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20 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

As a lactation professional and doula, I am often asked if I have any breastfeeding advice for new mothers. Below are some handy tips to help make the transition easier. Prepare ahead of time by taking a good prenatal breastfeeding class and reading a breastfeeding book such [...]

10 Herbs for Healthy Breast Milk Production

Women's bodies have an incredible ability to make babies and breast milk. As a Lactation Educator and Counselor, I am often asked about ways to help increase breast milk supply. Herbs, like other plants we eat, nourish a mama’s body as it makes nourishment [...]

Essential Nutrients for Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Beyond

I strive to eat a well-rounded and wholesome diet, but it is particularly important during pregnancy and breastfeeding. With Winter baby #2 on the way, I have been especially conscious of some key nutrients that are essential for a healthy pregnancy and baby. High quality [...]

Assisting the Milk Ejection Reflex & Manual Hand Expression

Every breastfeeding mama should know how to hand or manually express breast milk. Some advantages to hand or manual expression include: Some mechanical breast pumps can cause discomfort and/or are ineffective. Many mothers are more comfortable with manual expression because it is more natural. Skin-to-skin contact is more stimulating [...]
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    Eight Principles of Attachment Parenting: A Resource for New & Expecting Families

Eight Principles of Attachment Parenting: A Resource for New & Expecting Families

There are a lot of "must-have" lists and advertisements out there telling you what fancy new goodies and gadgets you need for a new baby. For the attachment parenting family, all you really need is a gentle, patient, loving parent or caregiver and a [...]

The Milky Way Breastfeeding Film: Every Mother has a Story

Did you know that America has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world? The mission of The Milky Way is to elevate the nursing mother to a place in society where she receives all the necessary support to nurse her child, where scientific evidence overrides [...]
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    Preventing & Treating Recurrent Blocked / Plugged Milk Ducts

Preventing & Treating Recurrent Blocked / Plugged Milk Ducts

As a Lactation Educator and Counselor, I am often asked about plugged ducts and how to handle them. I personally had a heck of a time with recurrent plugged ducts. Through my professional training, education and experimenting with different approaches, I came up with [...]

Interview With Motherhood Artist Katie m. Berggren

I am so honored for the opportunity to interview internationally recognized award-winning painter and mother Katie m. Berggren. You may be familiar with her beautiful paintings or perhaps you are discovering her here for the first time. I am so drawn to the warmth, love [...]

Becoming A Certified Lactation Educator & Counselor

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week I wanted to share why I decided to become a Certified Lactation Educator & Counselor (CLEC), what it entails and provide information to those who are interested in pursuing this path. I believe we go through challenges in life to [...]