Breastfeeding

October 25, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Will you be towing along a nursling to your Halloween festivities this year? No need to let it stop you from getting dressed up and having fun with the occasion! There are so many costumes you can wear that will either easily incorporate your baby into the costume, or make breastfeeding easier.... Read More
October 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Weaning a child from breastfeeding can be a tricky, confusing, and emotional time for parents and children. There are questions about when to do it and how to do it. There are intense emotions from both parent and child, and of course there's the physical changes to contend with. In a new guide book... Read More
September 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are so many options when it comes to choosing a breast pump! Apart from a vast array of brands of pumps, there's the type of pump to consider, which can be confusing and overwhelming. That's why Lamaze, in conjunction with Aeroflow Breastpumps, which specializes in helping pregnant and nursing... Read More
September 12, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We apologize for the gap in posts; posting on time has been a challenge since the blog administrator herself evacuated Florida with family in tow to ride out Hurricane Irma on safer ground! Thankfully, all is mostly well in my neighborhood and I can return home soon. As you know from news reports, o... Read More
August 25, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today begins Black Breastfeeding Week, an awareness event created to address the breastfeeding gap and share the distinct challenges and obstacles experienced within the African-American community. This year's theme is #BetOnBlack because, as the website describes, that's "how our families and those... Read More
August 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breast milk is the best first and exclusive food for babies for the first six months of life. Yet, despite this message having been widely shared across the United States, we still struggle as a nation to keep breastfeeding beyond the first few weeks and months. Let's take a look at the most recent... Read More
August 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this year, Lamaze released the revised, 3rd edition version of our book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out our full review here.) Since it's release, we've been sharing little snapshots of what's inside -- you can view all the posts in this series here. Throughout the month,... Read More
August 11, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breast Pumps Direct, an online marketplace for breast pumps, has launched their "Chance to Choose Program," a breast pump “trade-up” program that allows parents to trade in their insurance-provided pump in exchange for a brand new pump of their choice at a heavily reduced price. The traded-in pumps... Read More
August 9, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I was all geared up and ready to breastfeed when I had my baby a year ago. While I was not necessarily excited about it, I knew that it was what I wanted for my baby.  My personal goal was to exclusively breastfeed for one year and then switch the baby to whole milk.  I read books, looked up article... Read More
August 2, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On third babies and simplicity...

Simon is doing great. He is growing like a weed and by his 11th day had already surpassed his birth weight. Nursing has been the area in which I've felt the most comfortable, and I feel that we had a very good rhythm from the get go. Luckily, my milk came in on day... Read More
July 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You may have heard about a baby show or "expo" before. But do you know what it is? We can't speak for all the baby tradeshows around, but we can tell you that the 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show is like no other event -- it provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from... Read More
June 30, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For this last day in June, we thought we'd share some of the best posts and articles that came out this month (there were many!). From humorous to tender, and light-hearted to serious, we combed the 'net for the most recent dad-related content. Enjoy the good reads!... Read More
February 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For matters of childbirth, breastfeeding, and postpartum health during Black History Month, we want to highlight the disparity between white and black mothers and families -- and what you can do to help. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), black women die during pregnancy, childbirth... Read More
December 16, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Virtual instruction can be a great place to start on your journey toward childbirth education. Webinars are usually about an hour long and include a recorded presentation from a professional in the field. I've provided a list of a handful of free recorded webinars available from Lamaze and other res... Read More
September 23, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Take a look at the following top 5 reads for your Friday. We think our own resources are great, of course, but love sharing other worthy, evidence-based tips and articles, too!... Read More
September 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Hump Day! Why not celebrate with some fun and informative internet reading on pregnancy and birth? I love combing the net for new resources and posts to share, spending time carefully choosing just the right content (because there is a plethora of bad content, let me tell you!). 

 

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August 24, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We would like to share our favorite, most helpful, evidence-based breastfeeding resources for parents. It's easy to find breastfeeding information on the internet -- a LOT of it. It's harder to weed out the good from the bad, which is what we provide for you below!

 

Kellymom.com doesn't sound lik... Read More
August 15, 2016 by Lamaze International
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It's often said that the only thing that's needed for breastfeeding is a breast and a baby! For the most part, that's very true. In it's simplest form, breastfeeding is a free, ready-to-eat built-in system that works simply and naturally without the need for anything extraneous.... Read More
August 10, 2016 by Lamaze International
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You often hear that, when you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two. Though this is true, ironically, itactually takes less calories to create a child than to breastfeed one! When a mother isbreastfeeding, it is common to feel hungrier than you were when pregnant, have more cravings,and even need more... Read More
August 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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End of pregnancy and birth can be tough, hard work. And as many been-there parents will share, the hard work only continues from that point forward. While the postpartum time is not difficult for everyone, most parents describe feeling unaware of and unprepared for the many challenges that take plac... Read More
August 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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August 1-7 marks the annual World Breastfeeding Week for 2016. This year, the theme focuses on how breastfeeding is a key part of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), established in 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals were created by the world's leaders, and are comprised on 17 goals that aim to... Read More
June 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The health and safety of you and your baby depends on you getting the best and right care at the right time. This is the basis behind the new "Choosing Wisely" initiative, developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation in conjuction with the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).... Read More
October 16, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For nearly any woman who breastfeeds, at some point during her breastfeeding relationship, breast engorgement will happen. Engorged breasts happen when there is an overabundance of breast milk in the breasts, leaving them to feel full, heavy, and often painful. The most commonly shared piece of advi... Read More
September 28, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breast pumps are an expensive -- and important -- piece of equipment for many breastfeeding parents. But what happens when you're done with your breast pump -- like not going to have more children done? Do you sell it? Donate it? Recycle it? Trash it? Let's take a look at the options. 

