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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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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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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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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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Win it: Premama

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Keri (TX)! Attention breastfeeding mamas: Whether you’re trying to build up your milk stash or struggling to meet your babe’s daily demand for the good stuff, insufficient milk supply is a common concern among … Continue reading

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Not-so-good night

Well, unfortunately co-sleeping is not working for our family anymore. Our sweet little boy is a wild man at night, kicking and flopping about. He also thinks he should have 24-7 access to the “breastaurant,” which is keeping me up … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Prepping for breastfeeding success

Q: I’m expecting for the first time and really hoping to breastfeed my baby. What can I do now to set myself up for success?  A: There are important things that you can do ahead of time to help ensure success … Continue reading

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Two tiny teeth

Right on time, Graham has sprouted two darling, little, razor-sharp teeth. With his big 6-month birthday just a couple days away, I knew it was likely to happen soon. For the past couple of days, little man has been a fussy … Continue reading

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Nursing necessities

1.  Itzy Ritzy breastfeeding scarf, $25 You’ll be in fine feather with a chic scarf that doubles as a nursing cover. 2. Birds & Bees Teas lactation tea, $18 Natural herbs keep mama’s milk supply flowing strong. 3. Benbini watch, … Continue reading

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A roadmap to breastfeeding

It’s seldom easy, sometimes challenging and almost always worth it in the end. If you’re trying to breastfeed your babe and struggling to find your footing on this new path, know you’re not alone. We’ve all been there, and we’ve … Continue reading

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August 2015—Anita Maternity giveaway

Sleep chic One haute mama will win an Anita Maternity nursing bra and panty set, so she can feel sexy and supported throughout her breastfeeding journey.

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Ask the Experts: Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act

Q: I’m expecting my first baby next month and am planning to breastfeed. Is it true that I can get a free breast pump through my insurance? How does it work? A: The implementation of the 2012 Patient Protection and … Continue reading

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A pep talk from our editor

Throughout the month of August, we’ll be writing a lot about the benefits of breastfeeding—both in print and online. There are two reasons for this: (1) It’s so, so good for you and your baby, and (2) August is National Breastfeeding … Continue reading

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Freemie Freedom Deluxe Set

If you’re returning to work and want to continue feeding your baby breast milk, a pump is a necessity. Even if you’re not working, you may need to leave your little one for more than a few hours, or want to … Continue reading

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Medela Freestyle Double Electric Breast Pump

For working moms, a good breast pump can make all the difference in successful breastfeeding. When it comes to breast pumps, Medela has a reputation for being the best. The Freestyle pump is a double electric pump designed to be … Continue reading

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The perks of being a breastfeeder

We’ve officially been parents for five whole months now! No other five-month span in my life has been filled with so many changes, so many new joys and so much love. I can’t believe my sweet little baby boy is growing up … Continue reading

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Ameda Purely Yours CarryAll Double Electric Breast Pump

By kid No. 3, one might like to think they’re a bit of a parenting pro, but I’m finding out that—at least when it comes to breastfeeding—I am anything but. I have experienced babies who were great eaters from the … Continue reading

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Lansinoh SignaturePro Double Electric Breast Pump

The Lansinoh SignaturePro Double Electric Breast Pump is a closed system breast pump, so there were a few extra parts (as compared to an open system). The pumping bottles came preassembled, so you can see exactly how the parts fit … Continue reading

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The First Years Quiet Expressions Plus Double Electric Breast Pump

I am a first-time mom and wanted to try pumping to help increase my milk supply between feedings and store breast milk for when I go back to work. While searching for the right breast pump for me, it was important … Continue reading

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Baby’s first cold

Our sweet boy is suffering from his first cold. I noticed yesterday that Graham seemed extra fussy and that his voice was starting to sound a little husky. Last night at around 12:45 a.m., I was awakened by the sound of him … Continue reading

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Evenflo Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

The Evenflo Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump is an excellent product that is worth every penny. For first time moms, deciphering the world of pumping can be awfully daunting, but Evenflo makes it much easier with their simple ‘how-to’ … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Breathing during breastfeeding

Q: When my baby is breastfeeding, is it normal for his nose to press against my breast? I worry about his breathing and wonder if there’s anything I should be doing differently. A: Many women become concerned about baby’s breathing during breastfeeding. When a baby has latched on … Continue reading

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Pumping mama

Well, I survived my first day back at work. I shed lots of tears before I left that morning, but I was determined that I would leave the crying at the front door of our house—and I did. My mom … Continue reading

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Leaving baby for the first time

When is it “OK” to leave your breastfed baby with someone overnight for the first time? After consulting Google and scouring the mommy blogs, I got many different answers—ranging from, “as soon as your baby will take a bottle, it’ll … Continue reading

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