• A is for After-pains

    You just had a baby! Congratulations!

    The contractions and pain should be over, right? Not so fast...

    Afterpains (also known as involution) can be just as painful as when you were in labor.   While your uterus is shrinking back to its normal size, you may feel short, sharp, cramps in your abdomen a couple of days after giving birth, often while nursing. Your uterus is contracting and that helps it expel lochia (discharge of blood, mucus, and uterine tissue) and it helps your uterus get back to the right size. 

    Some first-time moms don't always feel them, but women that have had multiple children are more likely to feel them intensely. The hormone oxytocin, which is released by breastfeedingskin-to-skin contact with your baby and a few other things is what gets your uterus to contract.  Believe it or not, this is a good thing. Your body is going through the healing process, but that doesn't mean its enjoyable! 

    Thankfully, this will hopefully only last 5-7 days.   It feels different for every woman and is often worse with each subsequent pregnancy, but you can absolutely experience some relief. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of taking an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. 

    If afterpains last longer than a week or you notice increased bleeding, foul smell or anything you feel is "off", contact your doctor or go into the ER.

     


  • A Good Bra Can Make All the Difference

    A good bra is so important to have – support can make ALL the difference for your back, breasts and if we’re being honest, your quality of life in general!

    And when you’re breastfeeding, that’s no different. In fact, we’d argue that its even more important! Some say that dealing with clogged ducts or mastitis can even be worsened by a poorly fitted bra. But if anything, they can be more painful if your bra doesn’t fit right. Experiencing your breasts growing in size and dealing with tenderness and possibly engorgement can be really hard, and a good bra can help make a difference in your comfort level.

    How do you know if your bra is fitting right, though? There are a few things you can check!

    Is your bra too small?

    If you’re breasts spill over the top of your bra and on the sides, chances are its too small and its time to size up. If the middle of the bra in the front doesn’t lie flat on your chest, that’s a sign too!

    Is your bra too large?

    If your straps slide off even after they have been adjusted, the cups are wrinkled while standing or there is a gap between your breast and the cups on the bra, chances are your bra is to large and its time to get a smaller one.

    So you’ve discovered your bra is too big or too small and you need to change the size you wear; what now?

    While braless, measure under your breasts around your rib cage and round to the nearest whole number (i.e if its 31.75”, you’ll round to 32”). If the number is even, add four inches and if it is odd, add five inches. That is your band size! So if you measured 28”, your band size will be 32.

    And then while braless, measure around the fullest part of your bust and round to the nearest whole number, once again. You will then subtract your band size that you just figured out from your bust measurements (i.e bust at 42” – band at 38” = 4) . Each difference in inch is a cup size.

    0’’ = AA

    1” = A

    2” = B

    3” = C

    4” = D

    5” = E

    And so on..

    So our example from above, with four inches different, would be a D. And that’s how you do it!

    Just like most other parts of our bodies, our breasts don’t always stay the same size. Its important to reevaluate your bra size every now and then. Your breasts will go through a lot of changes when your milk comes in so we suggest not going out and buying a ton of new bras right away; one of the nighttime nursing bras can work great for the first few days while everything settles down. Then, measure away! Our suggestion, remeasure every few months while your nursing. And then when your nursing relationship with your child comes to a close, remeasure again!

    Every time your in the market for some new bras can be a great time to remember to measure again and see if your bra size has changed!



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