Hold Out for a Good Latch Improper breastfeeding latches with newborns are like poor choices in men.  They are easier to come by than the good ones, they will cause you incredible amounts of pain, and they will be the source of re-evaluating your life’s choices.  Akin to settling for the loser guy, accepting a bad latch will prevent you from being productive, comfortable, and satisfied.  It is better to be patient and hold out for a good one, even when that prospect seems elusive.   Save the Nips! You have likely heard horror stories from women who discontinued breastfeeding because the agony was simply too much to bear. Breastfeeding first

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Hold Out for a Good Latch Improper breastfeeding latches with newborns are like poor choices in men.  They are easier to come by than the good ones, they will cause you incredible amounts of pain, and they will be the source of re-evaluating your life’s choices.  Akin to settling for the loser guy, accepting a bad latch will prevent you from being productive, comfortable, and satisfied.  It is better to be patient and hold out for a good one, even when that prospect seems elusive.   Save the Nips! You have likely heard horror stories from women who discontinued breastfeeding because the agony was simply too much to bear. Breastfeeding first

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Breastfeeding Joy and Cosleeping: Bliss.  Your body finally melting into your bed, drifting to sleep to the tune of your baby’s delicate breath.  It’s music.  Fuelled by love, connection, and hormones, you feel yourself nestled in absolute bliss.  With your baby close to you, you feel complete.  This is where sleep meets you.  This is the place where you can find rest. Related Article: How to Kick Ass at Attachment Parenting       Co-Sleeping and Breastfeeding Routine: Beyond the maternal, co-sleeping has its practical perks.  Nighttime feedings are less likely to inhibit much-needed sleep (the most important of all breastfeeding essentials) for baby and for mom.  With baby in close proximity, breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding Joy and Cosleeping: Bliss.  Your body finally melting into your bed, drifting to sleep to the tune of your baby’s delicate breath.  It’s music.  Fuelled by love, connection, and hormones, you feel yourself nestled in absolute bliss.  With your baby close to you, you feel complete.  This is where sleep meets you.  This is the place where you can find rest. Related Article: How to Kick Ass at Attachment Parenting       Co-Sleeping and Breastfeeding Routine: Beyond the maternal, co-sleeping has its practical perks.  Nighttime feedings are less likely to inhibit much-needed sleep (the most important of all breastfeeding essentials) for baby and for mom.  With baby in close proximity, breastfeeding

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Top 5 Apps for Breastfeeding Your Baby Hold onto your hooters, ladies… You have probably downloaded some mediocre breastfeeding chart apps.  They are somewhat akin to your nipple shield- useful, but not terribly impressive.  Some innovative apps with valuable breastfeeding resources are out now.  It is time for us to take the beauty of breastfeeding your baby and put a techno-spin on it. Moms Pump Here Nursing Room Locator App  The Nursing Room Locator App uses GPS to guide a nursing goddess to one of over 2000 lactation rooms to breastfeed and breast pump.  This app connects you to these lactation lounges across the United States and abroad.  Moms Pump Here screens locations for your safety,

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Top 5 Apps for Breastfeeding Your Baby Hold onto your hooters, ladies… You have probably downloaded some mediocre breastfeeding chart apps.  They are somewhat akin to your nipple shield- useful, but not terribly impressive.  Some innovative apps with valuable breastfeeding resources are out now.  It is time for us to take the beauty of breastfeeding your baby and put a techno-spin on it. Moms Pump Here Nursing Room Locator App  The Nursing Room Locator App uses GPS to guide a nursing goddess to one of over 2000 lactation rooms to breastfeed and breast pump.  This app connects you to these lactation lounges across the United States and abroad.  Moms Pump Here screens locations for your safety,

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Breastfeeding at Night Whether you are breastfeeding or pumping at night, you need a plan.  The way that you approach nighttime breastfeeding is dependent upon your views on co-sleeping, demand feeding, structured feeding, and something called “sleep training”.  I’m not trying to be dismissive of the sleep training camp.  I just can’t say “sleep training” out loud without giggling.  As a mom of three, I have trained a lot of things, but my kids “sleep trained” me.  They trained me to go without sleep.  Nevertheless, I will explain these different types of breastfeeding at night in a broad scope. The co-sleeping methods: Co-sleeping is sleeping in close proximity to your child.  This is a broad

