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The Benefits Of Paced Bottle Feeding

Getting ready to introduce a bottle to your breastfed baby can feel overwhelming.  How much to give, what kind of bottle, how to give the bottle.  Honestly, these questions are one of the main reasons why I decided to breastfeed in the first place.  It all just seemed too difficult to figure out.  It’s recommended…

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Help! My Baby Is Using Me As A Pacifier!

Sometimes it seems like breastfeeding is going on forever.  You know what I mean, those days when the baby has been on your breast / chest all day long.  I have heard some parents refer to this as being a human pacifier.  This is when family members and medical professionals might make it sound like…

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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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Top 5 Breastfeeding Fears

I have connected with thousands of expecting and new parents throughout the years.  Breast/chest feeding fears are real, everything from milk supply to pumping. I asked my group Breastfeeding Bootcamp to share their top 5 breastfeeding fears with us. 1. Milk Supply I am not surprised this is the first breastfeeding fear on the list…

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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…

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Best Breastfeeding Tips For New Families

The benefits of breast/chest feeding for both parent and baby are undeniable.  The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend exclusive breast/chest feeding for the first 6 months.  Sometimes breast/chest feeding can feel difficult, and you need a reminder of why it’s important to keep on track. When I had my first…

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Breastfeeding Myths Debunked!

Breastfeeding myths have been around since, well, since breastfeeding itself.  Somehow, breastfeeding myths have gravitated into that grey area of true and false.  Where did they come from?  Some are cultural, some come from personal experience.  And let’s face it, some are just completely made up fabrications.  The following are some common breastfeeding myths debunked. Gassy…

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Is It Low Milk Supply Or Small Storage Capacity?

There is so much research out there about the benefits of breastfeeding.  Not just for the baby, but for the breast/chest feeding parent as well.  Strong immune systems, psychological bonding, physiological development.  But what about the breast/chest feeding parents who don’t make enough milk?  What happens to breastfeeding? Insufficient Milk Supply Insufficient milk supply is…

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Tips For Breastfeeding A Distracted Baby

Just when you thought breastfeeding was finally rolling along smoothly, you hit another problem.  Your sweet baby has become distracted, and breast/chest feeding has become difficult.  If it sounds like I am describing your baby, here are some things to watch for and some tricks to use to get your baby to happily breast/ chest…

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How To Successfuly Breastfeed After Epidural Anesthesia

When I was early into my lactation career, I worked in a local hospital in the postpartum unit.  It was pretty busy there, we supported a lot of new families and helped them get off to the best start possible with their baby.  After a while, I started to realize there seemed to be a…

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