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Road test: Parent approved double electric breast pumps

Total package Evenflo Deluxe Advanced, $140 Don’t let its price tag fool you! This wallet-friendly choice comes fully loaded with everything milk-making mamas might need, from a convenient carryall and cooler, to three flange sizes, to access to lactation expert … Continue reading

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Lactation tolerant

Motherhood comes with a great many fears. It’s par for the course, as they say. You worry you won’t be able to give your baby everything she needs … or you fret about being a “good” parent. As natural and instinctive … Continue reading

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Nursing school

1 | Save time and never waste a single drop by pumping directly into the bag. (Fits most pumps.) Lansinoh breast milk storage bags, $6 for 25; pump adapter, $5 2 | Adjustable coverage that doubles as a stylish accessory … Continue reading

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The feed

I am a true believer in the benefits of breastfeeding—I’ve interviewed experts and written articles on this topic—so it is with some shame that I confess … I am a formula feeder. With each baby, I have tried breastfeeding only … Continue reading

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Back to work

As much as any mama loves an excuse to cuddle with her baby, it’s not always feasible for mom to be there ‘round the clock, ready to nurse. Whether you’re heading back to work, your partner wants to take a … Continue reading

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How-to: Breastfeed like a pro after a C-section

Snuggle up “Skin-to-skin is when baby is placed directly on the mother’s abdomen and chest after delivery and has benefits to helping infants transition to life outside the womb,” explains Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC, founder of Lactation Link. Even moms … Continue reading

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Foodie from the start

Chicken nuggets or noodles and the occasional pizza: Anything else elicits a skeptical eye and a wrinkled nose from 6-year-old Sean W. “A lot of times he’ll say he doesn’t like something before he even tries it,” says his mother, … Continue reading

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Yes, you can breastfeed your baby

“Are you going to breastfeed?” This was consistently the second or third question friends, family and strangers would ask in our conversations about my impending bundle of joy. My response was equally common: “I’m going to try! We’ll see how … Continue reading

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How-to: Ask for help postpartum

You are amazing—you carried and brought a babe into the world!—but don’t think you have to be supermom. It’s normal to need a helping hand (or three) as you adjust to life with a wee one. Here’s how to find support … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding on the fly

If you’re a mom who travels often (whether for business trips or family vacations), you likely have at least one memorable tale of nursing or pumping in an airport. From cramming into a tiny bathroom stall to futilely trying not … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Weaning

Q: Our son is approaching his first birthday, and I am struggling with the breastfeeding/ weaning issue. I am starting to feel myself getting annoyed with his demands, but because it is something he enjoys and a way we bond, … Continue reading

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Open sesame

After feeding, bathing or carrying baby, open up your chest with these poses from Karly Treacy, certified SmartFLOW yoga instructor and mom of three in Venice, California. Lazy boy chest opener Make a “recliner” by propping up a bolster with … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Pumping

We tapped Helen Anderson, MSN, BSN, RN, CLE, founder of Milkies and chief lactation officer at Fairhaven Health, to answer your top questions on pumping breast milk. How soon after baby is born should I start pumping? It depends. Pumping during … Continue reading

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Big decisions

While expecting, moms-and dads-to-be will need to ask themselves a lot of questions about how they want to bring baby into the world and how to care for her once she’s finally here. Some decisions (like a color for the … Continue reading

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Week 37: Why I’m nervous to breastfeed again

My first experience with breastfeeding was an absolute dream. Well, to be fair we had a rocky first two weeks, but that was only because I was given some terrible advice from my pediatrician. Once I trusted my mama instincts, … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Donating breast milk

I have an abundant milk supply—so much so that our freezer is nearly at capacity. I’ve considered donating the milk, but it seems daunting. Where do I even begin? A: What happens when you have an amazing supply and a … Continue reading

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Breast milk down the drain

I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home after a week-long business trip. This post was supposed to be submitted yesterday but, as is the case with so much of my life, I’m behind. I have some time … Continue reading

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Worth the waiting: The birth of Maxwell

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am so impatient. It really is one of my worst qualities. I cannot wait patiently for anything. So, after my due date, I just wanted to be induced. I was so ready. The … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved breast pumps

CUSTOM FIT Evenflo Feeding Deluxe Advanced, $140 “Deciphering the world of pumping can be daunting, but Evenflo makes it easier with a simple instruction manual that even spells out how to adjust settings (for speed and suction) based on whether … Continue reading

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Breast and bottle

In my world, breast and bottle are friends, not enemies. I arrived at the decision to use both forms of feeding over the course of much trial and error. Having gone through every form and combination of feeding more than … Continue reading

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How your partner can help with breastfeeding

It can be hard for a co-parent to know how to help when mom’s exclusively breastfeeding, but there are plenty of ways to get involved. Amy O’Malley, RN, MSN, director of education and clinical services at Medela, Inc., and David … Continue reading

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Busted!

