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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 >




Six Surprises of Motherhood - Guest post from Abby Theuring, the badass breastfeeder

The identity shift that we endure becoming parents can be overwhelming. We all expect that things will be different once a child arrives, but the most valuable areas of my personal growth were the things I had no idea were coming. Here are 6 surprises that have shaped my new life as a mother. My Body Works: Before kids I had a pretty… Continue Reading >




Are you getting breastfeeding-friendly care for postpartum depression?

Moms who experience postpartum depression or anxiety while breastfeeding sometimes hear from their health-care providers that they'll have to wean in order to feel better, or even that breastfeeding causes depression.  But a growing number of health care providers want to provide care for postpartum depression that is supportive of… Continue Reading >




Five tips for getting rid of a painful bleb (milk blister)

If you've ever had a bleb (also known as a milk blister) you know that they can be both painful and difficult to get rid of.  They can also lead to plugged ducts because they prevent milk from exiting the breast normally.  A bleb is a little white spot on the tip of the nipple that can look like a pimple with skin covering a white dot,… Continue Reading >




Tips to prepare for tandem nursing

Tandem nursing was something I set out to do before I even became pregnant with my second son. I thought it sounded romantic. It sounded easy. It turned out to be over-whelming and one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. Many women will end up nursing multiple children through pregnancies and beyond whether they choose to or they… Continue Reading >




Our favorite reference books and websites

In our work crafting herbal products to support the mothering journey, we've come to rely on certain books and websites for key information. These books and websites are like trusted friends - sharing wisdom and insight on topics close to our hearts.  We turn to them again and again.We are happy to share our list of favorites with you… Continue Reading >




Breastfeeding on Campus?

Are you a college or university student and breastfeeding?  Do you feel that your institution is supportive of breastfeeding and pumping?There are efforts on campuses around the country to make lactation accommodations a reality, but the success stories aren't well known. That's why we're very pleased to share an interview with the… Continue Reading >




Milk supply mystery? Use the milk supply equation to solve it.

If you're struggling with a milk supply problem,* you may be also be struggling to figure out why.  And answering that question is important, since knowing the source of the problem allows you to target your treatment to the cause.  But figuring out the "why" isn't always that easy.That's why we love the milk supply equation.In The… Continue Reading >




Milk supply mystery?  Could it be insufficient glandular tissue?

We're very pleased to share an excerpt from the new book, Finding Sufficiency: Breastfeeding with Insufficient Glandular Tissue by Diana Cassar-Uhl.  Insufficient Glandular Tissue (IGT) often creates serious breastfeeding challenges, yet it remains poorly recognized.  We're thrilled that this book is available to help mothers, and hope you… Continue Reading >




I’ve got milk supply problems, now what?

You're worried that you might have low milk supply.  What do you do now?*First, make sure that supply is really the issue.  Since there are  many things that can make your supply seem low when it isn't, it's important to figure out if supply is really the problem.Second, if supply is the issue, try to figure out the cause(s).  Getting… Continue Reading >