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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 >




During a growth spurt, let the baby drive

You've been breastfeeding for a few weeks, and you're just starting to feel like you've got the hang of it.And then one day your baby wants to nurse around the clock.  She seems unsatisfied after feedings.  She's fussy at the breast, sometimes pulling away with a look of frustration.All of a sudden your growing sense of success turns… Continue Reading >




Feeling down after weaning?  You’re not alone.

When I stopped breastfeeding I had a few weeks of almost a depression where I didn't want to soothe my little one or do much of anything. After my normal hormones took back over and everything was balancing back out it all went back to normal.I kept thinking that it felt like the postpartum depression I had with my first, but it didn't… Continue Reading >




Mastitis, again?

We know how painful and frustrating it can be to have a breast infection.  And to add insult to injury, some moms struggle with multiple bouts of mastitis.  Between the pain, fever and chills, fatigue, and maddening feeling that it will never end, recurrent mastitis is a true challenge to the breastfeeding relationship.So we thought we'd… Continue Reading >




Did your milk come in late?  Are you concerned that it will?

Having your milk come in late (defined as more than 72 hours after birth) can be frustrating and sometimes scary.  And research shows that it can be a real barrier to meeting your breastfeeding goals.Unfortunately it's also fairly common.  The CDC reports that one in four mothers experience a delay in milk coming in - one in three for… Continue Reading >




How to stop using a nipple shield

Moms start using nipple shields for many reasons.  Sometimes it's because of flat or inverted nipples.  Sometimes it's for latch difficulty or a disorganized suck.  Sometimes it's to get a bottle-fed baby back to the breast, or for an overactive let down.Whatever the reason, once babies get used to using a nipple shield it's fairly… Continue Reading >




Does size matter?  How breast storage capacity can affect breastfeeding

Does size matter?  This is a question moms have asked for generations.When it comes to making enough milk for your baby, the answer is flatly no.  It's long been clear that women with small breasts can make just as much milk as women with large breasts.  With the exception of moms who have insufficient glandular tissue, size just doesn't… Continue Reading >




Ten ways to encourage let down while pumping

If you're a pumping mom you know that getting your milk to let down is the key to getting a good volume of milk.  We know that pumping is probably not any mom's idea of a good time, and that it's particularly frustrating when you can't get your milk to let down. So we'd like to offer some tips to help you get your milk to let down,… Continue Reading >




Decreasing formula while building your supply

You've had low milk supply, and you've had to supplement with formula.  But you're working hard to increase your milk supply, and are seeing some progress. This can be a tricky point in your breastfeeding journey.  Wean from formula too quickly and your baby may not gain enough weight.  Wean for formula too slowly and you risk… Continue Reading >