Latham Thomas talks about post partum doulas and why they are so important for moms’ mental health.
Top 5 questions our OB GYN, Dr Jane Van Dis, gets asked.
Expert mom, Ali Maffucci, of Inspiralized shares what’s in her hospital bag for twins.
When do you need to pump and dump? Separating fact from fiction.
I blamed my boobs for many things— until I needed them for breastfeeding.
Female run companies, like Bobbie, are making sure women invest in women. It’s about time we start putting our money into companies we use and believe in!
If your baby’s feeding journey includes breastfeeding or chestfeeding, you’ve likely had a panic or three about keeping up your milk supply. Lactation cookies may help!
Do you need a lactation consultant? If you’re planning to breastfeed- YES. They do everything from teaching technique to offering moral support. They’re the BFF of breastfeeding.
Mom vs Mom. Not all moms become the grandmas you hope they’ll be.
An inspiring story of mom, Connie Cleland, who is battling cancer and the difficulties of feeding her newborn.
by Kim Chappell, Editorial Director of Milk-Drunk You will know when you have met a mom who has used the Moms on Call method for sleep training and well, raising a baby. You’ll know because they likely won’t shut up about how it changed their life, how well their baby sleeps, and how they actually
A 5-day old full-term infant male, exclusively breastfed, is admitted to the pediatric unit for dehydration, poor feeding and significant jaundice. He has lost 10% of his body weight since birth and is way too sleepy, even for a newborn. Baby does not wake up for feeds and is only nursing 5 minutes at a
Whether it’s ‘baby blues’ or postpartum depression, let’s talk symptoms and treatment for new moms.
As parents and caregivers, we’ve all experienced it. The “this isn’t what I signed up for” feeling you get when your baby wakes for the third time in the middle of the night and it seems like nothing will soothe them. You’re exhausted, overwhelmed, and just plain stressed. These feelings, and the accompanying stress, are
The new USDA Dietary Guidelines were just released and there were some new topics that surfaced particularly for pregnant, nursing moms and also surrounding the use of infant formula.
Breastfed, Formula Fed or Milk Bank Fed? One Mom Experiences It All With Seven Kids (And Two Sets of Twins)
Doula and mother of seven (!!), Lindsey Cipriani, tells all about her feeding journey that took her through the bliss of exclusively breastfeeding, the gratitude of milk bank milk, and the hurdle of accepting formula when her babies needed it. She has some wisdom to share after feeding seven babies. by Aliza Friedlander, Milk-Drunk Contributor
by Amelia Dortch, Milk-Drunk Contributor Ashley Diamond is a woman who has mastered the always evolving dynamic of being a working mom. She’s survived in the city that never sleeps as a sleep-deprived, nursing mom, and now she’s navigating life during a pandemic with an energetic toddler and a newborn baby. When Milk Drunk’s Amelia
Ring, ring! Who wants the 411 on cell phones and breastfeeding? Let’s talk about using your cell phone while breastfeeding. It seems kind of like a pretty normal thing to do, right? Well if you are a parent in 2020, that seems to be the case. However, it’s actually a widely debated topic for you
Why are mastectomy and breast cancer survivors and previvors given a free breast pump through insurance but no assistance to actually feed their babies? by Aliza Friedlander, Milk-Drunk Contributor 26 years after losing her mother to stage four metastatic breast cancer, Meredith Buzas learned she was BRCA 2 positive. She underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy
Sleep is a beautiful thing, and for your baby, it’s more important than ever! But, is there such a thing as too much sleep? When it comes to the development of your baby, it can be kind of hard to tell. So, allow us to shed some light on this subject! Together, we’re going to
New Research Shows American Pediatricians Are Stuck Between Breastfeeding Recommendations and a Mom’s Reality
Only 1% of Pediatricians Have Never Recommended Formula to Patients. Here’s What the 99% are Saying. by Kim Chappell, Editorial Director of Milk-Drunk and Dr. Jacqueline Winkelmann, Board Certified Pediatrician. Feeding a baby for modern moms is caught between a tale of two worlds. One in which you are expected to meet society’s high expectations
Chantelle Whittles shares her feeding journey with triplets and how she nourishes three babies… at once. by Aliza Friedlander, Milk-Drunk Contributor Like most moms, Chantelle Whittles went into motherhood assuming she was going to breastfeed. So, when she gave birth to her son Nikolai, now five, she did everything in her power to succeed. “The
Hear Rae’s story of how she’s made it to the 6 month mark exclusively breastfeeding her baby through surgeries, early hours, and and a supportive work environment- but she knows not everyone of her colleagues in healthcare is in the same position. by Aliza Friedlander, Milk-Drunk Contributor Rae, the mom of a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Evelyn
Signs that your baby’s formula doesn’t agree with them.
