Why You May Experience Low Milk Supply

WhyYouMayExperienceMilk supply is something I’m always concerned with since my son is exclusively breastfed.  I’ve heard the horror stories from many woman who say they have a low milk supply.  Sometimes the supply is believed, or found to be so low that it doesn’t provide the necessary nutrition for their babies to grow and thrive.  I never wanted this to be the case with me, so I did plenty of research early on.  In addition, I (as well as my husband) went to many breastfeeding classes and consulted lactation consultants before and after the birth of our son. Continue reading

Pampers® & CVS Fuss-Free Savings | No Leaks Sprung This Holiday Season + Giveaway

I love the holidays, its such a fun time of the year.  For my husband and I, and pretty much our entire family, its even more special this year.  The reason being for this extra specialness is because we now have a new little member, my son, to celebrate it with.  Even with all the traveling, ripping and running, and cold weather, it makes it all worth it to have this little guy here and bringing the extra holiday cheer.


Having a newborn during the holiday season is such a blessing, but it has been an adjustment.  It takes me twice as long to get out the door and run errands.  Where as I used to could drive all over town, running endless errands, that’s no longer practical.  Thank goodness there are places like CVS where I can run in and out and pick up things quickly.  Its so easy to run in and grab things to keep my diaper bag fully stocked.  As you moms know, you never want to get anywhere without those diaper bag essentials.  I made that mistake one good time and learned my lesson! Continue reading

Recognizing and Dealing with Baby Growth Spurts


My 6 week old son is a chunk!  We (really just me) actually call him chunk chunk, or the more endearing term chunk-chunk-chunk-a-lot.  He’s gotten to be such a chunk, because he loves to nurse.  From birth he’s been an excellent nurser with an extremely healthy appetite.  However, sometimes this healthy appetite becomes quite demanding, especially during a growth spurt. Continue reading

Creating The Perfect Registry for Your Baby Shower


As many of you know I had two baby showers, you can read about them here and here!  While that doesn’t make me the subject matter expert, I do know a good bit about creating a comprehensive registry.  As a matter of fact, I still have my registries up and will leave them up until they expire.  The reason I still have them up is because they serve as a shopping list of some sort of things I may still need for baby.  Even if you don’t plan on having a shower, you should do a registry.  You can choose to do one online through your major baby retailers like Babies R’ Us and Buy Buy Baby, big box stores like Target or Wal-Mart, or an online merchant like *.  There are also many other merchants that you can create wishlists of products directly on their site, like Brica

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Breastfeeding | How to Know If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk


I decided long before my son was born that I would exclusively breastfeed.  I’d heard all of the stories of why women don’t, from baby never latching correctly to having a low milk supply.  When I was pregnant I hoped that I would have none of these issues, and so far I’ve been blessed not to.  However, it is very important to me that my son gets the proper and adequate nutrition he needs.  We had his two week check up and he is putting on weight and everything with him is good, and I want it to stay that way.

I was very excited when my daily What To Expect email had an article on baby getting adequate breast milk.  Many moms, including myself, worry that their breastfed baby might not be getting enough milk.  I thought I would share with you some of the the ways in which you can tell if your baby is getting enough milk. 

Tracking your baby’s feedings, weight gain, and diaper output is the best way to determine if your baby is getting enough milk.

1. Monitor baby’s weight. Keep track of how often you’re breastfeeding your baby (the goal is eight to 12 times per 24 hours) and monitor baby weight gain. Infants should gain weight steadily every week; four to seven ounces per week is typical, although weight gain will vary depending on age and other factors. Your pediatrician will let you know if your baby’s growth is on track.

2. Count dirty diapers. Although it’s probably something you never expected to do, keep a careful count of those wet and soiled diapers: Your newborn should be pumping out eight to 12 dirty diapers with clear to very pale yellow urine and at least five soft, yellow bowel movements over a 24-hour period. For the first several weeks, it’s a good idea to keep a written record (you’ll be too tired to keep it all in your head) of breastfeeding frequency and diaper output — you can even bring it along to the pediatrician’s at each visit so you’ll have your facts and figures handy when you’re asked about those dirty diapers.

3. Watch baby’s disposition. If your baby seems happy and content after most feedings, then chances are she’s a satisfied customer and is getting enough milk. If she’s crying and fussing or sucking on her fingers frantically after a full feeding, she might still be hungry (though these can also be signs of gas or infant colic).

What If You Need Help?

Before you leave the hospital or birthing center, a lactation consultant will likely visit you and observe you feeding your baby to make sure you’re on the right track and that your baby is getting enough milk (if a consultant doesn’t pay you a call, make sure you ask for one). She can also offer tips on caring for nursing breasts, how and when to express milk, and may provide you with literature to take home. If you’re having problems when you get home, talk to your baby’s doctor or a nurse who specializes in lactation, or find a lactation consultant in your area through the International Lactation Consultant Association or your local La Leche League (see the Resource Directory for links). Friends and family members who have nursed will be happy to offer you an ear and reassurance that the bumps of the first few days and weeks do eventually smooth out — just as the pain of your engorged breasts and sore nipples will ease.


Whether you are currently breastfeeding or plan to in the future, I hope this was helpful!


Motherhood | Life With A Newborn


I’ve been a mother for a little over a week now and I have been loving it. Even through the sleepless nights and countless diapers changes, it has been wonderful!  Every time I look at my son’s (and yes…that feels good to say!) little face my heart melts.  Its not just the cute face with chubby cheeks, big brown eyes, and ear-pleasing coos that he makes, it’s the entire gravity of being a mother now.  I’ve always wanted children, for as long as I can remember!  I’m the youngest child in my family, so I never had the experience of seeing my mom pregnant or having a baby brother or sister.  Continue reading