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How Much Milk Is Really Needed Before Returning to Work?

Written by Tanya, IBCLC     Let's face it, going back to work after having a baby is stressful, even under the best of circumstances.    For pumping moms, one source of comfort can be a stash of breastmilk in the freezer.  Those bags of frozen milk symbolize security - an insurance policy agains... Continue Reading >

Is Pumping Causing You Pain?

Written by Tanya, IBCLC Pumping should not hurt. And since few of us would say we enjoy logging hours with our pumps, painful pumping can feel like adding injury to insult.Unfortunately, discomfort while pumping is fairly common. Research has found that about 27% of mothers found pumping uncomfor... Continue Reading >

Prolactin and the Importance of Nighttime Nursing or Pumping

Written by Wendy, IBCLC Waking up to nurse your baby can be exhausting. After a while, most of us mamas get used to it, and babies and toddlers do eventually outgrow the need to nurse at night (when that is varies widely!). But when you are in it, it is so easy to feel irritated, defeated … and ... Continue Reading >

How to Navigate the Return to Work as a Breastfeeding Mom

Written by Wendy, IBCLC Returning to work as a breastfeeding mom can be so difficult. Separating from your baby for the first time may be extremely emotional; figuring out how to pump, maintain your milk supply, and ensure sure that your workplace gives you adequate accommodations can be very st... Continue Reading >

How Nipple Cream is Made

  Motherlove began making our award-winning Nipple Cream in 1995. At that time, our founder Kathryn harvested the herbs from her own property and made the salve in crock pots in her kitchen. While the recipe for Nipple Cream hasn’t changed much since then, the demand, and therefore the methods of... Continue Reading >

The Amazing Benefits of Malunggay (Moringa)

The benefits of breastfeeding are widely studied and well-known. Babies who are exclusively breastfed have lower rates of respiratory infections, asthma, eczema, diarrhea, ear infections, and obesity, just to name a few. However, many women do not exclusively breastfeed for six months, as recomme... Continue Reading >

Different Flange Size for Each Breast?

No two breasts are the same so don’t assume your pump flanges should be the same size! All breast pumps come with at least one set of breast flanges, also known as breast shields, averaging in size from 24-27 millimeters. However, did you know that it is extremely common for a person to need di... Continue Reading >

Why No Lanolin in Motherlove's Nipple Cream?

When we talk about our best-selling Nipple Cream, we often say it’s ‘lanolin free’. This frequently raises the question, “why?”. Lanolin is in some widely available and well-known creams, so why did we choose to omit this common ingredient? What is lanolin? Lanolin is a natural wax coating on sh... Continue Reading >

Ten Breastfeeding Myths

Written by Tanya, IBCLC    A few months ago we shared some ten common myths about breastfeeding. Unfortunately, there are many more worrisome myths about breastfeeding and we thought we'd debunk another ten below.  Breastfeeding makes your hair fall out. It's common to lose more hair than usual ... Continue Reading >

When Should I Start Taking a Breastfeeding Supplement to Support My Milk Supply?

When preparing for baby, there can be a lot of planning going on - the nursery, the hospital bag, the diaper bag essentials and often, mothers who are choosing to breastfeed, want to prepare for that as well. This leads us to one of our most commonly asked questions, “when should I start taking ... Continue Reading >

2018 studies confirm the power of breastfeeding

Written by Tanya, IBCLC    Each year brings new research findings about the power of breastfeeding and breastmilk, and 2018 was no exception.  Below are some of the highlights in breastfeeding research this year.  You can see the 2017 research, too! Breastfeeding may offer some protection agains... Continue Reading >

How to Take a Tincture

  If you’ve ever tried Motherlove’s lactation tinctures, you know they have a very strong taste! This is due to the high concentration of herbs and the inclusion of grain alcohol, which we use because it most effectively extracts the important herbal components a breastfeeding mom needs. If you a... Continue Reading >