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Breastfeeding at Night Whether you are breastfeeding or pumping at night, you need a plan.  The way that you approach nighttime breastfeeding is dependent upon your views on co-sleeping, demand feeding, structured feeding, and something called “sleep training”.  I’m not trying to be dismissive of the sleep training camp.  I just can’t say “sleep training” out loud without giggling.  As a mom of three, I have trained a lot of things, but my kids “sleep trained” me.  They trained me to go without sleep.  Nevertheless, I will explain these different types of breastfeeding at night in a broad scope. The co-sleeping methods: Co-sleeping is sleeping in close proximity to your child.  This is a broad

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Cloaked in baggy clothes that are somewhere between “I’m pregnant” and “I’m just chunky”, you shake your fist at the sky and shriek, “Is it too much to ask to just fit into my freaking jeans?!  I’m a reasonable person. I’ll even take my fat jeans.  Come on, universe…why are you doing this to me?  I am breastfeeding.  WEIGHT LOSS WAS PART OF THE DEAL!” Breastfeeding Losing Weight Myths Weight gain, stretch marks, the postpardum jelly-belly…it was part of pregnancy.  While you came to grips with what had become your body, you knew that it was temporary.  After all, your plan was to breastfeed, which makes pounds fly off, obviously.  That’s what everyone said.

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Cloaked in baggy clothes that are somewhere between “I’m pregnant” and “I’m just chunky”, you shake your fist at the sky and shriek, “Is it too much to ask to just fit into my freaking jeans?!  I’m a reasonable person. I’ll even take my fat jeans.  Come on, universe…why are you doing this to me?  I am breastfeeding.  WEIGHT LOSS WAS PART OF THE DEAL!” Breastfeeding Losing Weight Myths Weight gain, stretch marks, the postpardum jelly-belly…it was part of pregnancy.  While you came to grips with what had become your body, you knew that it was temporary.  After all, your plan was to breastfeed, which makes pounds fly off, obviously.  That’s what everyone said.

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Your body is a lactional force to be reckoned with, but nursing moms get sick too.  Curled up in the fetal position, you want your mommy and are in no mood for diaper-changing, baby-burping, or being sucked on.  To make matters worse, breastfeeding with fever can dehydrate you, making you feel awful. I can’t send for your mommy.  I can tell you that unless you are sick with an extremely dangerous illness such as HIV, you can continue to breastfeed.  In fact, it’s recommended.  If you are contagious, you were already exposing your baby to your sickness germs before you felt any symptoms.  You can rest assured that breastfeeding through sickness is

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Your body is a lactional force to be reckoned with, but nursing moms get sick too.  Curled up in the fetal position, you want your mommy and are in no mood for diaper-changing, baby-burping, or being sucked on.  To make matters worse, breastfeeding with fever can dehydrate you, making you feel awful. I can’t send for your mommy.  I can tell you that unless you are sick with an extremely dangerous illness such as HIV, you can continue to breastfeed.  In fact, it’s recommended.  If you are contagious, you were already exposing your baby to your sickness germs before you felt any symptoms.  You can rest assured that breastfeeding through sickness is

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Basic Breastfeeding Supplies You registered for the breastfeeding supplies that your “breasties” insisted that you needed to have.  As well-meaning as your fellow milky mamas are, their breastfeeding recommendations may not be for you.  Breastfeeding for new moms is a unique experience.  These are the bare bones must-haves before your newborn latches on: The basics: (hover mouse over image for details) Breast pads Daytime nursing bras Nighttime nursing bras Boppy Nursing tops Nipple cream Baby wrap carrier Nursing cover Eco-Friendly Breastfeeding Recommendations Crunchy moms, unite!  I have taken the “basic breastfeeding supplies” list from above and gave it an eco-friendly twist.  Breastfeeding for new moms…crunchy style: (hover mouse over image for details) Eco-friendly

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Basic Breastfeeding Supplies You registered for the breastfeeding supplies that your “breasties” insisted that you needed to have.  As well-meaning as your fellow milky mamas are, their breastfeeding recommendations may not be for you.  Breastfeeding for new moms is a unique experience.  These are the bare bones must-haves before your newborn latches on: The basics: (hover mouse over image for details) Breast pads Daytime nursing bras Nighttime nursing bras Boppy Nursing tops Nipple cream Baby wrap carrier Nursing cover Eco-Friendly Breastfeeding Recommendations Crunchy moms, unite!  I have taken the “basic breastfeeding supplies” list from above and gave it an eco-friendly twist.  Breastfeeding for new moms…crunchy style: (hover mouse over image for details) Eco-friendly

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