 

Selling Y... Read More
August 26, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Beginning today, August 25 through August 31, the world is celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week, with the theme "Lift Every Baby." This week, which also marks the final week in National Breastfeeding Month, is about bringing attention to the glaring gap in the number of white women who breastfeed ve... Read More
August 19, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breastfeeding is natural, economical, beautiful, and a wonderful gift. It can also be challenging, frustrating, and disappointing. Some women will have a blissfully easy breastfeeding exerience with no major challenges or setbacks. Others may experience major hurdles on the path to achieving their b... Read More
August 17, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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So much of what you learn about breastfeeding will be "on the job" training -- that is, you'll learn and grow as you go along. However, there are key steps you can take to better prepare and inform yourself before baby even arrives -- and doing so will help you tremendously in the long run! Below ar... Read More
August 12, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On Monday, we shared the many resources Lamaze has available for breastfeeding moms and families. Today, we're sharing our favorite outside resources from around the net and what you can find at each of them.... Read More
August 10, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week was World Breastfeeding Week, and the entire month of August is National Breastfeeding Month, as declared in 2011 by the United States Breastfeeding Committee. As an expectant or new parent, you will find that the web is chock full of several, awesome breastfeeding resources. We'll share s... Read More
August 3, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This week, August 1-7, is World Breastfeeding Week, a week of awareness hosted by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Alliance. This year's theme is "Breastfeeding and Work - Let's Make it Work!" The goal behind the theme is to not only raise awareness about breastfeeding, but more specifically, br... Read More
January 7, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Lynn Martinez and Julia Robertson, CPM, MotherToBaby Utah

During the more than 30 years MotherToBaby affiliates have been serving the public with education regarding exposures during pregnancy, many women have called who are very distressed, sometimes in tears, about finding out they were pre... Read More
October 31, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you know? Lamaze now offers online classes for parents! Earlier this year, we launched "Safe and Healthy Birth: Six Simple Steps," a class designed to help you prepare for birth by presenting six simple practices shown to greatly improve birth outcomes for both mothers and babies. Now, we have t... Read More
August 6, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As we near the end of World Breastfeeding Week, we offer up this post to all the partners, spouses, friends, and family of breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeeding is beautiful, but it ain't always easy my friends. And without support from those closest to her, a new mom has a much more difficult time i... Read More
August 4, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy World Breastfeeding Week 2014! This year's theme is Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal - For Life, emphasizing the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. For some moms, breastfeeding support is easy to find. They have seen it growing up or ha... Read More
July 11, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Pat Olney, MS, CGC, Pregnancy Risk Specialist, MotherToBaby Georgia 

