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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Your first registry:  Amazon Baby Registry Baby registry 101…you want the most awesome baby stuff, but you are expecting a baby.  This means that you are expecting expenses.  The goal here is to get your fan club (aka, family and friends) to buy them for you.   The best way to ensure that you get what you want is from a registry.  Not just any registry, though.  You need one that makes it really easy for people to shop for what YOU want.  This prevents your aunt from winging it and buying you an ugly flowery nursing cover.  Yes, I’m scarred.  See my article “Mind Your Own Boobies!- Public Breastfeeding”.  I’m not

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Your first registry:  Amazon Baby Registry Baby registry 101…you want the most awesome baby stuff, but you are expecting a baby.  This means that you are expecting expenses.  The goal here is to get your fan club (aka, family and friends) to buy them for you.   The best way to ensure that you get what you want is from a registry.  Not just any registry, though.  You need one that makes it really easy for people to shop for what YOU want.  This prevents your aunt from winging it and buying you an ugly flowery nursing cover.  Yes, I’m scarred.  See my article “Mind Your Own Boobies!- Public Breastfeeding”.  I’m not

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Boba Baby Wrap: The BEST Baby Wrap Carrier Boba Baby is a shining star among wrap baby carriers.  It’s so soft and easy to use.  There are no buckles and no need for the ability to use contortionist tricks to put on.  Just like a new bra…you will have to play with adjusting it just right.  The Boba Baby Wrap keeps your baby comfortably snuggled up next to you. Is the Boba Baby Wrap Carrier Easy? The tying is easy and so is the machine washing.  Breastfeeding is easy without having to untie.  If you like a little cover when you’re breastfeeding, you will love Boba Baby. Boba Baby Wrap Product Specifications:

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Boba Baby Wrap: The BEST Baby Wrap Carrier Boba Baby is a shining star among wrap baby carriers.  It’s so soft and easy to use.  There are no buckles and no need for the ability to use contortionist tricks to put on.  Just like a new bra…you will have to play with adjusting it just right.  The Boba Baby Wrap keeps your baby comfortably snuggled up next to you. Is the Boba Baby Wrap Carrier Easy? The tying is easy and so is the machine washing.  Breastfeeding is easy without having to untie.  If you like a little cover when you’re breastfeeding, you will love Boba Baby. Boba Baby Wrap Product Specifications:

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See larger image Spectra 2 Double Electric Breast Pump Features: INCLUDES: Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double/Single Breast Pump, 12 Volt AC Power Adapter, Detachable Power Cord Prong, (2) Spectra Wide Neck Bottle, (2) Spectra Backflow Protector, (2) Spectra Duckbill Valve, (2) Spectra Tubing, (4) Flange (2-24mm & 2-28mm),CLOSED SYSTEM: No need to clean the narrow tubing because Spectra S2 has a closed pumping system that keeps tubing dry by preventing air flow between expressed milk and pump tubing while pumping. This aides in protecting breast milk and baby from bacteria, mold and viruses while pumping., CUSTOMIZABLE SETTINGS: Each mother can customize her pump’s settings to her own body’s response and

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See larger image Spectra 2 Double Electric Breast Pump Features: INCLUDES: Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double/Single Breast Pump, 12 Volt AC Power Adapter, Detachable Power Cord Prong, (2) Spectra Wide Neck Bottle, (2) Spectra Backflow Protector, (2) Spectra Duckbill Valve, (2) Spectra Tubing, (4) Flange (2-24mm & 2-28mm),CLOSED SYSTEM: No need to clean the narrow tubing because Spectra S2 has a closed pumping system that keeps tubing dry by preventing air flow between expressed milk and pump tubing while pumping. This aides in protecting breast milk and baby from bacteria, mold and viruses while pumping., CUSTOMIZABLE SETTINGS: Each mother can customize her pump’s settings to her own body’s response and

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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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Array The Purely Yours Breast Pump by Ameda The three Purely Yours breast pump models have received a lot of attention lately.  They are the leader when it comes to breast pumps that insurance companies will cover.  The lower cost of these breast pumps is intriguing too.  Here are the specs on the models: Purely Yours Models Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump Purely Yours Express Double Electric Breast Pump Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Breast Pump Price Around $80.00  Around $100  Around $140 Weight 5.9 lbs  3.8 lbs 7.1 pounds  Adjustable suction/speed yes yes  yes  Includes: (in addition the pump, flanges, tubing, etc.) 2 bottles, tote bag  2 bottles, tote bag, sample

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Array The Purely Yours Breast Pump by Ameda The three Purely Yours breast pump models have received a lot of attention lately.  They are the leader when it comes to breast pumps that insurance companies will cover.  The lower cost of these breast pumps is intriguing too.  Here are the specs on the models: Purely Yours Models Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump Purely Yours Express Double Electric Breast Pump Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Breast Pump Price Around $80.00  Around $100  Around $140 Weight 5.9 lbs  3.8 lbs 7.1 pounds  Adjustable suction/speed yes yes  yes  Includes: (in addition the pump, flanges, tubing, etc.) 2 bottles, tote bag  2 bottles, tote bag, sample

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