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Gallery of Pumped Milk

Human milk changes color, texture, and composition throughout the day and as the baby ages. This gallery of milk is for informational purposes so mothers can feel confident that their milk still “looks good.” Some important points on the look of pumped milk: – The visible fat layer is not an indication of how much […]

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Syringe and Cup Feeding

Bottles may be the most common way we see babies fed, but aren’t the only way to feed a baby off the breast. Some mothers want to avoid bottle preference or choose an alternate feeding method to help the baby get back to the breast. Please visit this article on proper techniques for bottle feeding […]

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See Us in Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine!

The August 2013 issue of Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine features an article about common breastfeeding myths and was written by OLS owner Danielle Downs Spradlin. Some of the myths the article explores include myths about maternal diet, medications for nursing mothers, and alcohol consumption while nursing. Check out the full article by clicking here! Our […]

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Dirty Diaper Gallery

Moms pretty much worry constantly about what goes in and what comes out of our children. Trying to discern what “normal” poop looks like is nearly impossible. This gallery of poop and pee diapers aims to provide a variety of diaper experiences and age ranges. Special thanks to all the babies who so generously made […]

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Top Tips for Top Milk Supply

By far, the most common concern about breastfeeding is adequate milk supply. Here are the top evidence based recommendations for ensuring your short term and long term production. 1. Bring your baby to the breast as soon as possible after birth. Babies are born alert and ready to feed. Babies nursed in the first 2 […]

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Bottle Feeding Human Milk

Storage Guidelines for storing human milk vary slightly depending on the resource you use. This article cites the recommendations from La Leche League International (as posted in the web FAQ) and the Centers for Disease Control website on breastfeeding. Mothers should be encouraged to test their milk whenever they doubt its freshness by smell and […]

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5 Things You Actually Need Before the Baby Comes

1. Water proof mattress pad It’s not for the crib or bassinet. Get a mattress cover for your grown-up bed. During the first weeks postpartum, women lose a lot of fluid. Some experience night sweats, most of us leak milk, and everyone has an unpredictable flow of lochia. Let’s not forget the mess the baby […]

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Are Sore Nipples Par for the Course?

Sore nipples certainly seem to be common, but does that mean it’s normal for breastfeeding to hurt? Simple: No! Comfort Measures for Immediate Relief Until the LC can visit, all mothers deserve pain management. This healing protocol is a good First Aid for sore or damaged nipples. 1. Saline soaks: 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of […]

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My breast feels hot and hard. Is this mastitis?

It could be. Many cases of mastitis begin with a hard knot in the breast. Often this hard spot is caused by a clogged milk duct. What is a clogged duct?      Breast milk contains a variety of fats and proteins so that it is complete nutrition for your baby. The fats and proteins are different […]

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My Latch Looks Good, Right?

One of the most common and unhelpful things mothers are told by well-meaning nurses, doctors, and friends is that their baby’s latch “looks good” when the mother does not feel confident that nursing is going well. The way the latch looks to the outside observer is completely unimportant. In breastfeeding a full-term healthy infant, only […]

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