Breastfeeding can be a hard, isolating, and emotional journey, which is why it's so important to have support. That's why Romper launched a Facebook breastfeeding community, Breastfeeding TBH — to help make feeding another human being with your own body a little easier. Every day readers ask questions because, let's face it, breastfeeding is complicated, and each week in Rack Facts, Romper speaks with a lactation consultant to answer as many of those questions as possible. After all, everyone can use a little expert help, especially when it comes to feeding your kid.
Baby teeth, day care, fenugreek — it's clear from this week's questions that breastfeeding is a life skill that often requires some serious know-how. In my weeks postpartum, I often blamed (and honestly, still do blame) my mistakes on 'mommy brain.' But what if mommy brain is just the result of information overload? Here to help you wade through the supplements and galactagogues, the supply issues and legal issues, is a team of specialists who know what you're going through.
Josie Bouchier, Holistic Health for The Whole Woman and expert at The Tot, talks safely switching to a vegan diet while nursing.
Andie B. Schwartz, M.Ed., RD, LD, CLC, of Happy Family's Happy Mama Milk Mentor program — a completely free online service for moms with questions about nursing — discusses day care, infant constipation, and issues with getting disability coverage for hyperprolactinemia.
Stephanie Nguyen, RN, MSN, WHNP-C, IBCLC and The Bump contributor, has the lowdown on fenugreek, supplements, and the immune-boosting powers of breast milk.
Finally, Linda M. Hanna, RNC, MSN/Ed., IBCLC, and founder of My Nursing Coach — a mobile breastfeeding practice in Los Angeles providing in-home and online breastfeeding and postpartum support — talks exhaustion, Upspring Milk Flow, and pumping for a family member's baby. With My Nursing Coach, Los Angeles moms can get a home-visit from a lactation consultant or postpartum specialist, and moms across the country can receive advice by phone, video chat, or private message.
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