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 […]

Supporting Moms Through Medela Recycles

January 27, 2015

Ending your breastfeeding journey can be an emotional process. Recycling your pump through Medela Recycles gives you the opportunity to support another mom on her breastfeeding journey as she navigates life with a baby in the NICU. Medela Recycles Ambassador Jenna von Oy sat down with us to share why she’s excited to help support this […]

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 […]

Preparing to Breastfeed While Pregnant

October 28, 2014

You may have heard of the old wives’ tale that suggests pregnant women “toughen up” their nipples with a washcloth to prepare for breastfeeding. If you think this sounds horrifying, you’re right! There’s absolutely no need to do so – but there are several other (much less painful) ways to get ready for a successful breastfeeding journey. […]

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 […]