Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world for a woman to do. In theory that is true. In practice however, it can be a different situation. A new mom can read all the best books in the world, talk to a lactation consultant or their medical practitioner and watch the entire ‘how to’ series of breastfeeding videos on YouTube. In her mind, she may feel confident and ready to jump right into her new maternal role.
Having a new baby in the home is often as overwhelming and puzzling for dad as it is for a mom. Especially with a first child, everything is happening in real time for the first time, which can be both exhilarating and exhausting. No matter how much friendly advice, pregnancy planning or breastfeeding “survival guides” a man reads in advance, the dynamic between mom and baby seems almost magical and impenetrable.
Naming your baby is one of the rites of passage of becoming new parents. Choosing a name is a special gift that will travel with your child through life. Many parents choose to name their babies after beloved people in their families, favourite characters from books and movies, or based on some other reminder that is unique and memorable.
Breastfeeding is back. For years, it was not in vogue, as marketing messages were delivered to mothers and doctors minimizing the real benefits of breastmilk in favour of “superior” manmade solutions. Formula with “added” nutrients was suggested as the healthy option for a new born baby. The truth is that these added wonder nutrients have always been in breast milk, along with many other unique ingredients that only human mothers can produce.
Medela Canada has recently launched a new resource for parents: the Medela Canada YouTube Channel. On this site, you will find over 140 videos in both French and English to serve as a support tool for parents in assembling, operating, cleaning, and troubleshooting their breast pumps along with educating on storage and handling guides for breast milk.
Once you are accustomed to the basics of pumping breastmilk, you might want to look for new ways to make breast pumping a bigger part of your life and extend the convenience of this way of feeding your baby. Maybe you love to breastfeed and know all the benefits of breastmilk but want to go back to work, share the night feeds, or you just want a break from breastfeeding sometimes. Or perhaps you are an exclusively breast pumping mom whose baby for one reason or another cannot feed from the breast.
You hardly ever hear mothers use the expression “free time”. In a typical day, most moms would agree that there are simply not enough hours to do the basic tasks, let alone find time to read a book, take a nap, or cook a meal with more than three ingredients. The idea of finding time to relax, regroup or re-energize is almost unfathomable. Most moms are totally ok with this because they adore their children to the end of the earth and even feel a little perplexed by the idea of having some free “me”” time at all.
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural acts in the world, but it still takes some practice and getting used to. One of the learning experiences for moms and babies is discovering the best breastfeeding positions that work for them both.
If you are like most working moms, you’re probably feeling a little anxious about returning to work after the birth of your baby. Becoming a mother is a life changing experience and in your heart, you might really want to stay home and enjoy every precious moment with your little one. However, sometimes circumstances require that you return to work –
Let’s face it, pumping breastmilk takes time and if you are an exclusive pumper, it requires a lot of patience and commitment. Even for moms totally committed to pumping, and who see the value and understand the benefits of breastfeeding, it requires a certain amount of perseverance. While you can hand express or pump one breast at a time (even while the baby is feeding on the other breast) you might want to consider double pumping. Double pumping can be your best friend and the most efficient way to pump milk from both breasts at the same time, with any extra milk produced being frozen and stored for use in the future.