Meghan Koziel, mom and breast cancer survivor, bares all about feeding after a double mastectomy. by Aliza Friedlander, Milk-Drunk Contributor Meghan Koziel’s dream was to be a mother. But after being diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer at 26-year-old, Koziel didn’t know if that dream would ever come true. So, when she found out she
by Kelsey Mulvey, Milk-Drunk Contributor Writing about pregnancy is new, foreign terrain. I just turned 28 years-old, have been in a relationship with my boyfriend for over five years, and while we do talk about our future, babies are not in the cards yet. (Read: No, I’m not pregnant.) Still, my partner and I are
Let’s start by saying, no one is a bad mom based solely on whether they choose breast milk or baby formula. Moms can make not-so-great choices sometimes, that is true, but let’s remember that to err is human, especially when in reference to new moms and new parents. Now that we’ve cleared that up, we
by Amelia Dortch, Milk Drunk Contributor and mom to James We’ve all been there. Forcing ourselves to diet to look decent in a bikini, or even to squeeze into those pre-baby yoga pants. You count calories through a tracking app, you deny yourself blissfully yummy carbs. You even find time to squeeze in a few
Mom approved tips to help you get through breastfeeding.
Workplace Wins: The Five Best Places to Work if You’re a New or Expectant Parent (and How Other Businesses Can Learn From Them)
by Kama O’Connor, Milk Drunk Contributor New and expectant parents have so much to consider as they welcome a new little one to their world: hospital or home birth; doula or midwife (or neither); breastmilk or formula (or both); how (or if) to sleep train; when (or if) to go back to work. The last
by Amelia Dortch, mom to James and Milk Drunk Contributor It was dark. I was tired but I couldn’t sleep. It was an ungodly hour to be awake. And, the reason I was sleepless at an ungodly hour was especially ridiculous. It wasn’t from insomnia. It wasn’t from the discomfort of being in a hospital
Feed Your Baby, Not the Noise: Two Stories of Moms Who Felt the Judgement on How Best to Feed Their Babies
by Michelle Li, mom to JJ and Milk Drunk Contributor New moms have likely heard the saying, “Fed is best.” It’s practically what every other mother and doctor tell a first-time-mom who’s weighing the option of breastfeeding or using infant formula. However, once the baby comes, many new moms often discover those three words were
by Lisa Yadao, Milk Drunk Contributor I am a planner. I love the structure and predictability (and even the flexibility) that planning my days allows for. I feel productive when I can check the boxes off my daily to-do lists. Weekly planning helps me not feel overwhelmed. I am a creative producer, a problem solver,
by Karen Gill, Milk Drunk Contributor Many mothers experience shame and stigma for how they feed their infants, feeling pressure to do things a certain way, which can affect well being. Stigma is a set of negative and unfair beliefs that a group holds; a social phenomenon rooted in social relationships and shaped by the
by Karen Gill, Milk Drunk Contributor I’ve always believed breast is best and I was determined to breastfeed our twins. I watched YouTube videos, read the books, and talked to people about it. Nothing prepared me for how our feeding journey unfolded. At 29 weeks my waters broke in my office, I rushed to the
by Dawn Miedler, Milk Drunk Contributor New mothers are being told we can successfully breastfeed while doing whatever else it is we set our minds to; working, studying, climbing mountains, you name it. The breast pump has become our not-so-secret weapon and the mother’s room our beacon of acceptance. Unfortunately, being a working parent who
by Aliza Friedlander, mom to two and Milk Drunk Contributor When Christine Michel Carter’s morning alarm goes off, it’s go-time, beginning each morning trying to get her kids up and out for school. And on weekdays when her kids have a classroom party or recital, you can bet Christine will be in the audience. That’s
Written by Professor Courtney Jung, Faculty at the University of Toronto author of Lactivism “All women can breastfeed!” It’s a popular slogan among breastfeeding advocates and lactation consultants, designed to give women confidence in their ability to feed their babies. And while it’s certainly true that most women are physiologically capable of producing enough milk
Postpartum anxiety and mental health affects most of us moms. Let’s talk about it together.
Some are obvious. Some, I learned by trial and error. by Kim Chappell, Milk Drunk Editor Going back to work after maternity leave is an anxiety ridden moment for any new mom. There is the emotion of leaving your precious little one, the hurdle of childcare, the angst of coming back to a job and