One day in early June I received a frantic call from a woman who had first called Georgia’s Poison Control Center worried about the agent used to treat her varicose veins. She thought that she did the right thing by postponing ... Read More
May 7, 2014 by Kathie Marinelli
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By Kathie Marinelli With more than half of women with infants employed, simple workplace accommodations are critical for breastfeeding success. By understanding your rights as a breastfeeding employee and learning how to plan for your return to work, you can successfully transition back to work... Read More
February 10, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this six-part series, we are sharing 10 tips for each of the Lamaze six Healthy Birth Practices that help guide women toward a safe and healthy birth. The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices are supported by research studies that examine the benefits and risks of maternity care practices.... Read More
October 23, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this week, news sources all over the United States reported on a new study published by the journal Pediatrics, the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics.... Read More
August 7, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On the last day of World Breastfeeding Week, Giving Birth with Confidence celebrates by sharing some of the best resources that have been posted this past week.... Read More
August 5, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In a perfect world, women would feel comfortable to breastfeed anytime, anywhere. But the reality is that some women feel more comfortable breastfeeding when they use a nursing cover... Read More
August 2, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, Giving Birth with Confidence is sharing breastfeeding resources throughout the week.... Read More
July 31, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, which begins tomorrow, Giving Birth with Confidence will share breastfeeding resources throughout the week.... Read More
July 10, 2013 by Admin User
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It's instinctual for a newborn to attach to the breast. Studies have shown that a baby placed skin-to-skin on his mother's chest rightafter birth can crawl to the breast and latch on.... Read More
June 3, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This is a question many first time parents ask. There are different options depending on where you are giving birth -- virtual, group or private tour.... Read More
May 13, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Listening to Mothers III Report Debuts with Feedback on Birth and Maternity Care from 2,500 Women Around the U.S.... Read More
January 30, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When beginning to breastfeed, and throughout your breastfeeding career, achieving a proper latch is the key to ensuring a comfortable experience for you (no cracked or bleeding nipples) and a satisfying experience for your baby (milk in his tummy!).... Read More
October 29, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, an independent nonprofit organization that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding (and a sister organization to Lamaze)... Read More
September 7, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Giving Birth with Confidence brings to you a new series called "In the News" where we will touch on health-related topics that are buzzing in the media... Read More
August 29, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're a new breastfeeding parent (or a parent newly returning to breastfeeding), you may have been instructed to keep your baby swaddled or otherwise tuck her hands down whilst breastfeeding.... Read More
August 6, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you know that you don't need a breast pump to express milk? "Hand expression" refers to the act of manually pumping milk from the breast using your hands.... Read More
August 1, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's World Breastfeeding Week and one of the best ways we like to celebrate -- all year long -- is by offering support to breastfeeding moms.... Read More
July 30, 2012 by Liz Abbene
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Imagine a world without finicky eaters, where even infants readily devour broccoli, kale, garlic, and onion.  Sound too good be true?... Read More
July 11, 2012 by Admin User
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This article is part of the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide by PATTCh. Access the complete guide to learn more about traumatic birth and find resources for women and families.... Read More
April 27, 2012 by Admin User
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From The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence.Breastfeeding is nature's most powerful way of helping mothers recover from birth, learn mothering skills, and fall in love with their baby.... Read More
March 2, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breastfeeding has been in the news a lot lately. What's making the news is not information about the health benefits or tips and tricks for new breastfeeding moms -- the headlines are all about breastfeeding in public.... Read More
October 10, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you know that Lamaze offers a free week-by-week e-newsletter for expectant parents?... Read More
August 5, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Moms and breastfeeding advocates from around the world have been celebrating and writing about World Breastfeeding Week.... Read More
August 1, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This week, August 1-7, is World Breastfeeding Week! What does that mean? It's a week to promote awareness of global breastfeeding concerns, created by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).... Read More
January 31, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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When Tony and I had Ziggy, the first few months were nightmarish. It was Christmas time in Seattle, and I remember having insomnia so bad I thought I had lost the ability to sleep.... Read More
January 14, 2011 by FitPregnancy User
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The real experts -- moms from around the country -- share their best advice on everything from morning sickness to post-baby sex. By Kate Neale Cooper... Read More
December 28, 2010 by Judith Lothian
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Nursing is natural, but it helps to learn as much possible before you start.Nursing is a natural and simple way to provide nutrients to your newborn.... Read More
November 10, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Early induction of labor is a serious and dangerous trend happening in childbirth right now. Just one extra week in your uterus can make a significant impact on your baby's lung and brain capacity.... Read More
November 3, 2010 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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By Walker Karraa, MFA, MA, CD(DONA) with special contribution by Sonia Alvarado, MPH, University of California, San Diego. This past week, I had the good fortune to hear former first lady Rosalynn Carte deliver the keynote speech at the Marce/PSI conference on perinatal mental health.... Read More
October 22, 2010 by Admin User
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By Debby Amis, RN, BSN, CD(DONA), LCCE, FACCEPatience is truly a virtue after 9 long months, especially when you're a few weeks or days from your due date.... Read More
October 6, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I discovered an article yesterday that lists the top three things labor and delivery nurses wish that women knew about childbirth (compiled from a poll created by the Perinatal Advisory Council).... Read More
September 10, 2010 by Danielle Elwood
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In the first hours after your baby is born, skin-to-skin contact and staying with your baby at all times is something hospitals and parents should be practicing everywhere.... Read More
July 6, 2010 by Amy Romano
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Welcome to the July 2010 Carnival of Nursing in Public This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Nursing in Public hosted by Dionna and Paige at NursingFreedom.org.... Read More
June 26, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Ah, breastfeeding. Such a beautiful and wonderful thing. And while it is the most healthy and natural thing to do, it's not always simple...... Read More
June 23, 2010 by Rachel Bohn
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QMy baby and I seem to be off to a great start with breastfeeding- her latch is great! But my biggest concern is milk supply. How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat?... Read More
June 19, 2010 by Amy Romano
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We've hosted Blog Carnivals for each of the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices at our sister blog, Science & Sensibility.... Read More
June 19, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Body pillow, yoga-style pants, healthy pre-packaged snacks (plus the occasional box of donut holes) and naps were among my must-have items during both of my pregnancies.... Read More
May 7, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Ah, the power of hindsight. As a mother of two, I often think about the many silly things I agonized over during the pregnancy, birth and newborn days of my first baby.... Read More
April 22, 2010 by Judith Lothian
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This post was originally published on April 20, 2008.You must visit the U.K. Breastfeed: Be a Star website. On the home page a beautiful, glamorous woman is nursing her baby.... Read More