Andrea Tran RN, IBCLC

Andrea Tran RN, MA, IBCLC Andrea has been working with new families as an RN for over 35 years and a Lactation Consultant for over 25 years. She has her MA in Health and Wellness with a focus in Lactation.

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Why Breastfeeding Is Important

I love helping moms breastfeed. While breastfeeding is natural, it doesn’t always come naturally. Sometimes it comes easily. Sometimes it can be challenging. When breastfeeding is hard it can help to keep going when you know why breastfeeding is important. Most moms don’t get enough support when breastfeeding is hard. Moms get advice and information …

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Intermittent Fasting While Breastfeeding – What You Need To Know

Has breastfeeding not been the weight loss magic that you’d heard it could be? Are you getting frustrated with the slow rate at which you are losing your baby weight? If you have looked into the many different ways to lose weight, you have probably heard about this thing called intermittent fasting. It’s getting a …

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5 Best Supplements To Increase Milk Supply

If you are a breastfeeding mom looking for ways to increase your milk supply, you have probably looked into herbal supplements. There are so many lactation supplements in so many different forms it can be difficult to know which are the best supplements to increase milk supply. I live in a community where herbals and …

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Funny and Beautiful Breastfeeding Quotes

Breastfeeding can be easy and wonderful, or it can be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Being a nursing mother requires commitment, persistence, and a sense of humor. It can be challenging to stick with it when things are hard. I collected these 36 beautiful breastfeeding quotes to encourage you when the going gets tough. …

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How Much Breast Milk Does A Baby Need? What You Need To Know

A common question new parents have is how much breast milk does a baby need? As a new breastfeeding mom, you want to make sure your baby gets the right amount of breastmilk. You also want to know how to avoid overfeeding baby if you need to supplement nursing with bottles of pumped breast milk …

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YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BENEFITS OF POWER PUMPING

If you are a breastfeeding mom who pumps, then you have probably heard the term power pumping. It is a technique that gets a lot of buzz when the conversation turns to the best ways to increase milk supply. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Power pumping is useful for situations …

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How To Easily Have A Healthy Eating Plan For Breastfeeding Mothers

As a breastfeeding mom, what you eat can affect your growing baby and your own body and energy levels. It is true that you don’t need to eat the perfect diet to produce good quality breast milk. But what you eat as a nursing mom does matter. When it comes to a healthy eating plan …

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What No One Tells You About Nipple Shields for Breastfeeding

Nipple shields for breastfeeding are frequently recommended for various nursing problems. I have seen this happen when a well meaning nurse gives a new mom a nipple shield when she is having difficulty latching. I have also seen them recommended in Facebook groups. They often how up on Pinterest “breastfeeding essentials” lists. Pinterest is where …

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11 Tips For Breastfeeding During The Holidays That Will Save Your Sanity

The winter holidays are a time of celebrations, traditions, and enjoying time with friends and family. There is so much about this time of year that is fun. Parties, exchanging gifts, foods that make an appearance only at this time of year, and special treats all contribute to the festive feeling. But let’s be honest, …

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Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery: Breast Augmentation, Breast Reduction, Breast Biopsy

BREASTFEEDING AFTER BREAST SURGERY There are millions of women of childbearing age who have had a breast reduction, breast augmentation, and breast biopsies. All of these procedures can affect breastfeeding. Breast surgery has the potential to affect milk supply and whether your baby can get out the milk that you make. These surgeries can also …

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Genius Tips For Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

Some new moms lose their baby weight effortlessly. The extra weight seems to melt off. Other women have to work harder to lose those pregnancy pounds. As a breastfeeding mom, you have a secret weight-loss tool. The effect of breastfeeding on weight loss is one of the most popular benefits for mom promoted.  Taking a safe approach …

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How To Appreciate Nighttime Breastfeeding

Is your baby sleeping through the night yet? You may be asked this question frequently by well-meaning friends and family. There is a lot of pressure around babies and sleep. And what sleep-deprived mama doesn’t want her baby to start sleeping through the night? Instead of telling you how to get your baby to sleep …

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How to Survive Biting During Breastfeeding – Without Weaning

