Pumpkin at four days old. Read our birth story.

New Beginnings: Our Birth Story, Baby #3

Reading Time: 4 minutes Our third son, whom we are calling Pumpkin here on the blog, was born a little over a month ago on June 10, 2019 at 11:46pm. He was 6 lbs 15 oz and 19 1/4 inches long with a shocking amount of reddish hair. Our largest baby yet! For those interested, this is our birth

Baby #3: Week 33 Pregnancy Update

Baby #3: Week 33 Pregnancy Update

Reading Time: 4 minutes How far along? This is our week 33 pregnancy update! Wow! 33 weeks already. I’m praying we make it to full-term (37-42 weeks). Time is flying by and our little one will be here soon. I’m starting to feel excited! How is baby developing? The growth estimates claim that babies this age are usually a

Jacquelyn Van Sant. April 11, 2019

Baby #3: Week 30 Pregnancy Update

Reading Time: 4 minutes How far along? 30 weeks… Basically, two months to go! How is baby developing? According to the growth estimates, the average 30-week baby is about 15-16 inches long and about 2.5-3 pounds. Unlike with our second pregnancy, we are fairly confident that the due date and, therefore, the baby’s age is accurate this time around.

Deciding to wean early

Reading Time: 8 minutes Breastfeeding can be a contentious topic, and so can the conversation around when and how to wean a breastfed baby. It can make the decision to wean early a difficult one for some mothers. We may set plans or goals, but we need to retain a certain level of flexibility. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise that we cannot anticipate, and we need to re-evaluate our goals. It is okay to wean early.

How to cluster pump with an example schedule

Reading Time: 4 minutes As I mentioned in my previous post, one of my secret weapons — aka most effective methods — I used to increase my milk supply was to mimic a nursing baby’s cluster feeding. Milk production, after all, is a supply and demand process. When more is demanded, supply is usually increased to meet those demands.

Steps 5-7: My secret weapons for increasing milk production

Reading Time: 7 minutes First I shared our struggle with breastfeeding and low supply. In the previous post, we talked about how to properly care for your own health. Before we continue, I just want to restate the importance of making sure you are hydrated, getting enough calories, sleeping well, and managing stress. Taking care of your health is

Steps 1-4: Take Care of Your Health

Reading Time: 5 minutes The first four steps to increase your milk supply all have to do with caring for your health. Yes, Mama, I know it can be very hard to tend to your own needs when you have a new baby, possibly older children, and everything else in your hectic life. I understand! I made the mistake of not taking care of me, and it nearly cost me my milk supply. Don’t let it happen to you.