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Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

We are so happy to be celebrating breastfeeding again this year, and thought we'd suggest some ways you can join in the fun. In the spirit of this year's theme – breastfeeding as a key to sustainable development – most of these ideas are free or low cost, and environmentally-friendly.Join a Global Big Latch On event! On August 5th and… Continue Reading >

Does your state Medicaid program cover donor milk for preterm babies?

Have you heard that New York may soon join California, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Utah, and Washington, D.C., in providing insurance coverage for pasteurized donor breastmilk for preterm and other medically needy infants?A bill currently on Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk would require that the New York Medicaid program pay for donor milk… Continue Reading >

No wasted pumped breastmilk!

 It's a thought that strikes fear in the heart of every pumping mom: wasting hard-earned breastmilk. We know moms who really have cried over spilled or wasted milk!Here are a few tips for making the most of your pumped milk, and avoid seeing any go down the drain:Freeze and defrost in small amounts. Freezing in small amounts (two… Continue Reading >

Mastitis is never fun.

Mastitis is never fun. Pain, flu-like symptoms, and an often fussy baby make it one of the most dreaded breastfeeding problems. And to add insult to injury, when it's all over many moms discover that their milk supply on the affected breast has declined significantly.Here are a few things you can do to protect and rebuild your supply… Continue Reading >

Could iron deficiency be harming your milk supply?

If you’re iron-deficient after having your baby, you are not alone. It is estimated that up to one in four women experience iron-deficiency after giving birth.Low iron levels can make life – let alone life parenting a new baby – very difficult. Symptoms of iron deficiency can include feeling weak and tired, feeling dizzy or cranky,… Continue Reading >

Keeping up your supply when your baby won’t nurse

Sometimes babies just won't nurse. For some, this behavior starts from birth and for others, it takes the form of a "nursing strike" sometime during breastfeeding. There are also instances where moms want to relactate for a baby who has weaned altogether.If your baby is refusing to nurse, you're probably pretty concerned about how to… Continue Reading >

Tips for pumping with larger breasts

If you're a large breasted nursing mom, you may have had some unique struggles finding nursing bras or nursing positions that are comfortable. What is often especially challenging however, is pumping! While the basics of breastfeeding and pumping remain the same, there are some different considerations for larger breasted women who are… Continue Reading >

The Galactagogue Recipe Book

For those of you looking to eat your way to a more robust milk supply, The Galactagogue Recipe Book may be the guide you're looking for!Written by a pharmacist and cook husband-and-wife team, this book contains over 200 recipes that include galactogenic herbs and grains. Each herb and grain is identified as either a major or minor… Continue Reading >

Pump more milk with hands-on pumping

It's one of the best kept secrets in the world of breastfeeding: using your hands when you pump can produce up to 50% more milk!A technique called "hands-on pumping," researched by Dr. Jane Morton at Stanford University, is a simple and effective way to produce more milk when you pump. Dr. Morton discovered this while investigating ways… Continue Reading >

Every day is Earth Day at Motherlove!

April in Colorado always brings a softening to the earth, a renewal of life, and the first smattering of buds and green leaves on plants and trees. It is a month where many activities are planned for Earth Day celebrations throughout the country; and for us here at Motherlove, it is a busy time for renewing work on our farm and for… Continue Reading >

Childhood sexual abuse and breastfeeding

Today we are pleased to share a post on the topic of childhood sexual abuse and breastfeeding, by Dianne Cassidy, the author of the new book: Clinics in Human Lactation: Emotional and Physical Trauma. Recognizing that more than 20-25% of women have been sexually abused, 25% have experienced intimate partner violence, and an untold number… Continue Reading >

Could a placental issue be the cause of your milk supply problems?

Unless you've encapsulated your placenta, you probably haven't given it too much thought since your birth. But did you know that your placenta plays a key role in the development of your milk supply? Here are three lesser known ways that your placenta can affect your breastfeeding experience:Retained placental fragments. The delivery of… Continue Reading >