Biting and breastfeeding are two words that no mom wants to say in the same sentence. Biting during breastfeeding can happen not only when a baby is teething. Even a baby just born can bite while nursing. A baby biting your nipple while breastfeeding can be incredibly painful even when they don’t have teeth. I’ll …

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Spectra Breast Pump Reviews By A Lactation Consultant

For the longest time, there were limited options when it came to personal breast pumps. Then the Spectra pumps arrived on the scene. Game changer! Moms told me that they loved this new breast pump.  Whenever I talk to a mom who uses a breast pump, I ask what pump she has. I started hearing …

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Breastfeeding and Formula: It’s not the F-Word

Using infant formula when breastfeeding can happen by necessity or by choice. For some nursing moms the need to use formula when breastfeeding can feel defeating. You may be worried that supplementing breastfeeding with formula can mean the end of breastfeeding. Formula is not necessarily a bad thing. There are times when a breastfeeding mom …

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Best Breastfeeding Books – Something For Everyone

Breastfeeding is natural, but there are so many things that can throw it off course.  As a new nursing mom, you are going to have many questions. You need to have reliable sources to get answers. One of the best ways to get reliable information is to have one or two good books about breastfeeding. …

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Breastfeeding Growth Spurts – A Lactation Consultant Answers Your Questions

Babies grow faster in their first year of life than at any other time (Source). While they are growing all the time, there are certain times of rapid growth. These are called growth spurts. Every mom wants her baby to grow. However, growth spurts can cause a crisis in your confidence about whether you are …

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How To Hand Express Breast Milk – And Why You Should

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that if you have a fancy electric breast pump that you won’t benefit from being able to hand express your milk. Learning how to hand express breast milk is a valuable skill for every mother. It’s true that breast pumps are readily available to most women. However, there are …

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Finding the Best Chairs For Breastfeeding Without Feeling Overwhelmed

Choosing baby furniture can be an overwhelming experience. It is no different when it comes to shopping for a comfy nursing chair. You are going to spend many hours breastfeeding. A comfortable chair to breastfeed in can make the difference between enjoying those precious moments and back or neck pain. Smart moms will want to …

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Can Breastfeeding and Depression Safely Co-exist?

BREASTFEEDING AND DEPRESSION A nursing mom has unique concerns when it comes to postpartum depression. She will want to learn all she can about breastfeeding and depression. Knowledge about treatment options and the safety of medications will enable her to make the safest choices for herself and her baby. Postpartum depression gets a lot of …

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Breast Pumping Essentials – {17} Items Every Pumping Mom Needs

There is nothing worse than going to use your breast pump and missing an essential item. At best, it is inconvenient. At worst, it might mean you can’t pump. It’s enough to make a new mama cry. Whether you are pumping at home or work or while traveling, I will share what the breast pumping …

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Breastfeeding FAQs Answered By A Lactation Consultant

If you’ve never breastfed before then, you probably have a lot of questions. I have helped moms and babies for over 26 years. I came up with a list of the most frequently asked questions about breastfeeding. YOUR BREASTFEEDING FAQs ANSWERED HOW LONG SHOULD A MOTHER BREASTFEED HER BABY? The current breastfeeding recommendations from the …

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Best Breastfeeding Pillow In 14 Different Categories

A breastfeeding pillow is often near the top of breastfeeding essentials lists. But there are so many to choose from.  As you stare at page after page of all the different options, how do you choose the best breastfeeding pillow for you? Every mom is different, so the top-rated nursing pillow may not be the …

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Help For Mastitis – A Lactation Consultant’s Practical Advice

Mastitis is painful, and it can be scary. I remember when I got mastitis. It happened in the early weeks of breastfeeding my third baby. My breast didn’t look right, and it definitely didn’t feel right. If you are a mom who either is certain she has mastitis or is wondering if she does, I …

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How To Get Breastfeeding Help When You Are Struggling

When you have a newborn, you will find yourself the recipient of a boatload of unsolicited advice. This is even more true if you are a breastfeeding mom. If you are struggling with nursing your baby, you will want to get the right breastfeeding help for your particular situation.  Getting lactation support from someone who …

