My Personal Breastfeeding Journey

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Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month? I thought this would be a great time to share my personal breastfeeding journey with all of you. My mother breastfed me and my grandmother breastfed my mom, so from what I know (or as far back as my grandma can trace) every mom in my family line has been a breastfeeder. So it was never something I … [Read more...]

7 Breastfeeding Terms You Need To Know

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Before I actually started breastfeeding I had a pretty limited knowledge of what all it would entail. I recalled my mom breastfeeding my two sisters and there was mention of it in my Bradley birth class. I really wanted to nurse my baby, and do it well, but the actual logistics of breastfeeding were a bit of a mystery to me. Now, with 48 months of breastfeeding in my past … [Read more...]

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...]

Medela Freestyle Electric Breast Pump Review

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When I was pregnant with my first, I had a long list of baby essentials I was convinced I needed. Everything from the Moby Wrap to the Boppy to the Bumbo, the Jumbo, the Mumbo, the who knows what. Honestly, this time around as I'm pregnant with my second, the only thing that was really on my list of must haves was an electric breast pump. I am not exaggerating when I say that I … [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...]

Shows to Binge Watch And Skip While Nursing in the Middle of the Night

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After having my twins, I spent countless hours streaming television while nursing in the middle of the night. My kids would take at least an hour to feed during each breastfeeding session, which allowed me plenty of time to watch the latest and greatest that Netfix and Hulu have to offer. Here are my 10 shows to binge watch (and 9 to skip) while nursing in the middle of the … [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...]

11 Dairy-Free Meals

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Why go dairy-free in your eating habits? Here's a few common reasons ... Dairy sensitivity or intolerance Gut healing Nursing mama starting an elimination diet to help baby's digestion, mood or skin Reduce calories I'm on the very forefront of exploring dairy-free eating and I've been learning a lot about alternatives and culinary styles that bend towards being … [Read more...]

What to Expect When You are Breastfeeding (VIDEO)

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Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby, but it can be very overwhelming for a brand new mom who doesn't know what to expect. The media makes it look glamorous with images of a gorgeous, perfect mother sitting in a white flowing dress and calmly feeding her newborn as the heavens open up and the angels sing. And then there is reality. My … [Read more...]

Making Mama’s Milk & More Cookies

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When it comes to breastfeeding supplies I can rattle on and on about my favorite nursing tanks, bras and other accessories. When you're going to be snuggling that little one around the clock, you just gotta know that there are a number of essentials! But one of my very top, ultimate favorites is Making Mama's Milk & More Cookies. Here's the scoop ... one breastfeeding … [Read more...]

World Breastfeeding Week 2013

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Did you know that since 1992, August 1st to 7th became World Breastfeeding Week? Neither did I! And that it is supported by UNICEF, WHO, FAO and ministries of health in many countries? Nope, me neither. This year, the makers are turning the focus to Breastfeeding Support and Peer Counseling. I am thrilled about this because lack of support is the number one reason why so … [Read more...]

Three Things I’ll Tell My Sisters About Breastfeeding

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My sisters don't yet have children, but while I'm in the thick of mothering, specifically breastfeeding, I wanted to log away a few of my thoughts and feelings. This is everything I'd tell a good friend or an expectant mama with a listening ear too, so I thought, why not share here?  First, sisters of mine, DO YOUR RESEARCH. If you were planning to do a specific activity … [Read more...]