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Truth Behind Cluster Feeding And Newborn Babies

I have been teaching prenatal breastfeeding classes for many years.  One of the first things we discuss is the benefits of breastfeeding.  Parents often have very specific reasons for wanting to breast/chest feed.  Whether it’s health benefits for the baby, health benefits for the parent, or any of the other amazing reasons, we agree breastmilk…

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When To Pump And Introduce Bottles To Your Breastfed Baby

The value and benefit of breast/chestfeeding for both baby and parent are undeniable.  There are countless studies out there to substantiate why breastfeeding is advantageous.  We know breastfeeding provides a multitude of health benefits for both parent and baby.  There are also various environmental, psychological, physiological, and financial benefits that are attached to breastfeeding.  Regardless,…

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Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery

Having breast reduction surgery before you have babies isn’t a deal-breaker for breastfeeding.  Honestly, I know many families who thought they were done having children. They had the surgery and then welcomed another little surprise. Things happen, and many pregnancies are unplanned. Is breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery possible? Let’s talk about how breast reduction surgery can…

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Do You Need Vitamins While Breastfeeding?

Families are encouraged to breast/chest feed exclusively for the first 6 months until complementary foods are introduced.  This means nothing besides breastmilk, and medication if necessary. Then you bring your baby to their first pediatrician appointment and they encourage a vitamin D or iron supplement.  Why?  Doesn’t breastmilk have everything the baby needs? Do you…