Mastitis- The bitch has got to go! Humming along your breastfeeding journey, you meet her.  You’ve heard of her and have been warned.  Now you feel her presence in your life.  She’s evil.  She must go.  Now.     “I felt like I was going to die.  Fever…pain…my tit the color of a tomato.  And trying to breastfeed through it felt like lava was  shooting out of my nipple.”   Symptoms of Mastitis Fever of 101 or higher Generally feeling shitty Swelling and pain in the breast Breast/breasts: red and hot to the touch   What causes mastitis? Blocked milk duct (usually when your nursing bra is too tight) Bacteria Related

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Mastitis- The bitch has got to go! Humming along your breastfeeding journey, you meet her.  You’ve heard of her and have been warned.  Now you feel her presence in your life.  She’s evil.  She must go.  Now.     “I felt like I was going to die.  Fever…pain…my tit the color of a tomato.  And trying to breastfeed through it felt like lava was  shooting out of my nipple.”   Symptoms of Mastitis Fever of 101 or higher Generally feeling shitty Swelling and pain in the breast Breast/breasts: red and hot to the touch   What causes mastitis? Blocked milk duct (usually when your nursing bra is too tight) Bacteria Related

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  Information Overload Your first parenting decision has been made.  You have chosen to breastfeed your baby. Now you click away at links to gather information.  You have never fed a human from your boob before.  You discover a new vocabulary with seemingly unkind words like “latch”, “engorgement”, “let-down”, and “sling”.     “What in the hell is a nipple shield?   Nobody told me that my nips were going into a battle that would require armor!”     Breastfeeding for Beginners The inundation of breastfeeding information can drive your ta-tas to throw themselves into oncoming traffic.  Beginning your nursing adventure with just the breastfeeding basics is the better path to breastfeeding

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  Information Overload Your first parenting decision has been made.  You have chosen to breastfeed your baby. Now you click away at links to gather information.  You have never fed a human from your boob before.  You discover a new vocabulary with seemingly unkind words like “latch”, “engorgement”, “let-down”, and “sling”.     “What in the hell is a nipple shield?   Nobody told me that my nips were going into a battle that would require armor!”     Breastfeeding for Beginners The inundation of breastfeeding information can drive your ta-tas to throw themselves into oncoming traffic.  Beginning your nursing adventure with just the breastfeeding basics is the better path to breastfeeding

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Nipplegate…the Struggle is Real Public breastfeeding has created a divide between the public breastfeeding moms and those who are opposed to their practice.  Wanting to bridge the gap, I perused the Internet and discovered actual questions from people who are vehemently opposed to public breastfeeding.  Until we address their concerns and embrace compromise, Nipplegate will continue to erode the fabric of our community. Lactation Liason to the Rescue! As your Lactation Liason, I am here to answer the most burning questions on your behalf.  I realize that you are capable of speaking for yourself, but the lactophobic community will not directly address you.  Try not to take this personally.  It’s not you.

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Nipplegate…the Struggle is Real Public breastfeeding has created a divide between the public breastfeeding moms and those who are opposed to their practice.  Wanting to bridge the gap, I perused the Internet and discovered actual questions from people who are vehemently opposed to public breastfeeding.  Until we address their concerns and embrace compromise, Nipplegate will continue to erode the fabric of our community. Lactation Liason to the Rescue! As your Lactation Liason, I am here to answer the most burning questions on your behalf.  I realize that you are capable of speaking for yourself, but the lactophobic community will not directly address you.  Try not to take this personally.  It’s not you.

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Babywearing Basics Babywearing is the practice of carrying a baby close to the parent’s body-usually in a or . Babywearing has been practiced for centuries around the world and has recently gained popularity in western civilization.  The influence of attachment parenting has propelled this shift.  Research proves that bonding is heightened through babywearing due to an increase in the mother’s oxytocin levels.  As the baby is close to mom’s chest, her physiology is affected.  The result is a decrease in postpartum depression/psychosis.   The father, who has likely experienced some exclusion in the bonding process of pregnancy, benefits from the babywearing experience by deepening the paternal bond. Related Article: How to Kick Ass

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Babywearing Basics Babywearing is the practice of carrying a baby close to the parent’s body-usually in a or . Babywearing has been practiced for centuries around the world and has recently gained popularity in western civilization.  The influence of attachment parenting has propelled this shift.  Research proves that bonding is heightened through babywearing due to an increase in the mother’s oxytocin levels.  As the baby is close to mom’s chest, her physiology is affected.  The result is a decrease in postpartum depression/psychosis.   The father, who has likely experienced some exclusion in the bonding process of pregnancy, benefits from the babywearing experience by deepening the paternal bond. Related Article: How to Kick Ass

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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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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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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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