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7 Essential Things To Know About Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes

Do you know what is really silly? While most pregnant women are advised to take a childbirth preparation course they are rarely told to take a class to prepare for breastfeeding. That’s kind of ridiculous when you think about it.  Labor and birth last an average of 12-24 hours. Breastfeeding can last months or years. …

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Complete Willow Breast Pump Review By A Lactation Consultant

Are you a breastfeeding mom who pumps?  Are you looking for a way to save time when pumping?  Do you want to get more pumping sessions in but don’t have the time? I want to show you an innovative way for breastfeeding mamas who use a breast pump can save time. This ingenious invention is …

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How to Confidently Choose the Best Baby Carrier For Breastfeeding

CHOOSING THE BEST BABY CARRIER FOR BREASTFEEDING A baby carrier was my favorite piece of baby equipment, hands down. I loved it and used it all the time. I consider a baby carrier an essential accessory for every new mom.  Whenever I am buying a gift for a baby shower or a new mom, I …

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{10} Genius Ideas of What to Do With Leftover Breast Milk

WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER BREAST MILK I stared at the sign in the window of a salon advertising breast milk facials. My first thought was, why are they wasting precious breast milk on facials??? My second thought was, I wonder what the benefits of a breast milk facial are. Don’t judge. I live in …

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Breastfed Babies and Pacifiers – Good, Bad, or Necessary Evil?

BREASTFED BABIES AND PACIFIERS Pacifiers are practically the universal sign for babies. But moms want to know if breastfed babies and pacifiers are a good thing, or do pacifiers hurt breastfeeding? Which are the best pacifiers for breastfed babies? If you are a new mama, then you want to do the best thing for your …

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HOW TO ROCK BREASTFEEDING AFTER C-SECTION

BREASTFEEDING AFTER C-SECTION Most moms don’t expect to have a cesarean. However, many women have a good chance of needing these tips for breastfeeding after c section. The cesarean rate in the US is 32% (Source). That means that almost one in three moms will birth her baby surgically. My first baby was born by …

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BREAST ENGORGEMENT REMEDIES – SMART MOM’S ESSENTIAL GUIDE

YOUR GUIDE TO BREAST ENGORGEMENT REMEDIES New moms often ask me how to tell if your milk is coming in. I tell them that, while the early signs can be subtle, there should be a point when you look in the mirror and say, “Whose breasts are these because mine have never looked like this …

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BREAST REFUSAL DOESN’T MEAN YOUR BABY HATES BREASTFEEDING

BREAST REFUSAL Breast refusal is one of the most difficult breastfeeding problems that can occur. It is especially difficult when a newborn refuses to breastfeed. It is not a problem that only happens when getting started with breastfeeding. A baby refusing to nurse can happen at any time during a breastfeeding journey. There are different …

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BREASTFEEDING WHILE SICK – PRACTICAL ADVICE FROM A LACTATION CONSULTANT

BREASTFEEDING WHILE SICK There is a popular saying that moms don’t get sick days. This is especially true for breastfeeding moms. But moms do get sick. When they do, they want relief. Breastfeeding moms also want to keep their baby healthy and safe. When you are feeling miserable you want to know what will make …

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ESTABLISHING BREASTFEEDING – AVOID COMMON MISTAKES WITH THESE {21} TIPS

ESTABLISHING BREASTFEEDING The first few days after a baby is born is a whirlwind. Moms are expected to learn all sorts of new things when they are running on little sleep and high levels of adrenaline. There will be a laser focus on breastfeeding. If you give birth in a hospital, you will be asked …

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How To Quit Obsessing About Breastfed Baby Weight And Growth Charts

  Are you are a breastfeeding mom who worries about breastfed baby weight? There is a lot of attention paid to a baby’s weight. When a baby arrives one of the first things people want to know is, “How much did the baby weigh?” After learning the weight they may comment, “that’s big!” or perhaps, …

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9 Breastfeeding Must-Haves Smart Moms Won’t Want To Be Without

I know what you’re thinking. Do we really need another list of breastfeeding must-haves? Don’t we already have pages and pages on Google with everyone who has ever breastfed sharing what breastfeeding supplies she thinks are what you need to buy for breastfeeding? This list is different. I’m not just a mom who breastfed her …

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A Fashionista’s Secrets to Dressing for Breastfeeding With Style

Dressing for Breastfeeding With Style When I was enormously 9 months pregnant, I wanted two things. I wanted to hold my baby and I wanted to be able to tuck my shirt in again. After my baby was born, I realized that tucking your shirt in is highly overrated. You may think wearing a shirt …

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HOW CAN I HELP MY FUSSY BREASTFED BABY?

