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Dear Coffee, I Miss You...

  Dear Coffee, Before I had children, you were my everything. I looked forward to my lips meeting you each morning. What flavor would I choose today? It was a sweet surprise every day. I basked in the caffeinated glow you provided me as I sipped your deliciousness at my desk at work. When you started to give me that mid-morning empty-stomach ache, I didn't mind. It just meant you had done your job of filling my veins with much needed alertness.  And then I got pregnant. You became wholly undesirable to my palate. I stopped spending each morning with you. I couldn't even stomach the thought of drinking you. But when baby came, it all changed. I began to miss...

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Why The Pumping Mama is Triumphant

      This is a true story. A 20-something woman gave birth to her first child, a beautiful girl with a full head of hair. As wonderful as this baby was, no matter what she tried and what help she sought, this mama couldn't get her baby to latch. So in order to stick to her plan to give her daughter breastmilk for the first six months of life, this mom pumped eight times a day, every day.  EIGHT TIMES. A DAY. FOR SIX MONTHS. Can you imagine what that was like? The stress alone of cleaning the breast pump in between pumping sessions could be enough to push someone (who is already overwhelmed) over the top! Certainly there...

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Supply and Demand Breastfeeding

Supply and demand is a phrase you probably heard about in your high school business class. If there’s ample supply, and demand drops, you’re left with too much. But if you’ve got little supply and a ton of demand, you can raise your prices and make boatloads of money. But with breastfeeding, supply and demand doesn’t exactly work in the same way. As soon as baby is born, mom’s milk supply will be based on a supply and demand system in that the amount of new milk she makes depends on how much milk is excreted from her breast (by nursing or pumping).  FREQUENCY COUNTS The key is to breastfeed a lot in the beginning. The frequency of breastfeeding in...

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Before Breast Milk Comes In

You’ve probably heard a mom say, “it took X amount of time for my milk to come in after baby was born.” What does that really mean though? Did you wonder if baby just sucking air until milk magically appeared? The answer is, the infant was eating colostrum. WHAT IS COLOSTRUM? Colostrum is a sticky, yellowish milk that you can think of it as a super serum for baby. It’s also the only food your brand new sweetheart needs at the beginning. WHEN IT SHOWS UP Some women notice their nipples excreting small amounts of it during pregnancy, which may be a bit disconcerting. It’s common to start seeing colostrum in the second trimester, but for some women it happens...

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