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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 >




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 >




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 >




Podcast:  How to "milk" your maternity leave and pumping rights

Few things are as important as figuring out how long you’ll be able to leave work to be at home with a new baby, but most moms find the web of state, federal, and employer policies about maternity leave confusing to downright mysterious.Enter Lauren Wallenstein.  Lauren is a former human resources manager who now helps moms decipher what… Continue Reading >




Why waiting until at least 39 weeks is important for your baby.

We know that pregnancy, while wonderful, can also be tough.  The swelling, the waddle, the yearning to be out of maternity clothes, and of course the urge to meet your baby, can make us want to just get it over with!But the list of reasons to wait until at least 39 weeks of a healthy pregnancy to have your baby is long and powerful,… Continue Reading >




Breastfeeding, Take Two: Sucessful Breastfeeding, the Second Time Around

We’re very pleased to share an interview with Stephanie Casemore, author of Breastfeeding, Take Two:  Successful Breastfeeding the Second Time Around.*  This book is written for mothers who had a difficult breastfeeding experience with a first baby and are looking ahead to a new breastfeeding experience with a new baby.What were your… Continue Reading >