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Tongue Tie and Breastfeeding: What You Need To Know

By Wendy, IBCLC If you are a breastfeeding mom, you’ve likely heard a lot of buzz surrounding tongue ties and breastfeeding — and it can get very confusing! Some seem to say that tongue ties are the cause of every breastfeeding challenge; others complain that claims about tongue tie and breastf... Continue Reading >

Should You Take Fenugreek for Low Milk Supply? What’s up with the “Fenugreek-Free” Movement?

By Wendy Wisner, IBCLC An Introduction by Motherlove Have you been seeing negative sentiment around fenugreek on social media lately? How did the most popular herb for boosting milk supply recently lose its place in the spotlight? Will fenugreek dry up my milk supply? Is fenugreek bad for me?  W... Continue Reading >

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 >

How to Power Pump to Increase Milk Supply

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 >

It’s Never Too Late to Get Breastfeeding Help

Getting started with breastfeeding, especially the first time around, is often a challenge - but know there is a support to help your journey and experience. A lactation consultant (IBCLC), or a La Leche League or Breastfeeding USA counselor can provide critical help and encouragement in those e... Continue Reading >

How Do I Take Motherlove Products to Boost My Milk Supply?

Not sure how to take Motherlove products to boost your milk supply?  Here are our answers to some common questions: How much of my Motherlove product should I take? Liquid Extracts Under 175 lbs: 1 ml - 4 times per day Over 175 lbs: 2 mls - 3 times per day Capsules Under 175 lbs: 1 capsule 4 tim... Continue Reading >

Feeding Breast Milk by Bottle? Learn Paced Feeding to Avoid Overfeeding Your Baby

You may not be able to overfeed a baby at the breast, but it is possible to overfeed (and overwhelm) a baby with a bottle of breast milk. Paced feeding is a method that helps to prevent this problem, and may be useful for you to learn if you’ll be returning to work and pumping, if you’re exclusi... 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 >

Managing Hemorrhoids During and After Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids are a common but very unwelcome part of pregnancy.  So you may be wondering what can you do to prevent them, and what can you do to treat them. What are hemorrhoids, and why are we more likely to get them during pregnancy? Hemorrhoids are a result of increased blood flow in pregnancy... Continue Reading >