Pregnant women and new mothers sometimes feel like magnets for unsolicited advice. A trip to the grocery store or a walk to the mailbox can turn into a lesson in feeding, diapering or the all-sacred infant sleep schedule. Since every … Continue reading

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Sore nipples—what’s normal and what’s not

Worries about poor latches and nipple pain top the list of expectant moms’ breastfeeding concerns, according to a Lansinoh survey of over 13,000 women. The good news is that pain is not an inevitable part of breastfeeding.“Pain is not normal,” … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding secrets every new mom should know

Before my baby was born, I read stacks of articles about breastfeeding. I figured I was prepared for sore nipples, swollen breasts and anything else nursing threw my way—but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Some of the surprises in store were … Continue reading

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Know your rights

When it comes to breastfeeding, know that the law is on your side. Throughout the U.S., there is legislation to protect nursing moms—whether it’s guaranteeing them time to pump or making sure they’re able to feed baby wherever they need. Here’s … Continue reading

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It takes a village

1. Lactating will leave you thirsty, so have a high-capacity water bottle on hand. bkr 1-liter bottle, $45 2. Earphones for mom, a sensor for baby and a smartphone are all you need to get real-time reports on your munchkin’s milk … Continue reading

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A breastfeeding survival story

My sister-in-law, who nursed all six of her children, never told anyone to give up on breastfeeding … until I came along. Even with all her coaching and encouragement, I was so emotional and stressed that she said, “You know, … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding positions

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New mom support group

I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’m back again to talk about nursing and how very, very hard it is for me. With all four kids I’ve given it my best effort, and all four times I’ve spent … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Boosting milk supply

Q: I’m worried I’m not producing enough milk. What can I do to boost my supply? A: Concern about your milk supply is normal. In fact, research shows most moms doubt their milk-making capabilities at some point. There is even … Continue reading

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Let’s take a drive

I have no ability to comprehend how eight weeks have already gone by. On the one hand it seems like just yesterday I was writing blog posts about how I was going to be pregnant forever. And on the other … Continue reading

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Nursing woes

I hate nursing. Hate it. I am horrible at it, and I hate it. I don’t think I’ve ever tried harder to do something that I suck worse at. Despite the fact that I’ve nursed each of my babies for … Continue reading

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From boob to bottle

Fifty shades of beige. My closet looks like a pop-up Victoria Secret store with every shape and size bra available. One difference? I love wearing white tops—silk, cotton, and wool get equal rotation—and so my closet VS collection contains mostly boring, … Continue reading

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Drinking buddies

Breast or bottle, milk or formula … after all giving birth to baby boys within six months of each other, four New Jersey moms quickly found that there’s plenty of room at the table for everyone to belly up. “Having … Continue reading

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On breastfeeding

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of February. My baby boy is no longer a newborn and hasn’t been one for sometime now, but I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that in less … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day sniffles

It seems as though round two of sniffles has attacked our entire household. Anaïs came home from school with a cough, which prompted me to stock up on antioxidant rich foods to try to nip any illnesses in the bud. … Continue reading

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When to wean

Now that we’re nearing Graham’s first birthday, I’m seriously plotting my strategy for weaning Graham from breastfeeding. It’s been real, but, sweet baby boy, I am done! Not only is little G going to lose his boob privileges soon, but … Continue reading

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Off the charts

Pause the scene and rewind. Mind if we play it again and again? Put a piece of tape over fast-forward, though, because I don’t wanna miss this. Not this. I wanna remember your smile shining from your eyes, your skin … Continue reading

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New year, new adventure

This time last year I was unwrapping gifts of tiny newborn clothes, swaddling blankets, car seats and more at my sweet baby showers. I was waddling around anxiously waiting for baby Graham’s due date, totally and completely unaware of what … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Deciphering breastfeeding advice

Everyone from my grandma to my hairstylist has something to say about breastfeeding. What’s worth listening to, and what should I tune out? A: As a labor and delivery nurse and international board-certified lactation consultant, I’ve overheard all sorts of … Continue reading

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A baby or a kid

“Ummm, sir? He’s a baby.” Max goes starry-eyed whenever a stranger approaches his stroller, and he casts a love spell stronger than Love Potion No. 9 with babbles, coos and wiggling fingers. My bitty boy loves men, women and children … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Nonstop nursing

My newborn nurses all day long, and it feels like the only thing I do anymore. Please tell me this isn’t forever, is it? A: Newborns do take a really long time to eat, and they eat around the clock. Common … Continue reading

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Balance is best

“Oh, how I miss those sweet suckling sounds.” The cold bathroom tiles send shivers up my hands, but I readjust my position in order to see the shoes of the woman speaking. They look like the easy-walking flats that my grandma … Continue reading

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Stick with breastfeeding

You’ve chosen to nurture your wee one the old-fashioned way—yet sometimes nursing feels anything but natural. When the going gets tough, try to remember these wise words of encouragement from Cindy-Lee Dennis, PhD, professor at University of Toronto and Canada … Continue reading

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Win it: Cloak Collection

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Samantha (Iowa)! New mamas know the struggle of choosing between form and function, but who says you can’t have both? Cloak Collection is a line of contemporary dresses designed by mothers, for mothers! Forget about struggling … Continue reading

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No mom is perfect

Nobody wants to be thought of as flawed, and it can be hard to admit that you’re struggling—but I’ve realized that the struggle for perfection is a lonely and fruitless endeavor. No one’s handing out prizes for appearing to be a … Continue reading

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Juno Blu Calistoga Breast Pump Bag

When I returned to work after having my baby, I needed to look professional and pulled together despite having an adorable, slobbery infant (and all that that entails). While pregnant, I searched high and low for a work-appropriate diaper bag … Continue reading

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I think I can …

My breastfeeding goal has always been to make it to at least one year. Seven months down (Woohoo!), but five long months to go. I’m proud of myself for sticking with it for this long; breastfeeding and pumping are no … Continue reading

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What’s sleep?

I’d forgotten what getting up before the sun does looked like until Akira was born. Anaïs has always been a really long and lazy sleeper, going for 12- or sometimes even 14-hour stretches at a time. By the time she was … Continue reading

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No, nothing’s perfect

I’m stuck in traffic and crying over spilled-milk. Literally. And you know what? You would cry too if it happened to youuu. ♫ Thing is, I pumped around the clock (sunrise-to-sunset) to create a single and glorious bottle of milky … Continue reading

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