The Size of Your Baby’s Stomach: Breastfeeding in the Early Days

April 7, 2015

It’s totally common for a new mom to doubt her breastmilk supply and question whether she’s making enough milk to satisfy her little one. But, even though your breasts might only produce a few drops of colostrum (“first milk”) in the days after you give birth, that breastmilk is the perfect nutrition for your baby. […]

Breastfeeding in the US: The CDC’s 2014 Data (Infographic)

February 24, 2015

How did your state rank in breastfeeding this past year? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled the breastfeeding rates and other information from around the U.S. and issued its Breastfeeding Report Card for 2014. We summarized this in the infographics below. What surprised you most about this data?  

Why Does Breastfeeding Sometimes Cause Cramps?

February 4, 2015

For first-time moms, afterbirth cramping is usually mild. But in the days immediately after giving birth to your second (or third, or fourth) baby, you may experience more intense, menstrual-like cramps while breastfeeding. Why Does It Happen? The uterus is a muscle, and each pregnancy over-stretches the muscle. The nipple stimulation experienced while breastfeeding causes […]

Ten Inspiring Preemie Stories

November 21, 2014

Every story makes a difference. In honor of National Prematurity Awareness Month, Medela proudly supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities® and the important work they do to help families with babies being cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We asked moms to submit a photo and share their incredible preemie story – the […]

Understanding and Avoiding Nipple Confusion

October 22, 2014

You may have heard the term “nipple confusion,” but do you know what it really means and, more importantly, how to avoid it? Nipple confusion is a term used to describe many breastfeeding situations, but the most common usage refers to babies that have trouble latching and feeding at the breast after they have received […]