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Earth Day is Every Day!

 We’ve always thought every day was Earth Day here at Motherlove, but since we started   operating the Motherlove Herb Farm last year, the concept has taken on new meaning. Today we had lunch on the farm to celebrate Earth Day and spend time as a company connecting with the earth and the foundation for our company—the herbs and… Continue Reading >




Depression at weaning?

Feeling sad, even depressed, during or after weaning?  You’re probably not alone.Hormonal changes at weaning, coupled with the loss of the breastfeeding relationship, theoretically may heighten the risk of feelings of sadness, even leading to depression in some women.While there is no research examining exactly this question, it is… Continue Reading >




Preparing for a VBAC

Considering or committed to having a hospital VBAC birth?If so, you might be wondering how to prepare, both logistically and emotionally, to give yourself the best odds of having the outcome you want.  The VBAC rate has fallen dramatically in recent years, making preparation and planning very important.So we assembled this list of… Continue Reading >




U.S. maternity leave policy and its effect on families:  A podcast interview with Moms Rising

Did you know that the U.S. is one of only a handful of countries that does not offer new mothers paid family leave?   The other countries:  Papua New Guinea, Lesotho, and Swaziland.In this podcast interview we spoke with Charlie Rose, associate campaign director for MomsRising.org, a national organization with over a million members… Continue Reading >




Family-Centered Cesarean:  A podcast interview with Robin Elise Weiss

Have you heard about a new trend in cesarean birth?  It goes by a number of different names:  family centered cesarean, natural cesarean, gentle cesarean.Whatever you call it, if you’re pregnant and want a more satisfying cesarean experience should one be necessary, you’ll want to learn more about it.In this podcast interview we talked… Continue Reading >




Suddenly up all night nursing?  Welcome to reverse cycling.

Have a consistently sleeping baby who suddenly wants to nurse all night?It’s a common scenario for babies whose moms have returned to work, babies who are too busy or distracted to eat during the day, and teething babies.  And it has a name: reverse cycling.Why does reverse cycling happen?  There is usually a reason.  Babies want food,… Continue Reading >




Pumping at work?  Print out these free door hangers

If you’re pumping at work and lucky enough to have a door to close at work, what signage do you use to keep people from barging in?There are all kinds of ways of indicating that you’d would like some privacy, but we thought we’d share several free door hangers you can print out, cut out, and post!Texas WIC program:  Breastmilk - Every… Continue Reading >




Herbal poultices for engorgement

There are many remedies for breast engorgement, ranging from massage, to cold packs, to cabbage.But did you know that herbs - in the form of a poultice - can also help reduce swelling and inflammation associated with engorgement?What’s a poultice?  It’s an age-old way of treating soreness and inflammation, using moist herbs applied… Continue Reading >




Winter blahs?  Try these herbal scents.

It’s been a long winter in many areas of the country.  And it’s prime season for the winter blahs - fatigue, lack of motivation, and poor mood.But there’s good news: the scent of herbs may help lift your spirits.  Scents can be powerful mood changers, stimulating many regions of the brain and influencing emotional, immune, and hormonal… Continue Reading >




African American moms and breastfeeding:  A podcast interview with Kathi Barber

African American women have the lowest breastfeeding rates in the U.S.  But it wasn’t always that way.In this podcast interview, Kathi Barber, author of The Black Woman’s Guide to Breastfeeding and Lactation Management: Strategies for Working with African American Moms, discusses the history of breastfeeding in the black community, from… Continue Reading >




Common breastfeeding concerns?  There's an app for that.

Pain.  Milk supply worries.  Sleep (and lack thereof).  A fussy baby.  Pumping.These are common concerns during breastfeeding, and they’re perennial hot topics at breastfeeding and new mom support groups.  Of course, there are many books that cover these issues, too.But what if you want quick, reliable information from a trusted source… Continue Reading >




Ten important ways partners can support breastfeeding moms

Support from partners can make breastfeeding go much more smoothly for nursing moms.  But some partners find themselves feeling unsure how to help and sometimes a bit left out.Here are ten important ways partners can help make breastfeeding a good experience for the whole family:Learn about breastfeeding.  During pregnancy, attending a… Continue Reading >