HELPING YOUR FUSSY BREASTFED BABY Babies cry. It’s a fact of life. It’s one of the ways they communicate with us. I remember my husband telling me about a colleague whose new baby was crying all the time. This poor baby could cry for an eight hour stretch. Everyone was miserable. While every baby has …

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Ten Steps to Make Breastfeeding Easier

TEN GAME CHANGING WAYS TO MAKE BREASTFEEDING EASIER Breastfeeding is hard! Breastfeeding is easy! You will hear both of these proclamations. Which is it? The truth is it can be hard for some mamas, and it can be easy peasy for others. I’m going to share ten ways to make breastfeeding easier for you. I am …

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FAST RELIEF FOR SORE NIPPLES WHILE BREASTFEEDING

Nipple pain is one of the most common reasons why women give up breastfeeding. Some women tough it out. But breastfeeding is not a pleasant experience for them. They may even come to dread feedings. Certain situations that cause nipple pain can result in reduced milk transfer. A baby doesn’t get enough milk and doesn’t …

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INCREASE MILK SUPPLY BY PUMPING – 9 GENIUS WAYS

I am going to share my best pumping tips to increase your milk supply. If you are really busy right now and don’t have time to read this whole post you can scroll to the bottom and watch the video where I go over the highlights. Mamas have different motivations for wanting to make more …

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How to Safely Survive a Cold While Breastfeeding

SURVIVING A COLD WHILE BREASTFEEDING One minute you are fine. The next minute you are starting to feel that scratchy throat sensation. You sneeze, your nose starts to run, and then you are in the clutches of a full-blown cold. Nobody likes being sick. Breastfeeding moms have not only themselves to think about. They also …

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FINDING THE BEST TREATMENT FOR THRUSH DURING BREASTFEEDING

TREATMENT FOR THRUSH DURING BREASTFEEDING Yeast infections are a common problem for nursing moms. It is one of the causes of nipple pain while breastfeeding. Painful breastfeeding is one of the most common reasons moms give for weaning early (Source).  If feeding your baby is painful due to thrush, you will want to find a …

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Essential Oils for Nursing Moms

Essential Oils for Nursing Moms Guest Post by Allison Shorter Essential oils are wonderful for so many things including cleaning your home, cosmetic use, and treating injuries. However, there is some debate among professionals about essential oil use for nursing moms and women who are pregnant. Let’s look at essential oil use if you are …

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Super Easy DIY Nursing Scarf Cover

DIY NURSING SCARF COVER Are you a breastfeeding mom who wants to look fashionable? Do you prefer to cover up when you are breastfeeding in public or when you are nursing in front of certain people? Are you looking for an alternative to traditional breastfeeding covers? A DIY nursing scarf cover is the perfect solution! …

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Weaning – How To Stop Breastfeeding

How To Stop Breastfeeding When It’s Time To Wean When you stop breastfeeding having a plan will help you avoid tears and pain. Deciding to wean can happen for different reasons. It may be your decision to stop breastfeeding. Perhaps you had a goal to breastfeed for a certain length of time. You may be …

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BREAST PUMP TIPS AND TRICKS- {11} SECRETS YOU NEED TO KNOW

BREAST PUMP TIPS AND TRICKS – THE SECRETS TO GETTING MORE MILK There is a breast pumping revolution taking place. 85% of breastfeeding moms will use a breast pump by the time their baby is five months old (Source). A mom may pump once. She may pump every few hours for the entire time she …

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BREASTFEEDING CHECKLIST FOR THE PREPARED MAMA

Set yourself up for a positive breastfeeding experience with this checklist created by a lactation consultant and mother of three.
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