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A Tired Mama Breastfeeds for 3 Years

I was planning on being what many consider a "crunchy mama".  A homebirthing, cloth diapering, babywearing, and breastfeeding mama. While the first three went fine, breastfeeding didn't go without a hitch.  We tried to learn everything during the pregnancy. A class on breastfeeding, A breastfeeding circle. Established care with a lactation consultant.  The midwife checked latch over the first few days.  Yet all that knowledge and help still didn't prepare me!   I remember having toe curling pain that was so bad I was hitting the wall to get through it.  Something had to give!  There was a friend that had offered to come over and help with latch, and I finally gave in and accepted.  With her help, I realized...

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What's Breastfeeding a Toddler Like?

For some this is a norm, for others it seems far fetched.  The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond. Yet most mothers in the USA aim for 6 months to 1 year of breastfeeding.   Breastfeeding a toddler has it's own advantages and trials.  Once you've breastfed for a year, keeping it up throughout toddlerhood is usually an easy thing.  But like most parts of the mother/child relationship, breastfeeding will need adaptation and change over the years.  While I still breastfeed my 3 year old, it looks nothing like it did when she was an infant.   During her newborn period, I was focused on a good latch to avoid pain, was worried...

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5 Ways Your Partner can Help with Breastfeeding

My poor husband was hollered at by me so often the first few weeks of parenthood.  I just felt powerless and frustrated and he was the nearest person to take it out on.  In the years since, I've often thought of how I could have avoided hurting our relationship.   1) Have a code word for "take the baby and leave me the hell alone, I'm going to blow".  If you've ever been in an argument with your partner, you know saying something like "ugh just go away" can be the catalyst for a full-out fight.  Think of a neutral code word, like GALAXY, to yell out before your emotions get the best of you.  Let your partner know (ahead of...

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5 Things No One Tells You About Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: the most natural thing a woman can do for her baby, but also one of the most challenging things of motherhood. Intimidating…but rewarding. Here are 5 things no one tells you about breastfeeding:1. Cluster Feeding THIS ONE. Sure your baby just ate 30 minutes ago but they are hungry again Mama. This is especially common in the first 3 months of the baby’s life and, will taper off as they get older and on a more routine schedule. Although time consuming, this is how you build a successful milk supply. 2. Clogged Ducts or Mastitis OUCH! Yeah if you have ever had a clogged duct or two, they are so painful. And especially more painful if it leads to...

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