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Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

  “20years ago, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) launched its first World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) campaign with the theme: “Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative”. So much has happened in these 20 years, it is time to celebrate but also to look back, understand what has happened and why. Then plan what more can be done […]

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Finding Your Perfect Pump

The perfect pump is the one that helps you have a healthy breastfeeding experience. With all the brands and attachments on the market, how do you choose? Here is a breakdown of what’s out there, and what the label really means. Manual vs. Electric Manual breast pumps often pump one breast at a time using […]

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How Much Water Should I Drink?

Many mothers are told that they need to drink a great deal of water in order to make enough milk. So if the idea of 20 glasses a day has your eyeballs floating, fear not! The general recommendation for nursing mothers is drink to thirst. What does “drink to thirst” mean? For some women, it […]

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Placenta Encapsulation: A Traditional Galactagogue

Placentophagy is the mammalian act of the mother consuming the placenta after birth. While there are no clinical trials in humans to prove or disprove the effectiveness of this practice, science shows benefits of placentophagy in other mammals. Mammalian placentas contain high levels of prostaglandin which help the uterus shrink back after birth. Anecdotes suggest […]

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Do I Need a Lactation Consult?

Plenty of moms have “just a quick question” about breastfeeding that really seems simple enough. Internet forums are an easy way to get quick answers or find links to published information. But what happens when that information is contradictory? Or what if your question has many layers that the forum didn’t consider? Or what if […]

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10 Reasons Breastfeeding is Best for the Holidays

1. A nursing baby is a quiet baby, especially at holiday events that require silence. 2. No bottles to travel with. 3. The stores are all closed, but the baby still has plenty of milk. 4. Nursing the baby is a great excuse to leave the room when family togetherness is overwhelming. 5. You’ll burn […]

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Philips’ Study Shows Breastfeeding is Important, but Moms Don’t Meet Their Goals

The Philips Mother & Child Care Index recently released a report that 72% of mothers want to breastfeed “for as long as possible.” However, just over half of mothers surveyed breastfed for 7 to 12 months. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends human milk as the major source of nutrition for the first 12 months. […]

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Milk and Cookies!

Lactation Cookies are oatmeal cookies filled with lactogenic ingredients that can help boost a mother’s milk production. While much of the evidence to support foods and herbs as galactogogues is strictly anecdotal, the mother-to-mother traditions of eating these foods are undeniably long standing. The key ingredients are: Oats Ground Flax Seed Brewer’s Yeast If you […]

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Beware of Holiday Weaning

The holidays are a time when schedules seem to go out the window. Older babes who are well established with solids may be pillaging every plate they see. And Auntie or Granddad or Cousin are probably all too happy to share. This is how accidental holiday weaning happens. You may notice that your babe has […]

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Holiday Travel for Breastfeeding Families

If you’re headed out of town with a new baby, you’re in for an adventure. Travel with the tiny one is something new and different. There will be a learning curve. There are many things to consider for making your trip as smooth as possible, but the one tried and true tip for new parents: […]

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