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Milk composition

The composition of your milk changes to meet your baby’s needs at every age and stage. (For example, the milk a mother produces when her baby is two days old is different from the milk she produces when baby is … Continue reading

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The lactation diet

All moms know how important it is to eat well during pregnancy, but once baby arrives, the focus on food often fades away. However, if you’re a nursing mama, what you eat now is just as important as what you ate … Continue reading

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Breastfeed where?

We’re four kids deep, so this is my fourth go-round with breastfeeding. You name it, I’ve probably nursed a baby there. In the car, at the park and at various sporting events? Absolutely. On the beach in Hawaii? Oh yeah. … Continue reading

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This week’s Win its!

Get excited, mamas! It’s your lucky week—we’ve upped your odds of claiming a fabulous freebie with two Win its, for a total value of more than $500 in prizes. Click below to toss your name into the hat for a chance to win … … a … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding and the ACA

No matter your insurance, tucked away within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a clause that is revolutionizing breastfeeding for new and expectant mothers. Now more than ever you have support and services at your disposal, and it can change … 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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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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Road Test: Need to feed

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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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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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Breastfeeding for rookies

After months of pregnancy and hours of labor, you finally did it. You gave birth to a baby—and a hungry one at that. Luckily, you’re equipped with everything you need to feed your new little bundle of joy, with the … Continue reading

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Nursing 911

Welcome to the world of nursing! If this is your first baby, you probably feel like you’re in uncharted territory, and for good reason. Breastfeeding may be “the most natural thing in the world” according to many a well-intentioned veteran … 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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5 steps to lose the baby weight

I was in shock—shock, I tell you—when I walked out of the hospital still looking pregnant. I figured once my 8-pound, 6-ounce baby had left my body, I would no longer look like I was smuggling a basketball in my … 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 there a limit to how many times you can reheat a bottle of breast milk?

First, you should always make sure to put any unused breast milk in the fridge within a half hour after your baby has stopped feeding. If you let the milk sit around longer than that, bacteria can start forming due … 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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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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