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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11 GENIUS TIPS FOR BOTTLE FEEDING A BREASTFED BABY

TIPS FOR BOTTLE FEEDING A BREASTFED BABY If you’re a brand-new breastfeeding mom, you may be wondering when you can introduce a bottle to your breastfed baby. Some moms might even wonder if they should give their little one a bottle. Full disclosure, I’m a lactation lady who believes that that breastfed babies should take a …

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The Ultimate List of the 9 Best Breastfeeding Accessories

The Best Breastfeeding Accessories Have you ever put the word “breastfeeding” into the Amazon search bar? You’ll get over 20,000 results! And searching on Pinterest is not much better. (There is even one item I see on a lot of those lists that makes me cringe. I’ll tell you which one that is a little …

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WHY IS MY BABY CLUSTER FEEDING? – ALL THE ANSWERS

WHY IS MY BABY CLUSTER FEEDING?   It is a terrible feeling, worrying that your baby is not getting enough to eat. Many new moms worry about this when their newborn eats very frequently. Very frequent feeding is called “cluster feeding.” There are different reasons for those times when it can be hard to distinguish …

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Breastfeeding Your Newborn the First Day – All You Need to Know

BREASTFEEDING YOUR NEWBORN THE FIRST DAY Your brand-new baby has arrived. You have been waiting nine months for this moment. Now what?  Breastfeeding is so important to you, and you want to make sure you do everything you can to get it right. The most important piece of advice to getting it right is to …

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Epic Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

BREASTFEEDING AND RETURNING TO WORK Breastfeeding and working can be challenging, but it has so many benefits. Continuing to breastfeed when you go back to work may seem like it is going to be a lot of work and a big, fat hassle. I can assure you, it is worth it. Breastfeeding has both short …

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13 Essential Ways to Prepare for Breastfeeding While Pregnant

If breastfeeding is so natural, why can it be so hard to do? Because while a mom may plan to breastfeed, she doesn’t often prepare to breastfeed. It’s common to take birthing classes, buy a diaper bag, and think about what kind of breast pump you should get. Having a good breastfeeding experience involves more …

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WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT BREASTFEEDING AND SIDS STATISTICS

BREASTFEEDING AND SIDS STATISTICS SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is every new parent’s worst fear. Breastfeeding has a dramatic impact on SIDS statistics.   WHAT IS SIDS? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of a baby that has no explanation. It occurs in children who are one month to one year old. The …

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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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3 Holiday Foods That Decrease Milk Supply While Breastfeeding

THE HOLIDAY FOODS THAT DECREASE MILK SUPPLY WHILE BREASTFEEDING I get calls from frantic breastfeeding moms every holiday season. They are worried because, all of a sudden, they are making less milk than they normally do. They want to know what tips I have to help them increase their milk supply fast. Don’t be that …

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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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13 LIFE CHANGING BREASTFEEDING LATCH TRICKS

LIFE-CHANGING BREASTFEEDING LATCH TRICKS I will never forget the first time a mom told me I had changed her life. Angela came to me because breastfeeding was causing her nipples to hurt. Wait, maybe “hurt” isn’t the right word. She looked at me with tears in her eyes and said. “I really wanted to breastfeed …

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BREAST PUMP – LAZY MOM’S GUIDE

Please share!216sharesShareTweetPin It!HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BREAST PUMP Do you know what is one of the least favorite things about breastfeeding? Cleaning breast pump parts. I have never heard a mom say this was something she looks forward to. Not once. That probably doesn’t come as a big surprise to you. It’s the breastfeeding equivalent …

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21 Ways to Make Sure You Are Bed-sharing Safely

Please share!118sharesShareTweetPin It!21 Ways Make Sure You Are Bed-Sharing Safely  The best laid plans. I wasn’t planning to bed-share when I had my first baby. The issue of bed-sharing safety never even crossed my mind. I thought a baby in my bed would disrupt my sleep. Then baby Nicholas came along and laughed at my …

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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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Exclusive Pumping – Everything You Need to Consider

Exclusive Pumping     Sometimes when breastfeeding gets really hard a mom will ask, “Can I just pump and bottle feed?” This is know as exclusive pumping, or EP. And it’s a huge commitment. It takes time, energy and dedication.  Studies have shown that about 6% of moms are exclusively pumping.   Why Choose Exclusive Pumping? …

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15 Essentials Every Mom Needs in a Breastfeeding Basket

Please share!710sharesShareTweetPin It!Why Every Mom Needs These 15 Essentials in a Breastfeeding Basket  Breastfeeding takes a lot of time. I am not going to do the math. Trust me, it takes a lot of time. I never tried to calculate all the hours that I breastfed, because, what’s the point? It is time well invested. …

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What No One Tells You About Nipple Shields for Breastfeeding

NIPPLE SHIELDS FOR BREASTFEEDING I was alarmed when I saw nipple shields on so many Pinterest “breastfeeding essentials” lists. Pinterest is the place that so many new and expectant moms go to see what accessories they will need for breastfeeding. They want to be ready. I started reading the mommy blogs about breastfeeding and found the …

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Too Much of a Good Thing – How to Decrease Breast Milk Supply

How To Decrease Breast Milk Supply “If breastfeeding is so natural, why is it so hard?” We’ve all seen the pictures of the blissfully content mother cradling her infant at her breast. And isn’t it true that they are usually in a rocking chair? Would your picture show a miserable mother and miserable baby? Do …

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Milky Minute -Breastfeeding Failure and Guilt – Don’t Let it be a Thing

Milky Minute – Breastfeeding Failure and Guilt  Don’t Let it be a Thing I did a consult with a mom recently. As I got her history she said she was exclusively pumping and bottle feeding. She said she ran out of patience with the problems they were having with latch. I sensed that she felt guilty about this decision. I …

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Finding Your Breastfeeding Support

Finding Your Breastfeeding Tribe Moms need other moms. You weren’t meant to go through this powerful experience on your own. When you are breastfeeding, it is very important to find other breastfeeding moms, or what I like to call, your breastfeeding tribe. If I’m feeling really clever, it becomes your breastfeeding sisterhood.  My Story When …

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