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Why are the first weeks of breastfeeding so intense?

The first few weeks of breastfeeding can feel quite overwhelming. It's a learning time for both you and your baby, each of you getting a feel for each other. Your baby is slowly discovering how to breastfeed and find comfort outside the security of your womb. You are learning how ...
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How to get the “feel” for breastfeeding.

There are countless articles, books, and websites that explain everything you need to know about how to breastfeed. These instructions, however, often ignore the fact that breastfeeding is an interactive experience, dependent on the communication between you and your baby. It’s not a matter of placing Point A (baby’s mouth) ...
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What is a Labour Tens Machine and how does it work?

The pain experienced during labour is different for every woman and can vary pregnancy to pregnancy. Preferences on how to manage that pain also differ, and each expecting mom will have her own ideal plan. Researching the available options is an important step in preparing for your labour. What is ...
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Latching and breastfeeding positions to reduce nipple pain

In the early weeks of breastfeeding, you may experience sore or tender nipples. Tender nipples from breastfeeding are normal during the first week or two. Establishing a proper latch from the start will minimize nipple soreness and help you and your baby get the most from your breastfeeding experience. Your ...
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Breastfeeding at Night – How Do You Know When to Stop?

Have you been told that your baby doesn’t need, or shouldn't be breastfeeding at night past a certain age? The age in question tends to vary depending on the well-meaning advisor. However, science tells us that in many cases, this simply isn’t true. All babies and mothers are unique, and ...
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Tips for Storing and Handling Your Breast Milk

Whether you are an exclusive pumper or you only pump occasionally, it's important to know the do's and don'ts of properly storing, freezing, and thawing your breast milk. What do I need to know about storing my breast milk? Here we'll answer some frequently asked question as well as offer ...
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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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