Breastfeeding

14 Awful Things People Say When You're Extended Breastfeeding

I am very fortunate to be someone who had very positive breastfeeding experiences. This is notable because not everyone does and because I breastfed for a collective 38 months. That's a pretty long time to be more or less judgement-free. In talking t…
By Jamie Kenney

Nicole Phelps Has A Powerful Message For People Shaming Her For Pumping Breast Milk In Public

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is used to people talking about his successes and accomplishments as an awarded Olympian — and by opening himself up to the public, he's also used to people criticizing him. But that doesn't mean that's an invitation to…
By Casey Suglia

Amtrak Unveils "Lactation Suites" For Breastfeeding Moms & It's A Huge Step Forward

Today is a good day for nursing moms. According to a press release issued by the rail company, Amtrak is adding "lactation suites" for breastfeeding mothers in their Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Chicago stations this summer. One is …
By Karen Fratti

Turns Out, Major Formula Companies Are Violating These International Guidelines

Although there's no doubt that fed is best, research still supports that breastfeeding is the better way to provide infants with nutrition needed to grow healthy and strong. Studies have long linked breast milk, which is packed with beneficial nutrie…
By Annamarya Scaccia

Here's Why You May Experience Some Back Pain While You're Weaning Your Baby

Breastfeeding seems to have a surprise around every corner. One morning, you could wake up in a puddle of pink milk and freak out terribly, calling your OB-GYN in a panic to realize it's just from cracked nipples. (It looked terrifying, trust me. I l…
By Cat Bowen

7 Signs Your Baby Is Full, & Chow Time Is Over

Newborn babies need to eat constantly, more or less, but their bellies are beyond tiny. It makes guessing whether they're still hungry a bit more difficult for the adults in charge of feeding duties. So knowing the signs your baby is full will help y…
By Lindsay E. Mack

5 People Who Will Change Your Life When You're Breastfeeding

If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a small country to breastfeed one. A team of completely supportive people, present to guide you and provide you with adequate information, is essential when you're nursing. So make no mistake, the…
By Candace Ganger

Scientists Are Trying To Make Breast Pumps Less Awful, But How?

We’ve heard it all. Breast is best. Breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby. Breastfeeding strengthens your baby’s immune system and prevents SIDS. Breastfeeding is cheaper than formula! It’s what our bodies were designed for. The WHO, UNICEF, th…
By Mallory McMaster

Test-Driving The "Comfortable" Breast Pump

You know you’re a hardcore mom when opening a brand new breast pump that’s guaranteeing you maximum cushion and "comfort" plus dramatic increases in milk yields feels more exciting than Christmas morning as a kid. Though every breast pump on the mark…
By Lindsey Norkin

Test-Driving The "Smart" Breast Pump

Like many new parents, I have a strained relationship with breast pumping. I do appreciate that breast pumps have helped me maintain breastfeeding for the past eight months, but some breast pumps I’ve tried have left me feeling frustrated and ready t…
By Mallory McMaster

Night Feedings Are Rough, But Here's Why There's Really No Schedule For Them To Stop

It's 3 a.m., do you know where you baby is? Of course you do, he's right there, attached to your lap. Meanwhile, you're not sure what day it is, where your pants are, or if you remembered to turn on the coffee pot before going to bed. You're exhauste…
By Cat Bowen

Parents Are Loving Jessie James Decker’s Hysterical Observation About Breastfeeding

Just a little over one month ago, Jessie James Decker welcomed her third child — a son named Forrest Bradley Decker — into the world. Decker's Instagram post announcing Forrest's arrival was pretty perfect, to say the least, and everything seemed hun…
By Gillian Walters

Mindy Kaling Gets Honest About Breastfeeding Her Daughter, & Nursing Moms Will Love It

Mindy Kaling has kept many details of her pregnancy and early motherhood pretty mum. (For example, fans are still obsessing over who baby Katherine's father might be, even though Kaling clearly has no intention of revealing that identity anytime soon…
By Sophie Hirsh

"Failing" Ramadan While Breastfeeding Was Crucial For Me & My Son

My very first Ramadan came shortly after I converted to Islam, and before I had kids. I knew fasting from sunrise to sunset would be hard, but I figured that once you committed to the religion, you were supposed to do the things that were expected of…
By Ashley Franklin

13 Little Things My Partner Did That Proved He Appreciated Me While I Was Breastfeeding

In my experience, it’s pretty easy to feel under-appreciated as a new mom. It sucks, because you just went through arguably one of the hardest things imaginable, and now you're responsible for keeping a tiny human alive while you simultaneously feel …
By Steph Montgomery

10 Ways A Grown-Ass Man Supports His Partner Through Second Night Syndrome

Second night syndrome is a term that's popping up more and more in discussions about newborns, and generally describes the chaos of a baby's second day of life, categorized by inconsolable crying and constant feedings. It is, in my non-medical but ve…
By Jamie Kenney

Here's How To Figure Out How Many Nursing Bras You *Actually* Need

I'm currently breastfeeding a baby for the third time and, with trial and error, I've learned that convenience matters. With my first newborn, I was convinced I didn't need a nursing bra; I could just lift up the bottom of my regular bra, I argued. A…
By Shannon Evans

Here's Who Has The Most Difficulty Breastfeeding In The U.S.

There is still a lot of stigma surrounding breastfeeding in the United States. Some parents also have more difficulty breastfeeding in the U.S. than others, and the disparities are frankly glaring, and deeply unfortunate. Every parent should feel lik…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

15 Responses To The Question, "Why Are You Still Breastfeeding?"

Any way you choose to feed your baby is, very likely, going to be the subject of some controversy. And even within the dichotomy of "breastfeeding versus bottle feeding" there's going to be people with particular opinions. You know, the "breastfeed b…
By Jamie Kenney

Khloé Is Struggling With Breastfeeding, According To Kris Jenner, & So Many New Moms Can Relate

It certainly hasn't been an easy month for Khloé Kardashian. Just as she was about to welcome her daughter, True, into the world, video surfaced online that purported to show her partner, Tristan Thompson, allegedly cheating on her with other women. …
By Alana Romain