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Breastfeeding and Sexuality

Breastfeeding and Sexuality

While there is nothing inherently wrong with appreciating the beauty of a woman’s body, this single focus can make things confusing when a woman breastfeeds. When you have only experienced your breasts as sexual, breastfeeding can lead to some conflicting feelings.

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Five Benefits to Extended Breastfeeding

Five Benefits to Extended Breastfeeding

Extended breastfeeding, or breastfeeding beyond the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended 1 year of age is still far from the norm in the United States, although there are many reasons why a mother and child may choose to continue their nursing relationship. Here are some common reasons why mothers may choose to continue to nurse beyond a year.

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Baby's First Foods

Baby's First Foods

You may have heard that your baby will be ready for solid food when she is six months old. You may have also heard that a good first solid food is a bland single ingredient food like rice cereal. While these general guidelines are not necessarily harmful, they are not true for all babies, and rice cereal generally isn’t the best thing to give your baby as a first solid. There are signs you can look for that will indicate when your baby is ready to start solids. And you can most likely forgo the prepackaged baby foods altogether if you want to.

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How Breastfeeding Changes As Baby Grows

How Breastfeeding Changes As Baby Grows

Breastfeeding changes as your baby gets older. But how, exactly? One of the amazing things about your breastmilk is that it does change in composition based on what your baby and growing child needs. But beyond that, how does your experience of breastfeeding change? Once you have moved beyond the first three months of non-stop nursing and are more out and about, what is it like then? Once you have gotten your latch down, when you can just put your baby in the general area of your breast, what are the challenges then? Well, there are still some. They aren’t as challenging as the sore nipples and latch issues of the first couple of weeks, and they may even be kind of funny, but they are still there.

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How to Achieve A Proper Breastfeeding Latch

How to Achieve A Proper Breastfeeding Latch

A good latch is the strong foundation you need to have a successful breastfeeding experience. A healthy latch will reduce nipple soreness and encourage your baby to suckle deeply, which stimulates your milk to flow. Sometimes a good latch comes easily, but in many cases, you will need to work with your baby to get the latch you need. This is the first time for your baby to breastfeed too! And don’t worry, soon enough you and your baby will be breastfeeding easily, and you won’t even have to think about it. It may take some work to get there, but you can most likely meet your breastfeeding goals.

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Normal Weight Gain for Breastfed Babies

Normal Weight Gain for Breastfed Babies

If there is anything a new momma wants more than anything else, it is for her baby to be healthy and thriving. One of the main ways that we can tell your baby is healthy is through her weight gain. Knowing what to look for, how much your baby should be gaining, and how to know what is healthy goes a long way towards relieving any worry you may have.

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Do I Need A Breast Pump?

Do I Need A Breast Pump?

Do you really need a breast pump? It’s become a standard assumption that most moms will need a breast pump to increase their supply of breastmilk. Here we explore the reasons why you may or may not need a breast pump so you can make your own decision about this sometimes pricey and frustrating piece of equipment.

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What I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding Before Baby Was Born

What I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding Before Baby Was Born

We all have our ideas about how breastfeeding will go for us, especially if we haven’t breastfed before.  Well reality is usually much, much different. And there is not that much glowing. There are latch issues, and fussy babes, and tired mamas, and sore nipples, and everyone is worn out and cranky and in need of some food and a nap.

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Living Your Courageous Heart Centered Life

Living Your Courageous Heart Centered Life

Learning to develop heart-centered life/birth/parenting decision-making is an art and a skill that requires cultivation.  Cultivating the full-body-yes feeling leads to living/birthing/parenting authentically and courageously.

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