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This breast pump is freaking me out

Baby girl is knocking on four weeks, and I’m itching to get back to a regular workout schedule. But I’m exclusively breastfeeding, so the few times I’ve managed to squeeze in a workout I can pretty much chalk up to … Continue reading

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The place to be

Have you heard about the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)? It’s a global initiative lead by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage practices that promote breastfeeding in hospitals and birthing facilities. (In the … 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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When to wean

Ever since I was pregnant, and even more so since Rowan arrived, a lot of people are eager to provide unsolicited input on how to raise a child. I try to politely handle such situations; most people mean well, and … Continue reading

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Good night breast pump

As a teenager, my milkshake did not bring all the boys to yard. My whole life I’ve had what I would call an average-sized chest—bigger than Molly Ringwald but not as big as J-Lo. But when I was pregnant, my … Continue reading

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Win it: Bamboobies

If you are breastfeeding, you know that it’s a beautiful and important experience—but also a challenging one. Between leaks and painful chapped nipples, mamas, you deserve some comfort. Luckily, the products from Bamboobies really help with some of the common … Continue reading

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Breast is best

Every new mom wants to give her babe the best possible start in life. And it turns out, all babe really needs to score a boost is you. Breastfeeding your newborn exclusively offers her numerous benefits, including natural protection against … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Q and A with new mom Holly Madison

New mom Holly Madison is helping women reach their weight loss goals with the Holly Madison Diet. The former Girls Next Door star, 33, has teamed up with eDiets to create a custom diet plan and app for women who want to take control, eat … Continue reading

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The business of breastfeeding

I feel like a boob (and not just because I’m pretty sure that’s all Rowan sees when he looks at me). Breastfeeding is serious business, and I don’t think I fully realized how much of a toll it can take … Continue reading

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Pump it up (the story continues)

I think I understand what it’s like to be a guy. I haven’t started grilling or watching NASCAR, but I have become preoccupied with a certain part of the female anatomy. It’s embarrassing to admit, but a lot of my … Continue reading

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Week 30: The breast start

Beyond reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting, I hadn’t done too much research into labor, delivery, or parenting. When I was reading about getting pregnant, I learned that too much information could cause more anxiety than provide reassurance – … Continue reading

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Go with the flow

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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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10 star moms seen breastfeeding in public

Considering their lack of anonymity with paparazzi lurking at every street corner, we salute celebrity moms who breastfeed their babies while out and about! Although it’s still considered taboo in some circles, there’s no shame in nursing your baby in … Continue reading

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Lansinoh Affinity Pro

Right off the bat, let me say—I’m no pumping novice. After three kids (the third baby being breastfed through his first birthday while I was working a full-time job), I’ve been around the electric milk collection machine block. So when … Continue reading

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Phillips AVENT Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump

When my daughter was born two years ago, I used a mediocre electric pump before discovering the Philips AVENT Comfort Manual Breast Pump, which I loved. Since the Philips AVENT Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump is the electric version of my beloved … Continue reading

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The weaning of life

My wife is done breastfeeding. Let me rephrase: HP is done breastfeeding, ergo, my wife has been relieved of her duties. And as this is our alleged last offspring, this means for good. This has been met with mixed emotions, … Continue reading

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Nipple confusion confusion

I counted. It’s true. In the last five days, more people have touched my boobs than I’ve had boyfriends. I’ve been manhandled by many a lactation aid with man-hands, and the strangest part is—I don’t care. Where once I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding positions

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The scoop on formula

Sometimes life decides to throw you unexpected curves. That’s exactly what happened when my water broke at 32 weeks, followed by a premature delivery at 34 weeks. During the three days it took my milk to come in, my baby … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding was hard, but that’s OK

Isaac turns 7 months old tomorrow, and this morning he drank his last breast milk bottle. I shared early on my struggles with nursing. (here and here) I just went back and read those posts, and I have to say, … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Milk banking

I’m not able to pump enough milk for my preemie so my doctor suggested looking into milk banking. What is it? Is it safe? Catering primarily to premature, ill and fragile infants in neonatal intensive care units, milk banks are … Continue reading

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That time I breastfed my daughter

Despite what Ben Stiller said in Meet the Parents, it is not, in fact, possible to milk anything with nipples. Believe me, I’ve tried. But this is not a tale of medical miracles. Nor is it one involving one of … Continue reading

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Battling the bulge

So, if you are like me and you’re exclusively breastfeeding your babe and frustrated that the baby weight hasn’t just “flown off” then you may be interested in following me on my baby weight loss journey. I am so tired … Continue reading

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So long, suckers

Whether you’ve loved every minute of it, slowly come to enjoy it, or simply powered through it, at some point breastfeeding will come to an end. Knowing when and how to begin the weaning process is not necessarily intuitive, but … Continue reading

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Under wraps

Confession: I’m not a modest person. I’ve been known to sunbathe topless in my (privacy fenced) backyard, and in college I spent many a weekend night dancing at a local club clad in only a leopard-print bra because I thought … 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: The first 72 hours

Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it comes naturally. Many breastfeeding moms will tell you that the first days are the hardest: You and your baby are both learning, and your body is adapting to its new demands. Establishing … Continue reading

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What you need to know about breastfeeding

The most common question that follows the ever-popular, “When are you due?” and “Do you know what you’re having?” is a prompt to begin a debate: “Are you going to breastfeed?” The dispute over breast vs. bottle has caused more … Continue reading

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Top breastfeeding FAQs: Answered

Does breastfeeding hurt? While it can be uncomfortable at first (mainly due to sore nipples and engorgement), nursing should not be painful. If you have been breastfeeding for several weeks and are still experiencing pain, your baby is probably not … Continue reading

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Is it OK to use over-the-counter retinol creams or at-home peels while you are breastfeeding?

To err on the side of caution, we recommend staying away from any products that contain retinol. If you find yourself unsure of whether or not a certain product is safe, it is always a good idea to check the … Continue reading

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Guilt trip

Q. I love breastfeeding my son and am so grateful for our time together. However, sometimes I find myself feeling resentful. Am I a bad mom? What should I do? A. The first thing you should do is realize that … Continue reading

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The top 10 benefits of breastfeeding

Build immunities. Breast milk decreases the incidence and/or severity of many infectious diseases. Lose weight. Breastfeeding burns an average of 500 calories a day, so the pounds melt away faster than that pint of Ben & Jerry’s you’re enjoying. Bond … Continue reading

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No-brainer breastfeeding: A comprehensive guide for new moms

Breastfeeding has many benefits, but like most things worth doing, it can also have many challenges. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed through their first birthdays; however, studies report that while 75 percent of new moms … Continue reading

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Lacey’s breastfeeding experiences

“As a woman who has two children and had two entirely different nursing experiences, I know that there is more than one side to the breastfeeding story. When my oldest was born, I gave nursing an honest shot. For four … Continue reading

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How-to tips for new nursers

Start pronto Although your milk doesn’t arrive for three to five days after your baby, try breastfeeding as soon as you meet your bundle of joy. It’s a great bonding experience, and your body is producing colostrum that your baby … Continue reading

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How to pick the right breast pump for you

Being a milkmaid can be a pretty tough gig. While breastfeeding is fabulous and fun, even the most saintly mothers can find themselves seriously craving a break from the boob. When looking for a breast pump to meet your needs, … Continue reading

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