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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 >




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 >




Milk Supply False Alarms

When you're breastfeeding - especially for the first time - it can be hard to keep worries about milk supply at bay. Is my baby getting enough? Why does she want to nurse so frequently? Will I be able to pump enough?The belief that you aren't making enough milk when you actually are is common enough that there is a name for… Continue Reading >




Malunggay, the “Miracle” Tree

 One of Motherlove’s newest supplements for supporting breast milk supply is Malunggay – also known as Moringa (moringa oleifera), or nature’s “miracle tree.” It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, and widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas all… Continue Reading >




Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding

Heartburn, backache, morning sickness, insomnia, pain from tearing... the list of discomforts from the childbearing year can seem endless. But at Motherlove, we've long known that for each challenge there are herbs and essential oils that can provide gentle and effective relief. We are therefore very pleased to share a new book,… Continue Reading >




How to Transition from one Motherlove Herbal Supplement to Another

At Motherlove, we’ve created a number of different herbal formulas for increasing milk supply that meet a variety of needs. These formulas are carefully composed to address different causes of low milk supply in different situations. To determine which formula best fits your needs, take a look at our guide. Sometimes after making a choice… Continue Reading >




California high school students get the right to breastfeed and pump at school

This January 1st, some moms in California had something to celebrate:  a new law giving them the right to breastfeed or pump while attending public schools (up to grade 12).With by far the highest number of births in any state (one in every eight babies born in the United States), and a nearly 94% breastfeeding initiation rate, this new… Continue Reading >