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Podcast:  Birth and breastfeeding in prison

85% of women in prison are mothers, and the same percentage of women in prison are pregnant as on the outside.What is birth like for them?  How long do they have with their babies before they’re separated?  Why do some birth in shackles?  And is it possible for incarcerated mothers to breastfeed?To answer these questions we spoke with… Continue Reading >




Plants for PMS

We’ve written before about herbs to support your pregnancy and herbs to help with morning sickness.  And of course we’ve written quite a bit about the herbs in our products for increasing breastmilk.This week we thought we’d point to a few plants which may help* with another common complaint:  premenstrual syndrome (PMS).  From bloating… Continue Reading >




Are you prepared for your baby’s second night?

After the rigors of labor and birth, most babies settle in for a restful first 24 hours outside the womb.And then there’s the second night.On the second night, babies often nurse on and off for hours.  Many new parents are caught off guard by this pattern, and some assume that their babies are starving.  But it’s likely just an… Continue Reading >




This year, give back to support breastfeeding

As the year draws to a close some of you may be thinking of ways to give back in support of causes close to your heart.Motherlove was founded on the idea that the gifts of the natural world can nurture the most the most basic elements of life - pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding.  So we are always looking for ways to give back in… Continue Reading >




Three easy herbal crafts you can make for holiday gifts

At Motherlove we are always grateful for the many powers of herbs.  We use herbs in our products to support breastfeeding, to heal, and to soothe.At this time of the year we also love using herbs in fragrant, beautiful, and useful gifts.  Our founder Kathryn Higgins has taught classes with kids during the holiday season, helping them… Continue Reading >




Want to cleanse toxins from your body before trying to conceive? Listen to our podcast

Toxins we absorb through everyday living can make it harder for us to conceive a baby. So how can we reduce our body’s toxic burden before trying to conceive?In this month’s podcast interview we speak with naturopathic physician Dr. Laila Tomsovic about preconception cleansing. We ask when to do it, whether cleansing is safe during… Continue Reading >




Your tips for distracted nurslings

The cat.  Noise from a passing car.  A toy just out of reach.  Your nose. They’re all sources of distractions which can make our nurslings pop on and off the breast. We asked fans of our Facebook page to share your favorite tips for distracted nursers, and we’ve compiled these great suggestions below!“Going into another (quiet)… Continue Reading >




Trauma from childbirth?  Listen to our podcast interview

Did you have intrusive thoughts about your birth?  Flashbacks?  Do you steer clear of hospitals, or try to avoid talking about your birth?We’re very happy to share a podcast interview on trauma from childbirth, with Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, health psychologist and trauma expert.Dr. Kendall-Tackett is health psychologist, and… Continue Reading >




We’ve got a salve for that!

Itchy skin?  Stretch marks?  Eczema?  Diaper rash or thrush?  Sore nipples?  Hemorrhoids?  Chapped lips?  Bug bites?  New tattoo?We’ve got a salve for that!Motherlove’s line of protective and soothing herbal salves provides natural and effective relief to get you through many skin problems:Motherlove’s Pregnant Belly Salve is an all… Continue Reading >




Dry winter skin?  Herbs to the rescue!

As the weather gets chillier and our skin gets more prone to dryness, chapping, and redness our thoughts are turning to some herbs which can protect and soothe this season.Dry air from heating systems, winter winds, and even tissues can make our skin dry and irritated.  Here are some herbs to keep your skin stay healthy:Calendula is an… Continue Reading >




Carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy or breastfeeding

Have you had pain or numbness in your wrists, fingers, or arms pain during pregnancy or breastfeeding?*  You’re not alone.Up to 62% of women may experience carpal tunnel symptoms during pregnancy.  Typical symptoms include numbness and tingling in the fingers, burning wrist pain, and loss of grip strength and dexterity.   Pain is usually… Continue Reading >




Experiencing trauma after birth?  You’re not alone, and you can get help.

Are you or someone you know experiencing trauma related to a birth?As many as 18% of all women experience trauma related to childbirth, one third of whom experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Yet despite its widespread nature, the experience of birth-related trauma can be an isolating one, as mothers are encouraged to focus… Continue Reading >