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What No One Tells You About 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...

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Using a Supplemental Nursing System (SNS)

A Supplemental Nursing System is a breastfeeding accessory that can come in handy when you need to supplement or to help a baby with a weak suck. They can be tricky to use. This is a step-by-step video to help you. It goes over both the Starter SNS and Regular...

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Going Dairy Free for Your Breastfeeding Baby

Going Dairy Free   for Your   Breastfeeding Baby   I learned quickly that going dairy free for your breastfeeding baby could be very helpful when a baby is very fussy.   Early in my lactation career, I got a call from a mom that went like this:...

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Feeding a Sleepy Baby

  Many moms think that their baby will be ready and waiting to breastfeed as soon as they are born. It is true that some babies will do just that. Many babies will continue feeding frequently. Everybody will be happy, and no one will worry. Then there are the...

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Milky Minutes – Bottle Refusal

Having a breastfeeding baby who refuses to take a bottle can cause panic in even the calmest mama. Let's face it, bottle refusal can be stressful for both the mom and the person watching taking care of a baby in her absence. If you are experiencing bottle refusal with...

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The Reluctant Weanling-Weaning a Toddler

Are you mom enough? That was the title on the cover of Time in May 2012. It was about a mom who believed in attachment parenting and was breastfeeding her three-year-old. There was a picture of her doing just that, for all the world to see and react to....

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Milky Minutes – THE Secret to Getting Rid of a Clogged Duct

A lot of moms get a clogged duct at one time or another during their breastfeeding journey. Some moms get the more than once. The really unlucky moms get them again and again. A clogged duct is a pain, literally.  You'll know you have a clogged duct if you have a...

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Dealing With Thrush While Breastfeeding

There are three things moms worry about when they start breastfeeding. Sore nipples, not having enough milk and mastitis. I have written about all three. Thrush falls under sore nipples but deserves an article all of its own. Thrush and yeast refer to the same thing,...

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Milky Minutes – Breastfeeding and Baby’s Hands

  Babies love their hands. When a baby is new he will love to suck on his hands; when he gets older, he will try to cram both of them into his mouth at the same time. There will come a time when a baby will stare at his hands in fascination. Then begins the stage...

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Mastitis, Clogged Ducts and Blebs

  Ouch! Whichever condition you are worried about, it hurts. It doesn't look right. It doesn’t feel right. You may be trying to figure out whether you have a plugged duct or a full-blown case of mastitis. You want to find out if there’s anything you can do about...

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Breastfeeding and Reflux

  Spit Happens Does your baby have reflux? Most babies do. Reflux means that your baby spits up. When people say their baby has reflux, they may mean that he has GERD, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, which means that a baby not only spits up, but is in pain, or...

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Breastfeeding and Depression

Why Do New Moms Feel Sad? A new mom walks into my office at four days postpartum and within minutes, sometimes within seconds, she bursts into tears. She says, “I don’t know why I’m crying.” I reassure her that almost everyone cries around four days after they’ve had...

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

I’m Back! I took a few weeks off for the holidays to be with my family. While I consider this blog to be my newest baby, my human family is the most important thing to me in the world. My kids are all grown up adults now, with jobs and lives of their own. All those...

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Sore Nipples

Sore Nipples– Normal, or Sign of a Problem? A mom having sore nipples is one of the reasons given most frequently for ending her breastfeeding journey sooner than she had planned. Some women tough it out, but breastfeeding is not a pleasant...

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