tip. Some mouthpieces are wide and fill up your baby’s small mouth while others have a smaller spout. And some offer straw mouthpieces. Most sippy cups have an inner valve which is the mechanism that causes them not to spill when tipped.

Cup Style: Sippy cups come in a range of sizes that hold different amounts of liquid. Some have handles, some are hourglass shaped and some a straight. Some have grips that are supposed to be easier for babies to hold. Also, you can find sippy cups with a variety of pictures including favorite animals, characters or your baby’s name.

Other Features: Check to make sure the sippy cups you select are BPA free. If you don’t plan to hand wash them, purchase ones that are dishwasher safe. Also, some cups have flip tops or detachable lids that may be helpful on-the-go.

Stay tuned later this week for tips and tricks for transitioning to a sippy cup.

Sources: Parents, BabyCenter and Wholesome Baby Food

Nursing Moms at Work

There may be some good news for nursing moms at work in the coming months. A recently proposed federal regulation would require employers to provide adequate time and space for breastfeeding moms to pump during work hours.  The aim is to support new moms who return to work as they continue to breastfeed and provide the best first food nutrition for their babies.

The regulation was issued by the Department of Labor and covers overtime pay and rights for nursing moms, both of which could benefit breastfeeding moms who return to work. The overtime potion of the rule would institute higher salaries or increased hourly compensation for employers – including working moms – who work overtime. And the regulation would require employers to give new moms break time to pump during their work day and a clean space to pump other than a bathroom. Big improvements!

Nursing Moms at WorkUnfortunately the overtime and pumping rules are currently in limbo based on backlash from businesses and states that oppose it and feel the Department of Labor has overstepped their jurisdiction. A federal judge postponed ruling on the matter as of now and with a new administration taking office in January, the regulation may never come to fruition.

Hopefully these strides for employees and working moms will take effect as people with various political views support higher wages and healthy choices for families. These employment rules have been modified and expanded several times over the 80 years since they were instituted under administrations of both political parties.

Breastfeeding moms have already seen substantial improvements in governmental support in recent years. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act most insurance policies provide lactation support for new moms and many offer free breast pumps or breast pump rentals. This focus on breastfeeding is encouraging for families everywhere that value breastfeeding as the healthiest choice for their babies. Statistics show that breastfed babies are healthier, requiring less workplace absences from parents caring for sick children and less of a financial toll on health insurance.

Where regulations are lacking is paid maternity leave. Some companies offer paid time off after having a baby but others do not. When mothers don’t have adequate time off to heal, bond with their babies, and establish a strong breastfeeding routine, they are less likely to continue exclusive breastfeeding for the recommended six months and beyond. Mothers often cite their return to work or lack of support from their employers as the reason for terminating breastfeeding.

Should the regulation proceed, this would be a major win for nursing moms at work across the country! Our hope is that breastfeeding moms who return to work get the support they need in every aspect of their lives, including in the workplace.

Sources: The Huffington Post

When is it Safe to Introduce Gluten to your Baby’s Diet?

When is it Safe to Introduce Gluten to your Baby’s Diet?As a nutritionally conscientious mother you put a lot of thought into your baby’s diet. By breastfeeding you’re giving your baby the best nutritional start in life that has benefits that will last for years to come. Now some research indicates that when and how you start potentially allergenic foods in your baby’s diet may play a role in developing allergies, intolerances and possibly diseases. To that end you may wonder when it’s safe to introduce gluten to your baby’s diet. We’re examining the research surrounding babies and gluten today.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It is present in many types of breads, pasta, cereal pastries, crackers, cookies and much more. It also lurks in unexpected places like soups, candies, sauces and salad dressings. Other grains may be cross-contaminated with gluten during processing as well so trace amounts of gluten are found in many foods.

Gluten Intolerance

Gluten allergies occur when someone develops an immune response to gluten. Usually gluten issues are categorized as a wheat allergy, celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Wheat allergies are much like being allergic to any other type of food. It can cause an immediate or delayed reaction upon consumption including anaphylaxis or difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, hives or a rash, diarrhea, or congestion. Typically children with wheat allergies grow out of them by age 12.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune response to gluten that causes permanent and life-threatening damage to the intestines. Gluten inflames the gastrointestinal tract severely and must be completely eliminated from the diet to avoid harmful side-effects. In children celiac disease is marked by constipation or diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, nausea and vomiting. It can have serious repercussions for children including failure to thrive in infants, delayed puberty, stunted growth and being underweight, among other problems.

