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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 >




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 >