Updated fish recommendations for pregnant and breastfeeding moms

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued updated advice regarding fish consumption as of January 2017. This advice is geared toward helping women who are pregnant or may become pregnant – as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children – make informed choices when it comes to fish that are healthy and safe to eat. New FDA Recommendations Fish are an important source of protein and other nutrients for young children and women who...
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– Chia & Adam

Diane was a god send for us when we needed help the most.  After seeing numerous other lactation consultants at the hospital who gave us the same advice without fully understanding our situation, Diane took the time to slowly and thoroughly consider every aspect of our breastfeeding in a very thoughtful and methodical way.  Within hours we had a vastly better understanding of what steps we could take and all of the options available to help increase milk supply.  Happily as of month four we are ...
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Pets & Babies

Pets and babies can be very compatible but there a few precautions that you can take to make the transition go easier. If you are pregnant and have a cat, you should avoid changing the cat litter due to the risk of toxoplasmosis. This is a rare disease but can cause serious birth defects. The parasite can be found in the feces of cats who eat raw meat, birds or mice. If no one else can change the litter, you should wear disposable gloves and wash your hands with soap and water afterwards. Change...
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Supporting a Breastfeeding Co-worker

Breastfeeding in America is on the rise, and more women are breadwinners than ever before. Put those two things together, and you have a lot of women across the country who are pumping breast milk at work every day. At some point, you are very likely to have met or meet one of these women as a co-worker. And when that happens, you get to decide which of the following co-workers you are going to be: The Resentful One: This person refers to maternity leave as a “vacation”, makes comments about ...
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How to Choose a Nursing Bra

There are lots of nursing bras out there, so how do you choose the right nursing bra for you? First of all, you need different types of bras for different uses. The nursing bra you sleep in probably is not the same nursing bra that you will wear at work or for nicer outfits. Most moms will wear a nursing bra at night for several months while their baby has night time feedings and their breasts continue to fill up. It is more comfortable to be well supported and to be able to wear nursing pads wh...
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Traveling with a Baby for the Holidays

Thanksgiving and Christmas are a busy time for families. Add a newborn to that picture and they can be even more hectic. Mom needs time to stay home and recover with a new baby but that can be difficult during the holidays. Making the rounds to the relatives can be exhausting for mom and exposes baby to the germs of the cold and flu season. So what is mom to do? Here are some suggestions for you. If you have a premature infant, the best advice is to keep that baby at home and limit visitors t...
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Many Moms May Have Been Taught to Breastfeed Incorrectly: Surprising New Research

This article from Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA was featured in Holistic Parenting magazine, Issue 9 (May/June 2015).  Nancy is a wealth of knowledge and a light to many breastfeeding mothers! During the more than 30 years I’ve been helping breastfeeding families, it’s been thrilling to see the rise in U.S. breastfeeding rates. In the early 1980s, only about 50% of American women breastfed even once. Now nearly 80% of new mothers breastfeed. But this picture is still far from rosy. The ...
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The age-old question: What to do with that breast pump now that you’re done?

By Jessica McFadden The Washington Post, September 15 Three years ago I finished nursing our third and (most likely) final baby. But while I had my pick of various local charities where I could donate our crib, changing table, glider chair and other baby items, I was weirdly disheartened to learn that I could not do anything besides throw out my Medela Pump-In-Style breast pump. I understood that my portable pump was only designed for one mother to safely use. Pumps like the one I use...
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Did You Know: Oatmeal is Good for Lactation

Did you know... that oatmeal is good for your milk supply? You can have oatmeal in your cereal bars or just cooked cereal. The longer cooking oats are better than instant -- and steel cut is the healthiest version. Then, there's oatmeal cookies. Here is a recipe for lactation oatmeal cookies to give your milk supply a boost: Lactation Oatmeal Cookie Recipe 1 cup butter (preferably Olivio or other type of olive oil butter) 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 4 TBLS water 2 TBLS ground flaxs...
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