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Combining Motherlove Lactation Supplements -- The Dos and Don'ts

With 8 different supplements to boost milk supply, it is no surprise that we at Motherlove get quite a few questions about which supplement to take. That is one of the reasons why we have 4 Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs) on staff. Their background knowledge about breastfeeding helps the... Continue Reading >

Need to Give Your Supply an Extra Boost? Try Power Pumping

Written by Wendy, IBCLC If you’ve started to see a drop in your pumping output, the first thing to do is to take a deep breath. It’s common for pumping moms to see their milk supply go up and down during the day or even from week to week. Depending on how often you pump, getting anywhere from 2... Continue Reading >

How to Hand Express

Hand expression to remove breast milk from your breast has been used by generations of women and throughout many different cultures. Knowing how to effectively hand express your milk from your breast can be extremely helpful if you ever experience engorgement, plugged ducts, or are separated fro... Continue Reading >

6 Surprise Benefits of Breastmilk

Written by Wendy, IBCLC Most of us are aware of the amazing benefits of breastfeeding our babies. Breastmilk provides the perfect nutritional balance for your baby; it changes throughout the day and throughout your child’s life to meet their needs. But breastmilk isn’t just a food. It contains li... Continue Reading >

Pump More Milk with Hands-On Pumping

Written by Tanya, IBCLC It's one of the best-kept secrets in the world of breastfeeding: using your hands when you pump can produce up to 50% more milk! A technique called “hands-on pumping,” researched by Dr. Jane Morton at Stanford University, is a simple and effective way to produce more milk... Continue Reading >

What in the World is Wharton’s Jelly?

Written by Sarah, IBCLC, Doula No one ever really talks about the belly button.  Its significance, purpose, and overall function is pretty vague.  As babies and toddlers, we are taught about it as a body part, “touch your nose…touch your belly button”. Mostly just to see that we know the names a... Continue Reading >

9 Tips For Maximizing Your Pumping Output

Written by Wendy, IBCLC Moms who pump for their babies are superheroes, in my book. Pumping isn’t always easy, and it’s normal to run into challenges along the way: finding time to pump, getting adequate support, and balancing breastfeeding and pumping. Yet as moms, we find that one of the most... 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 lik... Continue Reading >

Drink Up! There is No Need to Limit Your Liquid Intake

Have you ever looked closely at the Suggested Use found on the back of Motherlove’s supplements? If so, you’ll notice that it says, “for maximum effectiveness, avoid taking with more than 1-2 oz. of water.” This language was added to our products years ago because there was a concern that taking... 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 >

Optimal Positions for Labor and Birth

By Sarah, IBCLC, CD, CBE   Let’s face it, labor is hard work and requires creativity and instinct to help move the process along. Giving birth is not a sedentary sport.  Active involvement can lessen your birth time, reduce pain and decrease the need for medications. Overall satisfaction with th... 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 >