‘New Mom’ Blueberry Zucchini Crumb Muffins!

'New Mom' Blueberry Zucchini Crumb Muffins | The Blossoming Bump

So, in the midst of stocking up my freezer for baby number 2 (stocking up is putting it lightly, this poor appliance is fit to burst!) I decided to branch out a little on the muffin front. I knew I needed something that would help with lactation for nursing Thing Two (why, hello raw oats and flax seed!), something I could … Read More

5 Things YOU Should Do To Prepare For Breastfeeding!

5 Things You Should Do To Prepare For Breastfeeding | The Blossoming Bump

1. Take a class and/or find a local group: Hopefully you’ll have access to a lactation consultant after your birth, but even so a short class to fill you in on the basics and kit you out with a few problem solving strategies ahead of time, can really help support your new mama breastfeeding adventures when sleep deprivation and frustration … Read More

The First Feed: Breastfeeding for Beginners

The First Feed: Breastfeeding For Beginners | The Blossoming Bump

Before I had my first child, you wouldn’t have caught me insisting that I was going to be an all-nursing momma. That wasn’t for lack of want. I’d been warned by several people beforehand that it might not be possible for me, particularly family members who themselves had struggled to nurse and had chalked that up somewhat to being a family trait. … Read More

8 Energy Foods for Breastfeeding Moms!

8 Energy Foods For Breastfeeding Moms | The Blossoming Bump

Let’s face it girls, when you’re recovering after birth, trying to stay ahead of the sleep deprivation game, and nursing full time, you need all the help you can get! Am I right? So here are my own personal top 8 energy foods for breastfeeding – the very same ones I turn to in my moments of pure exhaustion! Enjoy!   … Read More

Breast Pumps & US Insurance: What YOU Really Need To Know!

Breast Pumps & Insurance What You Really Need To Know | The Blossoming Bump

I found something very cool out today, first hand while ‘stalking’ my medical insurance company over the phone. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the law now requires that most private insurers cover breast pumps and lactation counseling. Since the high cost of buying a breast pump can vary anywhere from $40 for a manual pump (what I used with my first … Read More

Breastfeeding: An Issue of Biology or Gender Equality?

This morning, over a replenishing cup of (decaf) coffee I scowered my usual online haunts, reading this article and that article, just generally drinking in the day’s challenges and revelations. Ahhhh. Somewhere between spilling coffee down my front (typical, fresh shirt and all) and wrestling the dog’s food bowls into place for the 3 ‘starving’ mutts that revel in circling … Read More