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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The Breastfeeding Nutrition Basics Ideally, all of our diets should include a variety of foods that are packed with the nutrients that our bodies thrive on.  Most of us survive just fine on less-than-ideal foods when we are only nourishing our own bodies.  When your body is a milk factory, your nutrient stores are affected, especially if you are breastfeeding exclusively.  However, it is not necessary to adhere to a strict regimented diet to produce breast milk.  In fact, a mom’s nutrition does not affect the ability to breastfeed or the quality of her breast milk. Breast milk is produced by your mammary glands, not the food that you eat.  The

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The Breastfeeding Nutrition Basics Ideally, all of our diets should include a variety of foods that are packed with the nutrients that our bodies thrive on.  Most of us survive just fine on less-than-ideal foods when we are only nourishing our own bodies.  When your body is a milk factory, your nutrient stores are affected, especially if you are breastfeeding exclusively.  However, it is not necessary to adhere to a strict regimented diet to produce breast milk.  In fact, a mom’s nutrition does not affect the ability to breastfeed or the quality of her breast milk. Breast milk is produced by your mammary glands, not the food that you eat.  The

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Breastfeeding a Toddler Glances of disgust, unsolicited advice from your mother-in-law, lack of support from your friends, your motives being questioned…these are what you may be encountering if you are breastfeeding a toddler.  You enjoy those quiet moments with your toddler at your breast and at the same time feel guilty when you are faced with comments like “he’s too old for that” and “Don’t you think it’s time to wean her?” A Global View of Breastfeeding Duration Extended breastfeeding (breastfeeding beyond 12 months) may raise eyebrows and criticism in our culture, but let’s take a more expanded view on the matter.  Typical breastfeeding duration across the globe is 2-4 years. 

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Breastfeeding a Toddler Glances of disgust, unsolicited advice from your mother-in-law, lack of support from your friends, your motives being questioned…these are what you may be encountering if you are breastfeeding a toddler.  You enjoy those quiet moments with your toddler at your breast and at the same time feel guilty when you are faced with comments like “he’s too old for that” and “Don’t you think it’s time to wean her?” A Global View of Breastfeeding Duration Extended breastfeeding (breastfeeding beyond 12 months) may raise eyebrows and criticism in our culture, but let’s take a more expanded view on the matter.  Typical breastfeeding duration across the globe is 2-4 years. 

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Use of Breast Pump 101 She has milk in her chesticles and it needs to come out.  Pronto.  Sure, you’ll never see her the same again, but it’s time to get your hands dirty…or should I say “milky”. How you can help: Get to know the breast pump.  Familiarize yourself with the directions so that if there are any problems, you can solve them. Assemble the pump for her.  She’s trying to be supermom and doesn’t want to ask for help. Give your woman some privacy.  Seeing your blouse bunnies getting sucked up into tubes makes us feel self-conscious.  She wants you to still see her as sexy. Offer to take the

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Use of Breast Pump 101 She has milk in her chesticles and it needs to come out.  Pronto.  Sure, you’ll never see her the same again, but it’s time to get your hands dirty…or should I say “milky”. How you can help: Get to know the breast pump.  Familiarize yourself with the directions so that if there are any problems, you can solve them. Assemble the pump for her.  She’s trying to be supermom and doesn’t want to ask for help. Give your woman some privacy.  Seeing your blouse bunnies getting sucked up into tubes makes us feel self-conscious.  She wants you to still see her as sexy. Offer to take the

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As I mentioned in my article, “Mind Your Own Boobies- Public Breastfeeding”, you’re going to have to venture outside of your home unless the reclusive lifestyle is for you.  The key to success for taking your pumping show on the road is planning ahead.  Whether you have a single electric breast pump, a double electric breast pump, or a battery operated breast pump, make sure that you have all of the parts. First things first: get a good bag for breast pumps and organize it well using the checklist below. Download the Nursing Room Locator App by Moms Pump Here (found on iTunes and Google Play).  This GPS-enabled app searches to

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As I mentioned in my article, “Mind Your Own Boobies- Public Breastfeeding”, you’re going to have to venture outside of your home unless the reclusive lifestyle is for you.  The key to success for taking your pumping show on the road is planning ahead.  Whether you have a single electric breast pump, a double electric breast pump, or a battery operated breast pump, make sure that you have all of the parts. First things first: get a good bag for breast pumps and organize it well using the checklist below. Download the Nursing Room Locator App by Moms Pump Here (found on iTunes and Google Play).  This GPS-enabled app searches to

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