Miss Elizabeth has been receiving all human milk since her premature birth at 26 weeks. In the NICU, she received a human milk based fortifier and some donor milk to supplement as my supply was building (I had major difficulty establishing a milk supply this time). For a short while, she also had 4ml of… Continue reading Breastmilk, Meat “Formula”, & Tube Feeding
If you’ve read through this site, you are probably aware that I do not plan to feed Elizabeth formulas. Just because she has a feeding tube, doesn’t mean she should exist on a diet of corn syrup and vitamins. Our plan is to transition from breastmilk to a real food, blended diet over the next… Continue reading Real Food via G-Tube
Here’s the thing. Whether you exclusively pump, exclusively nurse, or a combination, those nipples are going to need some love. Here’s the lowdown on keeping your nipples happy and healthy. Meet coconut oil- your new BFF. Seriously. Best thing ever. I applied before every pumping session (on nipples and lubed the flanges for easy gliding). … Continue reading Nipple Lubes
This is part two in my what worked to increase my milk supply series. Part one is on fluid intake. While breastfeeding (nursing or exclusive pumping), the recommendation is that you will need an extra 300-500 calories per day in order to make enough milk for your little one. This correlates to two cups… Continue reading Calories for Breastfeeding
There is mixed information about increasing your fluid intake and it’s correlation to increasing your milk supply. Bottom line- if you are dehydrated, you won’t produce enough milk. You’ll need to drink your bodies baseline fluids PLUS enough to create milk in order to keep things running at an optimum level. The general recommendation is… Continue reading Fluid Intake & Milk Supply
Sweet Elizabeth Joy cannot eat orally. We aren’t entirely sure of the reasons for this… she cannot suck and has difficulty (forgets?) swallowing. We brought her home from the NICU after 88 days with a NG tube. Three weeks later, I took her back in for the g-tube surgery. When we came home from the… Continue reading Mamas Milk via G-Tube
Disclaimer: I purchased Sonata myself and did not receive any compensation or products in exchange for my opinion. This is my personal, unbiased opinion of this breast pump. I am open to receiving products for review and will always post a true and unbiased opinion regardless of compensation. I am not a medical professional and… Continue reading Sonata is Here!