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The connection between your "cankles," IV fluids in labor and your baby's early weigh

Did you have IV fluids during your labor and birth?  Did your baby lose a lot of weight in the early days of breastfeeding?  Did your ankles look more like cankles?A growing body of research is making connections between these things, and it’s important that moms understand these connections for ourselves.Getting IV fluids during… Continue Reading >




Herbal Care for Plugged Ducts

Have you had a plugged duct?If so, you know that they can be painful and frustrating.  So we thought we’d share some of our favorite herbal remedies* to support the quick resolution of plugged ducts.But before we do, here are the basic recommendations for resolving plugged ducts: Empty the affected breast frequently by nursing.  If… Continue Reading >




Dr. Jen's Guide to Breastfeeding:  A podcast interview with Dr. Jenny Thomas

If your best friend were a pediatrician and lactation consultant and wrote down her favorite breastfeeding advice, what would it say?We think it might sounds like Dr. Jen’s Guide to Breastfeeding, a new book by the popular and always down-to-earth pediatrician Dr. Jenny Thomas.  Dr. Thomas is a practicing pediatrician and lactation… Continue Reading >




Could a cow really make human milk?

Have you seen headlines like these?Genetically modified cows produce ‘human’ milk Goats to produce human milk Chinese produce human breast milk using genetically modified dairy cows The frequent news about cows and other mammals producing human milk is enough to make you wonder if it might be possible for scientists to replace you and your… Continue Reading >




Using fennel to increase milk production

From time to time we like to turn the spotlight on one of the herbs that we use in our products, such as goat’s rue, plantain, and fenugreek.Today, we’re focusing on a versatile herb that features in a number of our products:  fennel.You may know from eating the plant in a salad or garnish that fennel is a licorice flavored, feathery,… Continue Reading >




Fight breast cancer by donating your breast milk!

Could your breastmilk hold the keys to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer?This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re pleased to share some ground breaking breast cancer research which uses breast milk to unlock the secrets of the disease.  And if you fit the criteria for one of the studies using breast milk, you may be able to… Continue Reading >




How does tongue tie impact breastfeeding?  A podcast interview with Catherine Watson Genna

How does having a tongue tie (restricted frenulum under the tongue) affect breastfeeding?In this interview, Catherine Watson Genna, author of Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants, discusses the types of tongue tie, what it’s like to nurse a baby with a tongue tie, what it’s like for the baby to have a tight frenulum… Continue Reading >




What is Baby-Led breastfeeding?

Have you heard terms like “baby-led breastfeeding,” or “laid back breastfeeding” used to describe certain methods of breastfeeding?  Wondering what they mean?A new book does a nice job of clarifying these concepts and describing how to use them to make breastfeeding easy and comfortable.Baby-Led Breastfeeding, by the authors of… Continue Reading >




Herbs, nutrition, and other natural remedies for morning sickness

Experiencing morning sickness, or dreading it?  You’re not alone: more than half all pregnant women experience nausea in the first trimester of pregnancy.  Here’s our guide* to using herbs, nutrition, and other therapies to manage nausea during pregnancy. What causes morning sickness? Morning sickness is caused by the rapid change in… Continue Reading >




Sending your breastfed baby to child care?  Check out these resources.

For those of us who have others care for our breastfed children, whether it’s at a child care center or at grandma’s house, it’s important that our care providers understand how to support breastfeeding.Child care providers need to know many things, from how to handle (and conserve!) breastmilk, to how to make the environment welcoming… Continue Reading >




Herbs and supplements for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders

What are Postpartum Mood and Anxiety disorders? It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious about the many responsibilities of having a newborn.  Feelings of fatigue, crying, insomnia, anger, feelings of being alone, and the inability to concentrate are all typical of the “Baby Blues.”   They’re usually short-lived, lasting for a few… Continue Reading >




Lyme disease in breastfeeding and pregancy:  A podcast interview with Linda Smith

Lyme Disease is an serious infection which is on the move.  It’s spreading to new areas of the country, posing risks to mothers and babies in pregnancy and infancy, and raising questions about treatment during breastfeeding.Tanya Lieberman spoke with Linda Smith, IBCLC about Lyme Disease in pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Linda spoke about… Continue Reading >