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    My Son Didn’t Even Know I Had a Bathing Suit…

    ‘Mom’, he’d exclaimed, ‘you got a swimsuit!’ I hadn’t. I’ve had the same one for ten years. But had he ever seen me wear it? No, not often enough to remember.  I’ve been stuck on the sand while my family waded into the water for about......

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    Secrets No One Ever Tells You About Sex After Baby

    Are you doing it? That’s right- we’re going there. Let’s talk about sex. Before I had my first baby, no one ever told me all the challenges my husband and I might experience after she arrived. I DON’T want the same to happen to you.......

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    Improving Maternal Health Around the World: A Clinic at a Time

    Having a baby should be cause for celebration. But, when a woman learns she’s pregnant in Bichena, Ethiopia, her family and friends don’t congratulate her. Instead, they wish her luck, knowing that, her odds of both her and baby surviving pregnancy and birth are much......

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    Our Favorite Breastfeeding Trends on Instagram (and Where to Find Them…)

    Unabashed Brelfies If you’ve ever wanted to feel support and solidarity with other breastfeeding moms, this trend is for you! Brelfies inspire breastfeeding moms to be proud of breastfeeding in private or in public and encourage ALL of us to see the beauty in breastfeeding.......

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    So You’ll Never Have to Say ‘No One Ever Told Me’ When Baby Comes…

    I hear it all the time from the moms around me, ‘no one ever told me.’ When it comes to so many of the hard things about motherhood, why do so many new moms feel like they were left in the dark?  IT got me thinking…why......

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    PPD or SADD? 5 Things You Can to Boost Your Winter Mood

    I live in Seattle and it. is. dark. It’s amazing how you can go from feeling like a fully functional human at the beginning of fall to a lethargic (yet exceptionally on edge) hibernating bear, searching through garbage cans for remnants of something anything shiny enough......

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    7 Things You Can Do While You Breastfeed (or Pump)

    Stuck under a cluster feeding baby today? Here are 4 things you can do right from your living room. Order your groceries. Services like Amazon Fresh allow you to shop online, then ship/deliver your groceries right to your door.  Or there’s Instacart, which sends an independent grocery delivery......

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    3 Things I Wish My Doc Told Me at My 6 Week Check Up

    Oh, the 6 to 8 week check up. The golden standard of doctor’s visits postpartum. The oh-so-blissful experience of showing up at the doctor’s office just weeks after our life has been turned upside down and our OBGYN gives us the once over, give us......

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    Baking for a Boost: Holiday Inspired Lactation Cookies

    Brightly lit houses and a chill in the air make me crave peppermint. These chocolatey, peppermint cookies are the perfect holiday treat. Ingredients:  1 package of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Milkmakers IT’S A MIX!  2 Tbsp. of water (total of 4 Tbsp. water)  1/4 Cup of cocoa......

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    Best Gifts for New & Nursing Moms (Partners, Family, Friends Take Note!)

    Thanks so much to all who joined us today on Facebook LIVE with our host, Diana Cherry,  and  our guest, Anna Williams, of Village Maternity. If you didn’t have a chance to catch the segment live, you can always head over to Facebook NOW to watch......

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    Join Us on Facebook LIVE and WIN BIG

    Did you know you can have a lactation consultant, a doula, a midwife, your favorite blogger, or another mom going through exactly what you’re going through sitting right across from you in your living room every other Thursday- without having to worry about picking up......

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    More Women Are Talking About PostPartum Mood Disorders, And That’s a Good Thing

    5 years ago, when my daughter Harper was born, I had heard a lot about Postpartum Depression. I thought I knew everything there was to know- and because the crushing weight of depression wasn’t exactly what I was feeling as I slogged through the weight......

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    It Was a Total Disaster…And It Showed

    Just 2 short weeks after my daughter, Harper, was born, my husband, Lucas, and I packed up our little apartment in the suburbs of Southern California and headed for a new life in Seattle. Those first few weeks in our new place were pretty rough,......

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    Top 25 Breastfeeding Myths Debunked…Which Ones Did You Think Were True?

    Breastfeeding is painful for the first few weeks. No, it shouldn’t be. If it is, it’s a sign that something isn’t right with baby’s latch. It can be painful feeding a baby when your breasts are ripped to shreds. Contact a lactation consultant ASAP so......

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    To Wean or Not to Wean…That is the Question

    Is it the best time? The American Pediatric Association recommends breastfeeding for at least the first year of your child’s life and the World Health Organization recommends at least 2 years. That’s because breast milk boosts immunity, increases IQ, wards of diseases like cancer and......

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    The Facts About Health Coverage You Need to Know

    My dear colleague and friend, Joy Funston, recently attended a webinar to understand the rights of the breastfeeding mother under the Affordable Care Act. (In the US) She graciously shared what she learned with her colleagues. We collaborated to write this post and bring this......

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    5 Reasons You Should Consider a Doula

    You need support. As well meaning as family, friends, and your partner sometimes are, a doula is there for you and you first. Meaning she can often be the most unbiased person in the room. She’s seen it all before. So, her reaction(s) won’t add......

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    The 5 Stages of Breastfeeding

    The ‘Will It Be This Hard Forever?’ Stage… In the beginning it’s difficult because you’re both learning. You don’t know what to expect, and neither does baby. Baby doesn’t have the neck support it takes to make her way to your breast, so it’s completely......

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    5 Things Employers Need to Stop Doing to Working Moms

    If you’re an employer doing any one of these 5 things, it’s time to rethink the way you’re treating the moms who work for you. You might just find it’s not just them who benefits . So, employers, it’s time you stopped… Blaming Her When a mother......

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    3 Types of Bada$$ Breastfeeding Moms On the Go

    The Walking Wet Bar Did you know you can breastfeed your baby while carrying them in a front pack? It doesn’t matter if you’re walking the dog, heading through airport security, riding the bus, even walking the halls of a professional conference- just strap them......