The Best Lactation Cookies Ever!

  A friend of mine just had a baby and one of my favorite things I got when Miss H was born was a batch of lactation cookies from my cousin....more

Lie #1: Breastfeeding Will Be Easy

I am going to be a little negative here. I am not trying to discourage you from breastfeeding.  I am going to tell you the truth.I promise you that I will always tell you the truth.  I am not going to sugar coat stuff for you. You are a big girl and you have a right to know what your are getting yourself into by choosing to breastfeed.The truth is that often, breastfeeding is really, really hard.But isn’t it natural? Haven’t women been doing this for thousands of years?...more

You Want Support. You Need Stretch.

 It’s awesome to have a support network when you are a new mama. You need that unconditional love.  But sometimes, a support network can feel little more like an enabling network.  Those who support you don’t want to see you get hurt or endure any pain. They don’t want you to make mistakes. They want to protect you from challenges that may be difficult for you. They try to save you....more

Have You Gotten a Pump from Your Insurance Company Yet?

Did you know that the Affordable Care Act requires health insurance companies to cover personal use breast pumps?Well, most insurance companies are compliant with this and they are covering really nice, high quality double electric breast pumps.Have you called your insurance company and spoken to a representative who told you that you only qualify for a pump if there is medical necessity?  Well, removing milk that your boobs are making is medically necessary and insurance reps have a lot of catching up to do on the ACA....more

Give the Man a Chance: Part 2

More Rules for Letting Daddy Learn How to FatherLast week, I gave tips for new breastfeeding mamas to help their partners when it seems that breastfeeding is the only way to soothe the baby. Now, to address more mama complaints (and to offer solutions!):“He gets up to help me at night, but he ends up just staring at me and nodding off.”...more

How To Use Nurse-Ins To Teach Breastfeeding Law

We’ve all heard it before or have watched it on the news: "Mother gets harassed for breastfeeding in public…” You would think that with all the research and studies that have come out in favor of breastfeeding and its benefits, society would be all for it. But yet again, these stories continue to exist. ...more
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Are You a Milk Hoarder?

One day, I am going to host a show on TLC called “Milk Hoarders.” In this show, I will surprise a breastfeeding mom by knocking on her door asking to see her freezer stash of milk. ...more

Give the Man a Chance: Rules for Letting Daddy Learn How to Father

Before I begin, I want to acknowledge that not all babies are born into homes with both a mother and father. Many babies are welcomed into homes with any number of different parenting scenarios. I must say, however, that I particularly like to lovingly poke fun at daddies and how mamas treat daddies. So, for the purposes of this blog, “partner” will be played by the role of “daddy.”  But grandmas, partners, and support people are all included.Rules for Letting Daddy Learn How to Father...more

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