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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 >




Liquid vs. capsule? Alcohol-free? Tincture vs. tea?  Common questions about our milk supply products

Here are some answers to some common questions about our products to support milk supply:What are the advantages of a liquid extract over a dried herbal supplement or tea?Motherlove liquid extracts are made with only the highest quality certified organic herbs - picked and processed at peak potency. A liquid extract maintains this… Continue Reading >




Returning to Work? Yes, you CAN continue to exclusively breastfeed!

 We're pleased to share this guest post from Wendy Armbruster Bell.  Wendy is the Founder & Creative Director of Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear, creators of the PTPA Award-Winning PumpEase hands-free pumping bras. As the end of your maternity leave fast approaches, nursing mothers have a number of choices to maintain their breastfeeding… Continue Reading >




Tandem nursing? Here are some great resources

Are you pregnant and nursing?  Expecting to be nursing a newborn and a toddler?  Expecting twins?Tandem nursing is increasingly common practice, but resources for support and information can be hard to find.  We thought we’d share some of our favorite resources on tandem nursing.Adventures in Tandem Nursing.  The only book written on… Continue Reading >




Even if you don't plan to co-sleep, make sure your sleep surface is safe

In our recent podcast interview with Nancy Mohrbacher on night feedings and breastfed babies, she highlighted an important piece of advice:Even if you don’t plan on co-sleeping with your baby, make your sleep surface safe for co-sleeping.Why?  Because research has shown that about half of all babies end up sleeping in their parents’… Continue Reading >