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Help! My breast are engorged!

If you're breastfeeding, it's normal for your breasts to become larger, heavier, and a little tender when they begin making more milk. Engorgement, however, results when your breast milk builds up and the fullness leaves your breasts feeling hard, lumpy, and painful. When you're engorged, you may also experience flattening ...
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When Do You Need a Hospital Grade Pump?

There are a lot of considerations to take into account when choosing what breast pump will work for you. Determining in advance what your ideal breastfeeding experience looks like is great, but sometimes your body and baby have different plans. How will you know if you need a hospital-grade breast ...
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Summer Vacation Tips for Travelling While Pumping

Summer has finally arrived and for many of us, it’s the perfect time for a family getaway. But whether that means staying local and enjoying the outdoors with a hike or day trip, or something more adventurous, like a cross-country road trip - travelling as a new mom can seem ...
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Frequent urination and leakage? You’re not alone.

Recently a friend of mine was telling me about a road trip she took with three of her girlfriends. She joked about how many times they had to stop for bathroom breaks. For some women, particularly those having gone through childbirth, this is considered normal. Just plan your day and ...
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Breastfeeding Diet Basics – Tips for Nursing Moms

We know that breast milk is the best food for your baby, but what about you? Are there certain foods that affect the quality of your breast milk? It's a valid question and one that doesn't have a simple answer. Maintaining a nutritionally balanced diet is the best way to ...
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Should Pumping Hurt?

Are you experiencing pain during or after breast pumping? Even though sore nipples are a common problem, pumping should not hurt. Some moms assume pumping should be painful. Not so! "No pain, no gain” does not apply here. Painful pumping means something needs to be adjusted. What's causing the pain? ...
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Cleaning Your Ameda Breast Pump and Parts

Simple Steps to Cleaning Your Ameda Breast Pump Keeping your breast pump clean is not difficult but in the life of a busy parent, it can feel quite tedious. Luckily, there are only a few steps required to care for your Ameda breast pump. We'll go through how to sanitize ...
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How Do I Start Breast Pumping?

Once you have your breast pump, you can start breast pumping and collecting milk any time. But be mindful, in the first two weeks after your baby is born, it's best to pump occasionally to relieve engorgement - don't get carried away! Pumping a lot in these early weeks tells ...
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Before or after…when’s the best time to buy your breast pump.

If you're pregnant, you may have already started thinking about breastfeeding. You may even have a breastfeeding plan in place. But if you're considering buying a breast pump while you're pregnant or adding it to your registry, our advice is to wait. There is comfort in feeling prepared. However, it's ...
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