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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 >

Top 10 Things to Do When You’re up for a 2:15 am Feeding and Can’t Fall Back Asleep

We’re so tickled to share some original art created by Adrienne Hedger, artist and co-author of If These Boobs Could Talk:  A Little Humor to Pump Up the Breastfeeding Mom.  Adrienne is a writer and illustrator whose designs are published by Recycled Paper Greetings.If These Boobs Could Talk is very clever and wonderfully illustrated ode… Continue Reading >

Myth: Breastfeeding after breast implant surgery causes sagging

A recent study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has found that mothers who have had breast implant surgery and who believe that breastfeeding will cause their breasts to sag are far less likely to succeed with breastfeeding than those who don’t hold this belief.In this study of 160 women, researchers found that 86% of the… Continue Reading >

Podcast:  Here comes The Milk Truck!

Starting this month, residents of Pittsburgh may see a converted ice cream truck with a five foot breast and police-light flashing nipple on the road.  It’s The Milk Truck!Tanya Lieberman, IBCLC got to chat with Jill Miller, the creator of The Milk Truck about how it works, the inspiration for the project, whether nursing stations can… Continue Reading >

Questions About Fenugreek for Low Milk Supply?

You probably know fenugreek as the most popular herb to increase milk supply, but fenugreek sure is one multi-tasking herb.It’s long been used as a cooking spice in East Indian and Asian cuisine and can be used externally to soothe wounds and sores. It can be gargled to relieve a sore throat and its seeds aid digestion.  It’s even… Continue Reading >

Returning to Work? Yes, You CAN Continue to Exclusively Breastfeed!

We’re pleased to share a guest post from Wendy Armbruster Bell is the Founder & Creative Director of Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear, creators of the PTPA Award-Winning PumpEase hands-free pumping bras.As the end of maternity leave fast approaches, nursing mothers have a number of choices to maintain their breastfeeding relationships with… Continue Reading >

Podcast:  Lactation After Baby Loss

We’re very pleased to share an interview on the rarely discussed issue of lactation after the loss of a baby.Tanya Lieberman, IBCLC talked with Jessica Wellborn, a graduate student who studied milk donation after perinatal loss.  She is the donor coordinator at the Mothers’ Milk Bank of San Jose.Tanya and Jessica talked about the… Continue Reading >

When is a diaper rash more than a rash?

When is a diaper rash more than irritated skin?According to Dr. Sears, a rash which is “red, raised, patchy rash with sharp borders, mostly over the genitalia but with satellite spots sprinkled around the diaper area,” may be a result of an overgrowth of yeast.  Yeast rashes are more common after antibiotic use.  If your baby has a… Continue Reading >