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Herbal poultices for engorgement

There are many remedies for breast engorgement, ranging from massage, to cold packs, to cabbage.But did you know that herbs - in the form of a poultice - can also help reduce swelling and inflammation associated with engorgement?What’s a poultice?  It’s an age-old way of treating soreness and inflammation, using moist herbs applied… Continue Reading >




African American moms and breastfeeding:  A podcast interview with Kathi Barber

African American women have the lowest breastfeeding rates in the U.S.  But it wasn’t always that way.In this podcast interview, Kathi Barber, author of The Black Woman’s Guide to Breastfeeding and Lactation Management: Strategies for Working with African American Moms, discusses the history of breastfeeding in the black community, from… Continue Reading >




Common breastfeeding concerns?  There's an app for that.

Pain.  Milk supply worries.  Sleep (and lack thereof).  A fussy baby.  Pumping.These are common concerns during breastfeeding, and they’re perennial hot topics at breastfeeding and new mom support groups.  Of course, there are many books that cover these issues, too.But what if you want quick, reliable information from a trusted source… Continue Reading >




Ten important ways partners can support breastfeeding moms

Support from partners can make breastfeeding go much more smoothly for nursing moms.  But some partners find themselves feeling unsure how to help and sometimes a bit left out.Here are ten important ways partners can help make breastfeeding a good experience for the whole family:Learn about breastfeeding.  During pregnancy, attending a… Continue Reading >




Podcast:  Birth and breastfeeding in prison

85% of women in prison are mothers, and the same percentage of women in prison are pregnant as on the outside.What is birth like for them?  How long do they have with their babies before they’re separated?  Why do some birth in shackles?  And is it possible for incarcerated mothers to breastfeed?To answer these questions we spoke with… Continue Reading >




Are you prepared for your baby’s second night?

After the rigors of labor and birth, most babies settle in for a restful first 24 hours outside the womb.And then there’s the second night.On the second night, babies often nurse on and off for hours.  Many new parents are caught off guard by this pattern, and some assume that their babies are starving.  But it’s likely just an… Continue Reading >




This year, give back to support breastfeeding

As the year draws to a close some of you may be thinking of ways to give back in support of causes close to your heart.Motherlove was founded on the idea that the gifts of the natural world can nurture the most the most basic elements of life - pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding.  So we are always looking for ways to give back in… Continue Reading >




Your tips for distracted nurslings

The cat.  Noise from a passing car.  A toy just out of reach.  Your nose. They’re all sources of distractions which can make our nurslings pop on and off the breast. We asked fans of our Facebook page to share your favorite tips for distracted nursers, and we’ve compiled these great suggestions below!“Going into another (quiet)… Continue Reading >




Trauma from childbirth?  Listen to our podcast interview

Did you have intrusive thoughts about your birth?  Flashbacks?  Do you steer clear of hospitals, or try to avoid talking about your birth?We’re very happy to share a podcast interview on trauma from childbirth, with Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, health psychologist and trauma expert.Dr. Kendall-Tackett is health psychologist, and… Continue Reading >




We’ve got a salve for that!

Itchy skin?  Stretch marks?  Eczema?  Diaper rash or thrush?  Sore nipples?  Hemorrhoids?  Chapped lips?  Bug bites?  New tattoo?We’ve got a salve for that!Motherlove’s line of protective and soothing herbal salves provides natural and effective relief to get you through many skin problems:Motherlove’s Pregnant Belly Salve is an all… Continue Reading >




Dry winter skin?  Herbs to the rescue!

As the weather gets chillier and our skin gets more prone to dryness, chapping, and redness our thoughts are turning to some herbs which can protect and soothe this season.Dry air from heating systems, winter winds, and even tissues can make our skin dry and irritated.  Here are some herbs to keep your skin stay healthy:Calendula is an… Continue Reading >




Carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy or breastfeeding

Have you had pain or numbness in your wrists, fingers, or arms pain during pregnancy or breastfeeding?*  You’re not alone.Up to 62% of women may experience carpal tunnel symptoms during pregnancy.  Typical symptoms include numbness and tingling in the fingers, burning wrist pain, and loss of grip strength and dexterity.   Pain is usually… Continue Reading >