moms diet Category

Breastfeeding and Maternal Diet

There are thousands of myths about what mothers should or shouldn’t eat when breastfeeding. The current recommendation is that the mother should eat a varied diet of healthy foods that are typical for her geographic region or culture and not limit or include any special foods without medical indication. To understand why maternal diet should […]

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Does drinking a beer really help milk supply?

In short, no. This pervasive breastfeeding myth is one a lot of moms really want to hold on to. Here we dissect the science and why some women really feel a beer helps their milk production despite overwhelming scientific evidence that alcohol inhibits milk production and let down. Some women feel engorged after a beer. […]

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7 Things You Can Do Right Now with a Fussy Baby

When you have a fussy baby, the minutes feel like hours and it’s easy to panic. Don’t panic! Take control of the situation and help your baby adjust to life outside the womb. Set aside worries about allergies, diet restriction, and milk production. Get the baby calm, help mama get calm, and then call your […]

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Gallery of Pumped Milk

Human milk changes color, texture, and composition throughout the day and as the baby ages. This gallery of milk is for informational purposes so mothers can feel confident that their milk still “looks good.” Some important points on the look of pumped milk: – The visible fat layer is not an indication of how much […]

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See Us in Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine!

The August 2013 issue of Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine features an article about common breastfeeding myths and was written by OLS owner Danielle Downs Spradlin. Some of the myths the article explores include myths about maternal diet, medications for nursing mothers, and alcohol consumption while nursing. Check out the full article by clicking here! Our […]

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Top Tips for Top Milk Supply

By far, the most common concern about breastfeeding is adequate milk supply. Here are the top evidence based recommendations for ensuring your short term and long term production. 1. Bring your baby to the breast as soon as possible after birth. Babies are born alert and ready to feed. Babies nursed in the first 2 […]

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My breast feels hot and hard. Is this mastitis?

It could be. Many cases of mastitis begin with a hard knot in the breast. Often this hard spot is caused by a clogged milk duct. What is a clogged duct?      Breast milk contains a variety of fats and proteins so that it is complete nutrition for your baby. The fats and proteins are different […]

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How Much Water Should I Drink?

Many mothers are told that they need to drink a great deal of water in order to make enough milk. So if the idea of 20 glasses a day has your eyeballs floating, fear not! The general recommendation for nursing mothers is drink to thirst. What does “drink to thirst” mean? For some women, it […]

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Do I Need a Lactation Consult?

Plenty of moms have “just a quick question” about breastfeeding that really seems simple enough. Internet forums are an easy way to get quick answers or find links to published information. But what happens when that information is contradictory? Or what if your question has many layers that the forum didn’t consider? Or what if […]

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Breastfeeding During Cold and Flu Season

One of the big questions that comes up this time of year: If I nurse my baby while I’m sick with a cold or flu, will my baby get sick too? The answer is simple: nursing through the cold or flu is the best protection for your baby. Human milk is full of active immune […]

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