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Comfrey: A healing herb, but for external use only

The plant world offers us many healing herbs, and you’ll find many of them in our salves and other products.But there are some herbs which are healing when used externally, but are not safe for ingestion.  One such herb is Comfrey.We often hear from mothers who have questions and concerns about the use of comfrey in breast compresses… Continue Reading >




The Top Ten Breastfeeding Stories of 2012

Breastfeeding made the news quite a bit in 2012.  And this year also saw a number of advances in support for breastfeeding moms.  Here is our round up of the year’s highlights!Federal pumping law upheld.  The Affordable Health Care Act contained some important advances for nursing moms, and these were in jeopardy due to court… Continue Reading >




Safer, Smarter & Stronger—High Park Fire Update

It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection. —Voltaire Motherlove was born in Rist Canyon, in the mountains west of Fort Collins. The beginnings of the company and our family beginnings are one and the same. My mother started making the products we sell today from herbs and plants she… Continue Reading >




Our 2012 celebrity breastfeeding round-up!

2012 saw a whole lot of celebrities talking about breastfeeding their babies and nursing in public.  We thought you’d enjoy this round-up of some of the more memorable celebrity moments!Breastfeeding had its first ever celebrity event promoting breastfeeding and Motherlove was proud to be a sponsor!  Held in partnership with Healthy… Continue Reading >




2012 breastfeeding research brings answers, questions, and yet more reasons to breastfeed!

2012 brought a wealth of new research findings on breastfeeding!Check out our links below for a (partial) list of the latest evidence on the effects of breastfeeding on mothers’ and babies’ health, the constituents and functions of breastmilk, and new insights in breastfeeding practice and policy.Breastfeeding associated with these… Continue Reading >




Oh, my aching… What nursing moms should know about ergonomics and breastfeeding

If you’ve had shoulder, wrist, back or other muscle pain while breastfeeding, you’re probably not alone.Breastfeeding (as well as bottle feeding) requires that we log lots of hours in one or more position, and if those positions set us up for pain we’re sure to feel it!We asked, Debbie Roberts, an occupational therapist and author of… Continue Reading >




"Ready to Wean:"  A new children's book about weaning

We’re very pleased to share an interview with Elyse April, author of the new children’s book, Ready to Wean:  The Return of the Dangling Red Earrings.This book is a welcome addition to the growing library of children’s books about breastfeeding, and is the only current one about the topic of weaning.Want to see more children’s books… Continue Reading >




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 >