Glossary

Partners

The new wave is here: breastfeeding is a shared responsibility, and partners have a massive role in it. Understanding how breastfeeding actually works is an amazing place to start.

Partners are people, too.

Partners are People, Too.

This one’s for the papas and partners! Dads are people too. Get real with new dads about how their first year is going.

How to be an A+ Partner

A little known fact: partners are a vital part of breastfeeding. We list out clear ways for our other halves to get involved in the experience from day 1.

Real Talk: Labor & Birth

Everyone’s birth story is unique. Discover the good, the hard, and the beautiful.

Being Your Own Advocate

We highlight what you really need to know before you deliver at the hospital so that you can be your own advocate and feel empowered to ask for what you need.

Ways to Feed Your Babe

Swehl goes back to the basics as we explore our four ways to feed your baby: Exclusive Breastfeeding, Pumping, Formula Feeding and Mixed Feeding.

The Burping Bible

Burping your baby can be trickier than it looks. Our go-to positions for getting the gas out? Over the Shoulder, Noes to Toes, Lying Down and Forearm Straddle.

How to Spot Hunger Cues

The key to avoiding full-on newborn meltdowns? Catch early hunger cues, including rooting, yawning, and gnawing before the tears erupt.

Breast Milk: It’s The Tits

From lowering risks of disease for parent and baby to exhibiting literal shape shifting properties (!), discover why breast milk really is the tits.

The Stages & Phases of Milk

Explore the stages of breast milk, with a spotlight on colostrum (i.e. liquid gold!), an explanation of hindmilk vs. foremilk and more.

Bottles 101: The Sh*t You Need to Know

Introducing the bottle is key to avoiding bottle rejection and nipple confusion. Plus, it has the added benefit of providing a little break from breastfeeding.

Shit Talk: Poop & Its Cycles

Everybody poops, it's true. But what’s normal? From blow outs, to grainy mustard seeds, our experts navigate some serious shit talk.

Handy Dandy Newborn Feeding Schedule

The early days with a newborn are often coupled with decision fatigue. We remove some of the friction around feeding with a simple schedule (and rationale).

Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk? (Probably Yes.)

How much breast milk a baby gets in a feed is one of new parents' top concerns. We explore some easy indicators—plus, how to tell if your babe is swallowing.

Pro Tips: Keeping Babe Awake for Feedings

So sleepy, so cute—til the extra daytime zzz's turn to frequent, ravenous night feeds. Discover our tried & true tips for keeping your baby awake on the boob.

Milk Storage & The 5 / 5 / 5 Rule

Learning how to store your breast milk is foundational to pumping. From storage options, to proper labeling tips, our 5 / 5 / 5 rule simplifies the process.

Mixed Feeding: It Takes Two

Newsflash: you can breastfeed and still use formula. Explore what "mixed feeding" is and how it might work for you.

Formula Feeding Enters the Convo

In our official guide to formula, our experts detail the different types of formula and the reasons to use it. Swehl POV: there is no shame in this game.

Spitting Up & Acid Reflux

A teething babe should not affect the breastfeeding relationship. Avoid feeling that toothy grin on your nips with a few tweaks—and a bit of self-restraint.

Breastfeeding Positions - Because Options.

Swehl’s Lactation Advisor Morgan Dixon explores five common breastfeeding positions including Cradle, Cross-Cradle, Football Hold, Side Lying and Laid Back.

The Connection Between Breastmilk and Sleep

Newborns feed around the clock. As they get older, there is a direct correlation between sleep and milk intake. This one's for all you sleep deprived parents.

Dream Feed: How to Get a Few More Zzz's

A dream feed means aligning your baby's longest stretch of sleep with yours. Here's how execute it for a night of, well, dreamier sleep.

Tongue Tied

Tongue ties can be an impediment to breastfeeding, causing issues for both parent and baby. Check out your options and ways to treat it.

Postpartum Mood Disorders

Recognize the tell-tale signs associated with different mood disorders, including baby blues, Postpartum Depression or Postpartum Anxiety.

Get Pumped Up: The Basics of Pumping

Breast pumps can be super confusing. We demystify assembly (um, what is a "duckbill"?), functionality, and of course, how to clean each of the parts.

How to Deal with Haters: Criticism While Breastfeeding

We believe every parent is the expert of their baby, so we're here to arm you with ways to deal when people give you their unsolicited—and unwanted opinions.

Inequity in Parental Care

Inequity in maternal care is determined by race, income, and so much more. Our experts unpack how this relates to breastfeeding—and how we can do better.

Two (or more) is a Party: Multiples

Discover our key considerations for the early days with multiples—from planning for your hospital stay, to mapping out success for your breastfeeding journey.

NICU Support

Though the NICU is common, we rarely prepare parents for the journey. Swehl helps you prepare and navigate when things don’t go as planned or expected.

Breastfeeding is Hard AF Sometimes

Despite what you may have heard, breastfeeding is a learned skill. Whether you’re feeling isolated or imperfect, we never want you to feel alone in it.

Parenting in COVID

COVID parents unite! As if parenthood isn’t hard enough, enter a global pandemic. Our experts share their POV on COVID and how to best navigate through it.

C-Section Parents, We See You

All births are natural births! C-sections can be complicated for parents, both around recovery and adjusted expectations. We’re here to rewrite the story.

Latch On, Latch Off

The 101's on getting that perfect breastfeeding latch (and its lesser-known counterpart, the "unlatch").

The Lowdown on Letdown

Letdown, AKA "Milk Ejection Reflex (MER)": what it is, what causes it, and what it feels like (it's a wide spectrum, ranging from no sensation at all to D-MER.)

Meet Swehl's Motherboard

Meet the Motherboard, our incredible group of doctors, doulas and lactation experts behind the magic at Swehl.

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