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Tender tush?  Some tips for taking care of your perineum after birth

If you’ve had a vaginal birth, taking care of your (likely sore) bottom can be a bit of a job in the early days after your baby’s birth.  Here are some simple things you can do to relieve pain and bounce back quicker:*Cold compresses.  Many moms use ice packs to reduce swelling and soothe pain in the early hours after birth.  Be sure to… Continue Reading >




Podcast:  How to care for your c-section scar, with the author of Ending Female Pain

Did you know that in some countries in Europe all moms who have had c-sections get physical therapy to care for their incisions and recover from the surgery?Did you know that some women go for years with pain and other complications from their c-section scars, when some simple exercises make a big difference?Isa Herrera wishes that… Continue Reading >




Eat your own placenta?  The founder of Placenta Benefits answers our questions.

Did you know that some mothers consume their own placentas?We’ve been hearing about it, and while we know it’s not for everyone, thought it would be interesting to learn more.  So we asked  Jodi Selander, founder of Placenta Benefits to answer some questions.Jodi trains and certifies specialists who encapsulate placentas for… Continue Reading >




From Pavarotti to "Push It:" Your labor playlists

After hearing this story on National Public Radio about listening to music while in labor, we asked you on our Facebook page if you had a labor playlist.  Here’s what you told us.Music to give you an extra “push:” Five Finger Death Punch Aerosmith (“The nurses said it sounded like I was having a party in my room.”) Faith of the Heart… Continue Reading >




Do breastfeeding moms get more - or less - sleep?

Ever wonder who gets more sleep, breastfeeding or formula feeding moms?We’re very pleased to share an interview with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.d, IBCLC, FAPA on her research on breastfeeding and sleep.  Kathleen is the author of Breastfeeding Made Simple and numerous other publications.  She specializes in synthesizing current… Continue Reading >




Podcast:  Biological Nurturing and Laid Back Breastfeeding, with Suzanne Colson

We’re very pleased to share this podcast interview with Dr. Suzanne Colson, pioneering researcher known for her work developing the concept of Biological Nurturing.She is the author of An Introduction to Biological Nurturing and the DVD Biological Nurturing: Laid-Back Breastfeeding for Mothers.Suzanne talked with Tanya Lieberman about… Continue Reading >




Traveling with breastmilk?  Check out our tips.

Are you traveling for the holidays and planning to transport some of your pumped milk?Whether you pump for work, for an occasional bottle, or you pump exclusively, there are a few things you should know if you’re planning to travel with your milk.Flying:  Bringing breast milk on boardBack in 2006, when the Transportation Security… Continue Reading >




Help at the holidays with a new baby

As many of us head to holiday family gatherings, our thoughts have been turning to the challenges of caring for a baby at this busy time.True help - the kind that allows you to relax and enjoy the season while caring for your baby - can sometimes be a little hard to come by.  Here are our suggestions for a few simple things your family… Continue Reading >




We're proud to be a Champion for safe cosmetics

At Motherlove we’ve been committed to making safe, toxin-free, organic herbal products for mothers and babies for over 20 years.That’s why we’re pleased to have recently been named a “Champion” (the highest level of compliance) of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.  The Compact is a voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned in other… Continue Reading >




Want to start breastfeeding after stopping?  Our guide to relactation.

If you’ve stopped breastfeeding and want to start up again, you probably can.  This process is called relactation, and we’ve put together some basic information about how to do it below.  Relactating can be a lot of work, but very worth it!What is relactation?Relactation is the process of resuming breastfeeding after a period of no… Continue Reading >




Podcast:  How can you avoid getting "pushed" into a birth you don't want?

We’re very pleased to share a podcast interview with Jennifer Block, the author of Pushed: The Painful Truth about Modern Maternity Care.Pushed shines a bright light on the state of maternity care in the U.S., from record-high induction and cesarean rates, to the legal obstacles to midwifery.  Whether you’re expecting a baby or want to… Continue Reading >




How can chiropractic, acupuncture, cranio-sacral help with breastfeeding?

We’re very pleased to share an interview with Nikki Lee, author of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Breastfeeding Therapy.*   She is a lactation consultant with over 35 years of experience working with new mothers and babies.Nikki’s book explores the use of a variety of complementary and alternative therapies to solve… Continue Reading >