Gluten sensitivity causes uncomfortable side-effects from gluten but is not life-threatening. Usually the symptoms include bloating and gas, headaches and fatigue. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is diagnosed when a patient does not test positive for wheat allergies or celiac but develops these symptoms when eating gluten.

The Research on Gluten and Babies

Much like eggs and nuts, gluten is a highly debated food topic for babies. In recent years studies have concluded that earlier introduction of foods that pose a higher risk of allergies may prevent the onset of lifelong allergies to certain foods. This was initially the case with gluten as one highly regarded study showed that starting gluten between 4 and 6 months was the ideal window to familiarize a baby’s gut to the protein and reduce risk of celiac disease. This study also found that breastfeeding may help prevent the onset of a gluten allergy and celiac disease.

However, two studies published in 2014 contradicted the earlier research at every level. They both found that the timeframe of when it is safe to introduce gluten to your baby’s diet – prior to 6 months or after 12 months – did not affect the likelihood of high risk children developing celiac disease.  It showed that introducing gluten later may delay the onset of celiac disease but not prevent it altogether. Also, the latest research indicated that breastfeeding did not safeguard against developing a gluten allergy.

Conclusions about Gluten and Babies

Unfortunately the research is inconclusive regarding the safest time to introduce gluten in your baby’s diet. Therefore it’s important to discuss your baby’s individual risk factors with your pediatrician to develop a nutritional plan that is best for your baby. Also, if your baby is at high risk for gluten intolerance, especially celiac disease, be hyper-vigilant of adverse side-effects when introducing gluten. While breastfeeding may not deter gluten intolerance, it is still the best initial nutritional source and continued nutritional supplement for your baby.

Sources: Parents, Mind Body Green, Science of Mom and Healthline

Breastfeeding Tips for Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside! When the weather is cold all you may want to do is snuggle up with your baby to keep both of you warm. If that sounds like you, then breastfeeding is the perfect wintertime warm-up! Today we’re sharing breastfeeding tips for winter:

Breastfeeding Tip #1: Warm Your Baby with Breastfeeding

Breast milk is the most amazing substance on the planet. It has the unique ability to change temperature based on your baby’s specific needs during a feeding time. So when it’s cold outside and your baby needs heat, breastfeeding offers the perfect warm beverage.

Breastfeeding Tips for WinterBreastfeeding Tip #2: Skin-to-Skin

When you’re breastfeeding during wintertime, try for as much skin-to-skin as possible. In addition to the warmth of your breast milk, your body temperature will also help warm your baby. Plus your baby will be calmer and sync to your body’s rhythm through more skin-to-skin time and you can help regulate your baby’s heartbeat to improve heat-producing circulation.

Breastfeeding Tip #3: Heal Your Baby with Breast Milk

If your baby does catch a cold during the winter months, the very best therapy may be your breast milk. Packed with hundreds of nutrients and vital antibodies, breast milk helps keep babies healthier, both in the short and long term. Also, breast milk can help heal topically when applied to dry skin or dabbed in the nasal or ear cavities to clear congestion.

Breastfeeding Tip #4: Layer with Nursing Tanks

Even when you’re bundled in sweaters and coats, layer your outfits with a nursing tank underneath for easy breastfeeding access. This way you can simply flip up your warm layers, unclasp your nursing tank and you’re ready to feed whenever your baby says it’s time. This will save you much hassle when you’re dressed for winter weather.

Breastfeeding Tip #5: Use a Breathable Nursing Cover

Protect your baby from the cold air with a breathable nursing cover. Research shows that trapping your baby with a blanket in a small confined space (like car seat carrier, stroller or while breastfeeding) can be a suffocation hazard and causes babies to re-breathe harmful carbon dioxide. Instead use a lightweight nursing cover that allows air to flow freely while still reducing exposure to harsh temperatures. Our Loving Moments nursing cover doubles as a scarf so it’s perfect for wintertime nursing on-the-go.

Breastfeeding Tip #6: Breastfeed More Often

As if you need another excuse to cuddle with your little one, breastfeeding is just the best bonding activity when it’s cold outside. You can breastfeed in your warm bed, wrapped in a blanket by the fireplace, or cozied-up into your rocking chair. It feels so good to breastfeed when it’s cold outside so do it as often as your baby desires.

We hope you have a magnificent winter filled with lots and lots of breastfeeding!