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10 Herbs for Healthy Breast Milk Production

September 9, 2013

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 for her baby. Herbal galactagogues (Greek for ‘milk flow’) are nature’s gifts to lactating women, and have been used for centuries to help increase milk supply. Anise seed. A culinary spice and a digestive herb that helps…

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Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

August 30, 2013

After overcoming many breastfeeding challenges with my older son, I became a Lactation Educator and Counselor to help support other mothers and babies on their breastfeeding journeys.  In addition to my formal training, I learned a lot from experience, so when my younger son and I hit some bumps in the road, we were able to move past them quickly. Here are some tips for getting breastfeeding off to a good start! Prepare ahead of time by taking a good prenatal breastfeeding class and reading…

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Preventing & Treating Recurrent Plugged or Clogged Milk Ducts

March 10, 2013

I personally had a heck of a time with recurrent plugged ducts after the birth of my older son. Through my professional training as a Lactation Educator and Counselor and experimenting with different approaches, I came up with a multi-pronged plan of attack to prevent and treat these little (or not so little) buggers. Proper latch. An improper latch is the culprit for most breastfeeding issues. It can result in insufficient emptying of the breast, which can in turn contribute…

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