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How Often Should I Breastfeed?

How Often Should I Breastfeed?

Knowing when to nurse your baby seems like it should be the easiest thing in the world. However, there are so many different recommendations out there about what to do - If you should schedule, if you should not, how long to nurse on each breast, how long to wait in between nursing sessions. It can all become very confusing. However, you and your baby are designed to work together in harmony. Trust that if you respond to your baby and trust your babies nursing cues, you and your baby will find your rhythm together.

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Self Care Must Haves for New Moms

Self Care Must Haves for New Moms

Your postpartum time with your new baby can be a magical time of bonding, snuggles, sweet baby sounds, breastfeeding, healing, and rest. It can also be exhausting, frustrating, physically uncomfortable, and challenging. Focusing on your own care means you will more easily be able to care for your newborn. For many of us, it is hard to put our own needs first - as women we often focus on what is best for the whole group, and put our individual needs behind others. However, when you have just given birth and are caring for a newborn, your needs and the baby’s needs work together in a special way. When you are taken care of, it is easier for you to take care of your baby. Now is the time to focus on what is best for you and your newborn.

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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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Re-Lactation and Induced Lactation: Breastfeeding After a Break or When You Never Have

Re-Lactation and Induced Lactation: Breastfeeding After a Break or When You Never Have

Breastfeeding after a period of not lactating is possible! If you changed your mind and want to breastfeed your baby longer, or if you couldn’t breastfeed for a period of time because of illness or a needed medication - no matter the reason, you can breastfeed your baby again. Did you know that’s it is also possible to induce lactation if you have never given birth or been pregnant? Relactation is bringing your milk back after a period of not lactating. Induced lactation is making milk when you have not previously.

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Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

For a new mama, nothing is more important than seeing her baby thrive and grow. Nursing a baby for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Between making sure you have a good latch, dealing with sore nipples (what IS normal anyway?), and making sure you have snacks and water within reach, it is so easy to get frustrated. However, more than anything else, new mamas worry about their babies getting enough milk.

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The Relationship Between Breastfeeding and Menstruation

The Relationship Between Breastfeeding and Menstruation

The intricacies of the human body are almost magical, with no one system or function working entirely on its own. Within a mother’s body, the processes that lead to menstruation, pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are all interconnected. Just a handful of hormones can dictate each of these functions, with different organs and actions responding in their own way. A fascinating and, sometimes, bewildering example of this is the relationship between menstruation and breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding When Sick

Breastfeeding When Sick

Bonding with your child and providing them with nutrition make breastfeeding a magical experience. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t feel all that wonderful. When you’re sick and still breastfeeding, you might feel drained and worn out. You might wonder whether it’s safe to keep breastfeeding while sick. The short answer is that – in the vast majority of cases – you absolutely can continue breastfeeding while sick. The long answer tells us a lot about breastfeeding and how you and your baby interact.

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How to Increase Your Breastmilk Supply Quickly

How to Increase Your Breastmilk Supply Quickly

Breastmilk supply is possibly the most uncertain, concerning part of feeding our babies. We can’t see how much they are drinking, and what we don’t know can be worrisome. Many times, concerns about low breastmilk supply are just a mother’s heightened concern or someone else’s unfounded worry. But sometimes, we really do need to increase breastmilk supply quickly in order to fix or avoid a problem.

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Breastfeeding 101

Breastfeeding 101

When you’re new to breastfeeding or need a refresher, the amount of information can be both overwhelming and completely unhelpful. Everyone has an opinion, but few have real answers to offer. Sorting through it all can be frustrating when all you want are the basics. What do I need to know to take the next right step? Start here, with Breastfeeding 101, and I’ll walk you through just what you need to know to keep moving along your breastfeeding journey.

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Pumping Breast Milk to Return to Work

Pumping Breast Milk to Return to Work

The postpartum phase is such a time of mixed emotions, from the bliss of getting to know your new little one to the struggles of learning to care for them. When you add the impending return to work, all of those emotions and stresses seem to be amplified. Don’t let a fear of pumping keep you from continuing your nursing relationship. It can feel like a lot of work, but you can do it. Yes, you really can do it!

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