11 Great Breastfeeding Accessories

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In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, I wanted to share a few breastfeeding accessories that I felt extremely helpful during my 13 month run breastfeeding my son. I am also currently expecting my second child, who I plan to also breastfeed, so this list will serve as a great reminder of what accessories I need to stock up on ahead of time! This list isn't all … [Read more...]

How To Have A Successful Breastfeeding Relationship

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One thing I am most proud of is that I breastfed my son for three whole years. The journey was beautiful, but it wasn't always easy. I experienced pain, soreness, and three cases of mastitis. Along the way I'd like to think I became somewhat of an expert and I learned when to ask for help and where to get said help! Because breastfeeding should be a beautiful and natural thing, … [Read more...]

Live, Love, Latch! 2015

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It's August, which means it's National Breastfeeding Month!Odds are, if you're reading this blog, you have at least heard of La Leche League. It is an international organization aimed at helping new mothers breastfeed through support, information, encouragement, and education. They also work hard to promote a better understanding of the importance of breastfeeding as an … [Read more...]

Lip and Tongue Tie Revision Saved Our Breastfeeding Relationship

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This is a guest post by Annie C. Humphrey, a history professor in Burlington who recently gave birth to her first child. After years of dreaming, fertility treatment, and nine months of preparation, my son was born by an natural birth in the hospital. I knew the importance of skin-to-skin contact and initiating breastfeeding as soon as possible, so I helped my son latch on to … [Read more...]

Caitlyn Jenner’s Breasts But Not Mine, Right?!

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Look how far we’ve come. Look how far we still have to go .....A few days ago, you could not turn on the TV, open Facebook, read an article or type a tweet without seeing Caitlyn Jenner pushing up her new girls for the world to admire. And we admired. Good for her! Power to you Caitlyn! Work it Girl! For the most part we accepted. Amazing, wonderful, I am so glad that we … [Read more...]

New Study Finds Babies Breastfed Longer Are More Intelligent

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We know that breastfeeding your baby has an abundance of benefits including increasing your baby's immunity, reduced ear infections, lower risk for asthma, lower chance of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol later in life and much more. Bottom line - it's good for your baby.However, there has long been a debate about how long an infant should be … [Read more...]

Great Snacks To Bring The Breastfeeding Mom

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If you've ever breastfed, you know it makes you hungry. I'm talking crazy, need-to-eat-24-hours-a-day hungry. So I've rounded up some great snacks for the breastfeeding mom, who's generally tired and has little time on her hands. How about making these as a gift to bring your new mom friend? She'll be so grateful that you helped her out in her time of need!Granola Bars- … [Read more...]

New Research Suggests That Breastfeeding Can Reduce Infant’s Arsenic Exposure – Growing Your Baby

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The benefits of breastfeeding has been long documented, and we know that nursing our infants can boost their intelligence, increase their immunity, and reduce their chances of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol later in life. Now a new study from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire has found that when we breastfeed our children, it can … [Read more...]

App Brings Lactation Consultant into Your Home!

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Ever had a hard time finding a lactation consultant? Breastfeeding can have many challenges, so finding the right support along with the right person to answer your questions is crucial.Enter the Doctor on Demand app, which brings a Board Certified lactation consultant into your home! No driving around with a new baby- you can access the video visits from your computer or … [Read more...]

Tips For Being a Breastfeeding, Working Mom

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Four years ago I was in the middle of my maternity leave and pumping like crazy to prepare for my return to work the first week of February. I was nervous; anxious even. How would I pump enough? How would I emotionally handle being away from my baby?  How would I balance work and motherhood?Truly, if I learned anything, it was to take things one day at a time. Nursing is an … [Read more...]

San Diego Bebe TWIN Nursing Pillow Review

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 Are you or someone you know expecting twins and hoping to breastfeed? When I was registering for my twin baby shower, I knew I needed to rethink my nursing pillow situation. Of course, I still had the pillow I had used with my first born, but how the heck was I going to nurse two babies at the same time?! That’s when I stumbled upon the San Diego Bebe Twin Nursing … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Twins: The Tools of the Trade

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In December 2012, a friend of mine found out she was having twins. My sweet friend began researching all sorts of twin related info, and as a follower of hers on Pinterest, I was privy to her twin-spired Pins. For example, a video of a woman nursing her twins. Curious about the life my cherished friend had in store, I watched the video. And my mouth dropped. This is a … [Read more...]

5 Foods That Increase Milk Supply

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Tomorrow is the start of Ramadan, a very special month where Muslims fast from both food and drink from sunrise to sunset, in order to focus on themselves and their spiritual journey. Most nursing mothers do not fast during this time, but for those who do feel comfortable breastfeeding and fasting, here are five food items that can increase milk supply. 1. … [Read more...]

My Thoughts on Breastfeeding

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  Jami is a stay at home mom of 4 girls. She recently moved halfway across the country and is trying to put down strong roots in the Midwest. Currently, her life revolves around her kids, but she is planning to start nursing school within the next year. You can also find her at Following the Bus.  I never had any intentions of breastfeeding my children. When I … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding and Fertility- Four Periods In Four Years?

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When I first started breastfeeding, I really had no idea what my goals were. In all honesty, I was probably winging it. I didn't know anything about teething, growth spurts or cosleeping. At two weeks old, we attended our first La Leche League meeting, and it was here that we learned about many different aspects of breastfeeding, from the nutritional benefits, to the affects on … [Read more...]