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Birth and breastfeeding in prison

Ever wonder what it’s like to be pregnant while in prison?  What it’s like to give birth and breastfeed?We asked Marianne Bullock of the Prison Birth Project to answer a few questions about what the experience is like in her area of the country.  The Prison Birth Project provides prenatal, labor and postpartum support to women who are… Continue Reading >




Our favorite reasons to breastfeed

We hope that you’ve all had a wonderful World Breastfeeding Week!At Motherlove, we treat every week as an opportunity to honor and celebrate breastfeeding.  Here are some of our favorite reasons why:Breastfeeding is the natural way for your body to continue nourishing your baby, just as you did during your pregnancy.Breastfeeding… Continue Reading >




What’s wrong with those formula “gift” bags?

Were you given a formula “gift” bag as you left the hospital with your new baby?  Maybe by your pediatrician or even at an ultrasound clinic?If so, you’ll want to listen to this podcast interview with Marsha Walker, IBCLC.  An expert on formula company marketing, Marsha explains why these bags harm breastfeeding, why they’re so important… Continue Reading >




Birth Matters:  Ina May Gaskin's recommendations to improve maternity care

We’ve been reading legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin’s fascinating new book Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta.Unlike her other recent books, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, this latest book isn’t a practical guide for moms but a policy statement which spells out her recommendations for changing our… Continue Reading >




Herbs to support your pregnancy

Curious about using herbs to support your pregnancy?Several herbs used safely used by women for generations are an excellent source for the increased vitamins and minerals needed during pregnancy, and to prepare your the uterus for labor.These herbs can easily be made into teas and incorporated into meals on a regular basis. Every… Continue Reading >




Treating thrush over and over? Maybe it's Raynaud's.

If you have a burning pain with breastfeeding, you may have tried treating yourself and your baby for thrush.But if you’ve been treating it with effective treatments for a while and your pain hasn’t improved, it might be time to consider whether it’s thrush after all.  It might be a relatively common condition called Raynaud’s vasospasm… Continue Reading >




Can you be fired for pumping at work?  A podcast interview with Jake Marcus.

You can’t be fired for being pregnant, but what about breastfeeding or pumping?We’re very pleased to share a podcast interview with Jake Marcus, JD on breastfeeding and sex discrimination law.Jake is the owner of Breastfeedinglaw.com, and is a founding partner of the law firm Cipolla Associates.  She is a lawyer, writer, and speaker… Continue Reading >




Body care ingredients to avoid

You know that what you eat and drink while you’re pregnant has the potential to reach your growing baby.But did you know that what you put on your skin holds the same potential?  And when it comes to the delicate skin of your baby, it’s even more important to use only those products that are gentle and nurturing.  Unfortunately, many… Continue Reading >




Aaaah.  Pregnancy and labor massage techniques your partner can do.

We’re very happy to share an interview with massage therapist and trainer Lisa Gallauresi, LMT on partner massage for pregnancy and labor.Lisa is a massage therapist, parent educator and trainer.  She has been an instructor at massage schools, developed curricula for hospitals and training centers, and consulted on prenatal bodywork for… Continue Reading >




Books about breastfeeding for kids!

For many years there were few children’s books which portrayed breastfeeding.  But in recent years some wonderful breastfeeding-themed children’s books have been published, and we’re very happy to share some of them here!The Mystery of the Breast, by Victoria de Aboitiz, is a new addition to the kids’ breastfeeding books list.  Told… Continue Reading >




Breastfeeding Older Children:  A podcast interview with Ann Sinnott

We’re very pleased to share a podcast interview with Ann Sinnott, author of Breastfeeding Older Children.Ann talked with Tanya about the historically natural length of breastfeeding, the research on long-term breastfeeding, barriers and misconceptions about it, what mothers and children say about why they do it, and more!You can check… Continue Reading >




An interview on exclusive pumping, with the author of Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk

We’re very pleased to share an interview about exclusive pumping with Stephanie Casemore, author of Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk.Stephanie is also author of Breastfeeding, Take Two:  Successful Breastfeeding the Second Time Around, a book  for mothers who had difficult breastfeeding experiences with a first baby and are now expecting… Continue Reading >