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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 >




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 >