Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding seems so natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally. It was difficult for me and led me to train and study to help others. I’m here to help you meet your goals! Whatever they may be.

- Allison

Breastfeeding Gift Basket Ideas!

My FAVORITE gift to see at a baby shower is a breastfeeding gift basket! Having a few of the basics can really help a new mother feel supported and ready to start off on the right foot. Now, technically, all you need is a baby and a lactating breast to be able to breastfeeding, but…

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Bonding without Feeding – Including your partner while breastfeeding

It’s not uncommon for dads to feel left out in the bonding department when a mother is breastfeeding. All the images of “good dads” we often see involve the partner giving a bottle to give the mother a break! First, ASK YOUR PARTNER how she feels about this. Every woman is different, but most women…

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When is it safe to give your breastfed baby a pacifier?

That really is the million-dollar question, isn’t it! While finishing up a course on Research in Maternal-Child Health, I’ve spent hours and hours pouring over studies, trials, and systematic reviews on research about the relationship between pacifiers and breastfeeding. I was hoping to answer the question, “When is the best (if any) time to introduce…

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Used breast pump

Should you sell/share your lightly used Breast Pump?

Many insurances now are covering the cost of a breast pump, which is great! However, not all moms use their breast pumps much so it seems there is a surplus of lightly used breast pumps floating around. It’s hard to want to just throw away or recycle such a valuable device, especially if it was…

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Audible Books on Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding

Do you find yourself wanting to read all the pregnancy books but just can’t find the time to sit down and get it done? Or perhaps you don’t enjoy reading? Don’t worry! There are SO MANY options for the pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding classics available for you on Audible by Amazon. Audible works like a monthly…

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When to Start Pumping Breastmilk – Building a Freezer Stash!

Once your baby is finally here, the breastfeeding begins! You have a lot going on and may be anxious to start pumping and building your freezer stash! I’ve been there too! If you’re exclusively breastfeeding, it may feel like you’ll never get off the couch again. Newborns need ’round the clock feeding so breastfeeding literally consumes your…

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How to order a FREE Breast Pump through your Insurance!

Breast pumps are a major expense on your list of new baby must haves, but now many insurances are required to cover a free breast pump for you! It can be daunting to even know where to start with the process, so here’s a step by step instruction guide. First, we’ll start with regular insurance…

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How To Scald Your Breastmilk – “My Baby Won’t Drink Frozen Breastmilk”

It’s finally time for a night out and you get to dive into the freezer stash of breastmilk you’ve been working so hard to compile! BUT… “My baby won’t drink my frozen breastmilk!” “The frozen milk I thawed smells sour!” “This milk smells like soap!” What now? There’s nothing wrong with your milk and it’s…

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Weaning Baby From Night Feedings – Why, When, and HOW??

Every parent reaches a point where they want to cut back the night feedings with their baby. This process is daunting and there are so many opinions on how or when to do this it can be overwhelming. Ultimately, you will have to decide what works best for you, your baby, and your family dynamics.…

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Extended Breastfeeding – How to mind your own business

I recently took a motorcycle course to get my endorsement and it was difficult but a lot of fun! Toward the end of the class, I asked the instructor how much longer the class would be, I needed to know if I could make it to the end of the course or if I needed to…

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DIY Reusable Nursing Pads – Washable Breast Pad Tutorial

I guess I didn’t realize after you had a baby there is milk just EVERYWHERE. No one ever told me that you could also start leaking breastmilk during the end of pregnancy too… so when I realized I could never go out in public again unless I did something to prevent extreme embarrassment and a…

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pregnancy, labor, birth books

Book Recommendations for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding! -WITH LINKS

There are so many books on pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding out there it can seem overwhelming. Here I’ve compiled a list of great books on these topics! I’m an Amazon lover so I’ve also included (affiliate) links for you to find these easily! Most of these I’ve read, others are recommendations from clients or…

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