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How Long Does Breast Milk Last

How Long Does Breast Milk Last

One of the most frequently asked questions is: "How long does breast milk stay good for?"   The wonderful thing about breast milk is that it is alive! It has pre and probiotics that help coat your newborn's intestinal tract and keep it healthy. So the real question is, how do we store this breast milk to make sure it has the optum amount of nutrients for our newborn without any harmful bacterial growth.   We like to refer to the CDC, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and ABM, or Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, guidelines when passing out...

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How Many Burp Cloths Do I Need?

How Many Burp Cloths Do I Need?

Burp cloths, something every mom knows she needs but the question is: how many burp cloths do you need? While every new mom has their own ideas, it is helpful to get tips for the best burp cloths and make sure to be stocked up! As a new mom, it is easy to feel unprepared anxiously awaiting the arrival of your newborn. A great way to channel that stress is by creating a baby registry for all of the infant essentials. Some of the easiest items to check off the list are burp cloths and bibs. While you might have...

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ASK THE DOC: Troubleshooting Low Milk Supply

ASK THE DOC: Troubleshooting Low Milk Supply

 Guest Author: Dr. Kathleen McCue (DNP, FNP-BC, IBCLC-RLC) It’s fair to say that I spend most of my clinical days regulating maternal milk supply. The number one complaint is “I don’t have enough milk,” Sometimes, I’m in agreement but other times, I find maternal expectations, for how much milk one is supposed to produce is pretty unrealistic. Although we don’t want to be living paycheck to paycheck (milk-wise), we also don’t want to open a Dairy Queen. I’ve discovered slow gaining babies with what we call “inadequate weight gain,” can be a result of moms who are “feeding the freezer.” They...

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The Nursing Bra Shopping Guide

The Nursing Bra Shopping Guide

The Nursing Bra Shopping Guide  (and Common Mistakes to Avoid) You’ve spent countless hours preparing for your baby...you’ve agonized over the right car seat, perfect crib, stroller, carrier, and more. In all this preparation, remember your new mama needs too! If you intend to breastfeed, don’t wait for inconvenience or desperation to drive quick decisions: finding your perfect bra for nursing, pumping, or both will set you up for success in your breastfeeding journey. Perhaps you’re wondering, “What is a nursing bra? And do I even need one?” A good nursing bra is made from soft, non-abrasive materials, with easy,...

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Rx and Stethoscope showcasing clinical background on Will Breastfeeding Hurt.

ASK THE DOC: Will Breastfeeding Hurt?

 Guest Author: Dr. Kathleen McCue (DNP, FNP-BC, IBCLC-RLC) "Will Breastfeeding Hurt"? Great question, because the answer is, as you might have expected, not a simple “yes” or “no.” So, I would say “sometimes.”  It’s important to manage your expectations. Let me give you a few thoughts about what I know based on working with literally thousands of women and babies. My bio is only important in that it reflects both education and experience. Women and their partners spend a lot more time preparing for the birth than the they do for breastfeeding. That has always left me wondering “why?” When I...

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History of Mother's Day

History of Mother's Day

History of Mother's Day - Celebrating the Love, Service and Selflessness of Mothers Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th, and all us mamas deserve a day of rest, rejuvenation, and appreciation. While each family has its own traditions, the origin of the holiday is somewhat surprising. The American holiday originated in 1908 by Anna Jarvis, a Philadelphia activist, who created a movement when she sent 500 white carnations to the West Virginian church of her late mother, Ann, to honor her.  Anna Jarvis’s idea to honor mothers was inspired by her own mother, Ann, who had the idea of commemorating...

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