A Fashionista’s Secrets to Dressing for Breastfeeding With Style
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A Fashionista’s Secrets to 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. I hadn’t given dressing for breastfeeding a single thought. After my baby was born, I realized that tucking your shirt in is highly overrated. You may…

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

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. Establishing breastfeeding will be a priority. If you give birth in a hospital, you will be asked how often your baby…

Why Breastfeeding Is Important
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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…

Intermittent Fasting While Breastfeeding – What You Need To Know
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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…

5 Best Supplements To Increase Milk Supply
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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…

Funny and Beautiful Breastfeeding Quotes
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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….

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

How To  Easily Have  A Healthy Eating Plan For Breastfeeding Mothers
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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…

What No One Tells You About Nipple Shields for Breastfeeding
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What No One Tells You About Nipple Shields for Breastfeeding

Nipple shields for breastfeeding are frequently recommended for a variety of 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…

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

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

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 affect how much impact…

Genius Tips For Weight Loss While Breastfeeding
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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…

How To Appreciate Nighttime Breastfeeding
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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…

How to Survive Biting During Breastfeeding – Without Weaning
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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…

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

Breastfeeding Growth Spurts – A Lactation Consultant Answers Your Questions
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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…

How To Hand Express Breast Milk – And Why You Should
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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…

Can Breastfeeding and Depression Safely Co-exist?
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Can Breastfeeding and Depression Safely Co-exist?

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 attention these days….

Breastfeeding FAQs Answered By A Lactation Consultant
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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. The current breastfeeding recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are exclusive breastfeeding for the first six…

Help For Mastitis – A Lactation Consultant’s Practical Advice
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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…

How To Get Breastfeeding Help When You Are Struggling
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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…

7 Essential Things To Know About Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes
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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….

{10} Genius Ideas of What to Do With Leftover Breast Milk
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{10} Genius Ideas of 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 Colorado and it’s really dry. We need…

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

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 baby. If you are…

BREAST ENGORGEMENT REMEDIES – SMART MOM’S ESSENTIAL GUIDE
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BREAST ENGORGEMENT REMEDIES – SMART MOM’S ESSENTIAL GUIDE

YOUR GUIDE TO BREAST ENGORGEMENT REMEDIES When your milk comes in, you should expect some drama. That drama is called breast engorgement. When that happens you are going to want the most effective breast engorgement remedies. New moms often ask me how they will be able to tell if their milk is coming in. I…

BREAST REFUSAL DOESN’T MEAN YOUR BABY HATES BREASTFEEDING
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BREAST REFUSAL DOESN’T MEAN YOUR BABY HATES BREASTFEEDING

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 causes for…

BREASTFEEDING WHILE SICK – PRACTICAL ADVICE FROM A LACTATION CONSULTANT
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BREASTFEEDING WHILE SICK – PRACTICAL ADVICE FROM A LACTATION CONSULTANT

When you are feeling miserable you want to know what will make you feel better. You also need fact-based information about 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…

How To Quit Obsessing About Breastfed Baby Weight And Growth Charts
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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, “oh,…

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

HOW CAN I HELP MY FUSSY BREASTFED BABY?
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HOW CAN I HELP MY FUSSY BREASTFED BABY?

Babies cry. It’s a fact of life. It’s one of the ways they communicate with us. But having a fussy breastfed baby can make everyone in the household cranky. 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…

Ten Steps to Make Breastfeeding Easier
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Ten Steps 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. And even when things are going well, these ten ways to make breastfeeding easier will help you have a more enjoyable breastfeeding…

FAST RELIEF FOR SORE NIPPLES WHILE BREASTFEEDING
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FAST RELIEF FOR SORE NIPPLES WHILE BREASTFEEDING

If you are struggling with sore nipples you want relief ASAP. 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…

INCREASE MILK SUPPLY BY PUMPING – 10 GENIUS WAYS
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INCREASE MILK SUPPLY BY PUMPING – 10 GENIUS WAYS

Do you worry about how much milk you are making? Many moms worry about their milk supply. Whether you need a temporary boost in supply to build a freezer stash or you are dealing with a low milk supply, you can increase milk supply by pumping. It is a breastfeeding truth that most moms make…

BREASTFEEDING WITH A COLD – HOW TO SAFELY SURVIVE
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BREASTFEEDING WITH A COLD – HOW TO SAFELY SURVIVE

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 with a cold presents an additional concern. Breastfeeding moms have not only themselves to think…

FINDING THE BEST TREATMENT FOR THRUSH DURING BREASTFEEDING
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FINDING THE BEST TREATMENT FOR THRUSH DURING BREASTFEEDING

Are you struggling with thrush during breastfeeding? Nipple thrush is also called a yeast infection. 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…

Essential Oils for Nursing Moms
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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 one of these women. When…

Super Easy DIY Nursing Cover Scarf
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Super Easy DIY Nursing Cover Scarf

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! When I wrote about…

29 Ultimate Breastfeeding Hacks for New Moms
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29 Ultimate Breastfeeding Hacks for New Moms

Let’s be real, breastfeeding can be hard. I have been a  lactation consultant for over 25 years. I breastfed my own babies for a total of four years. These are the best of the best breastfeeding hacks to make it easier. I am going to cover everything from how to stay well hydrated, to being an…

Round-Up: The Worst Breastfeeding Advice Moms Have Heard
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Round-Up: The Worst Breastfeeding Advice Moms Have Heard

There’s nothing like unsolicited advice. Moms get a lot of it. It usually starts the minute people find out that you are pregnant and continues for the rest of your parenting days. My three kids are all adults and I still get unasked for advice on how to parent. While I believe most people mean…

11 GENIUS TIPS FOR BOTTLE FEEDING A BREASTFED BABY
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11 GENIUS TIPS FOR BOTTLE FEEDING A BREASTFED BABY

New moms often ask me when it is okay to start bottle feeding a breastfed baby. Some moms will wonder if bottles are a good idea at all if you are breastfeeding. Nobody wants to have to deal with the dreaded bottle refusal. If breastfeeding is going well you don’t want to mess it up…

The Ultimate List of the 9 Best Breastfeeding Accessories
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The Ultimate List of the 9 Best Breastfeeding Accessories

When an expectant mom is preparing for the arrival of her baby she wants to know what she will need for breastfeeding. The lists can be overwhelming. I want to share what you really need. This list is what other moms have said were the best breastfeeding accessories to have. Deciding which breastfeeding accessories you…

Breastfeeding the First Week: 5 Easy to Remember Tips
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Breastfeeding the First Week: 5 Easy to Remember Tips

Breastfeeding the first week is going to be a whirlwind. You will be getting to know your new baby and learning how to nurse. You’ll also be recovering from childbirth. As a sleep-deprived new mom, you need tips that are easy to remember. Keep reading to find out the five things that will get you…

WHY IS MY BABY CLUSTER FEEDING? – ALL THE ANSWERS
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WHY IS MY BABY CLUSTER FEEDING? – ALL THE ANSWERS

When a baby eats very frequently it is called cluster feeding. Many new moms worry that frequent feeding means that their baby is not getting enough to eat. It is a terrible feeling, worrying that your baby is not getting enough to eat. I get asked by moms all the time, “Why is my baby…