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Why I Hired a Doula

Why I Hired a Doula

When I stared down at my positive pregnancy test on the morning of Tuesday, June 17th, I knew I was in for a world of physical and emotional change over the next nine months, but what I couldn’t predict was the amount of knowledge, perspective and empowerment I would gain through my pregnancy. When I [...]

10 Ways to Relieve Breast Engorgement

10 Ways to Relieve Breast Engorgement

Many mamas suffer from engorgement early on when they’re breastfeeding. The good thing is that your supply usually evens out after a few days… but those few days can seriously make you question whether breastfeeding is even worth it. When I had my first baby via c-section, my milk came in on day five. Beside [...]

Self-Weaning Before a Year

Self-Weaning Before a Year

When I became pregnant with my first child, I thought about my pregnancy every second of the day and probably the night too. I thought about my cravings, how big my bump was getting, what his nursery would look like, registering, what his name would be, who would be in the hospital with me and [...]

Why We Weaned

Why We Weaned

When Elizabeth was handed to me directly after being born, my first question was “can I try to breastfeed her?” Why that was a question, I have no idea, but with it began 18.5 months of breastfeeding. We had ups and downs, and one very emotional week where I cried to my fellow MSW Mamas [...]

Extended Breastfeeding: Our Journey

Extended Breastfeeding: Our Journey

I never intended to nurse my child for an extended length of time… as a matter of fact, my original goal was six months. At six months, I made my goal one year. At one year, I made my goal ‘as long as we’re both happy.’ And here we are… just three weeks away from [...]

Jessica’s Breastfeeding Journey

Jessica’s Breastfeeding Journey

When I found out I was pregnant with my first baby I was 22, recently married, a new college graduate, and had just started in my career. I was living in the US and had joined OB/CNM care until 27 weeks. Not once during that time period had breastfeeding been brought up or discussed with [...]

Kathy’s Breastfeeding Journey

Kathy’s Breastfeeding Journey

When I found out that I was pregnant, breastfeeding was the last thing on my mind. I was so excited to spread the news, find out whether we would have a boy or girl, prepare the nursery accordingly and all of those other ‘important’ details. As the first few months passed, I was asked quite [...]

Traveling with Breast Milk

Traveling with Breast Milk

When my little man was just shy of four months old, I had to go on a four-day, three-night, work trip from New Hampshire to Colorado. We were exclusively breastfeeding, and I knew to maintain my supply, I would have to pump while away. I had debated what to do with the milk I would [...]

Ten More Tips for Pumping Mamas

Ten More Tips for Pumping Mamas

Mama Say What?! mama Corey P. posted a fantastic list of advice for all the mamas who pump for their babes, and her tips are so helpful, whether you’re pumping occasionally for date-night, daily at work, or full-time for a baby who won’t nurse. I wanted to add a few more bits of advice based on [...]

10 Things that Rock About Weaning

10 Things that Rock About Weaning

In an effort to help myself feel better about weaning from breastfeeding when my kiddo was 10-months-old, I started to make a list of the things that I’m enjoying about not breastfeeding any longer. Now don’t get me wrong… I sorely miss nursing and wish I had made it to my goal of one year, [...]

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