Pregnancy Resources

When Does Breast Milk Come In: What You Need to Know

The term milk “coming in” actually refers to the maturation and volume development of breastmilk. In other words, the milk changes from colostrum to the white milk we think of, causing breasts to feel fuller and is easier to pump out. The technical term for this is Lactogenesis II- the creation of milk, part two.

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First Week Postpartum Essentials

The immediate postpartum period is such an important time for you and baby to bond and get to know each other for the first time. Your main priorities over the first couple of weeks is to rest your body and feed your baby. So what are the best ways to prepare for that? What should you have and what will make those things easier?

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Writing a Birthing Plan

I want to start my post out by saying this: birth can't be planned! You're going to have to make lots of choices as you prepare for the birth of your baby, but at the end of the day, birth is like playing a round of cards: you've gotta do the best you can with the hand you're dealt and you won't know what you have to work with until that day comes. When I talk with clients about “birth plans” I encourage them to rename it to birth preferences and to think of it like assembling a tool box when you're unsure of what you'll be asked to do on the job. The goal is to have as many tools as possible in your tool box so that when the work of labor comes, you can pull out the tools you need.

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Your Birth Plan : Breastfeeding

If you've gotten to the part of your pregnancy when you're starting to put together your birth plan, then you know there is certainly a lot to consider! If you're planning to breastfeed your baby, it certainly needs to be included on your birth plan. The first couple of hours after birth have an enormous impact on establishing good breastfeeding habits, as well as creating an adequate milk supply.

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Breastmilk Supply 101: Establishing and Troubleshooting

With endless “tips,” “tricks,” and countless avenues of information about breastmilk supply, it can get very overwhelming as a new mom or mom-to-be to wrap your head around it all! Check out this quick 101 guide about breastmilk supply, written by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and our in-house lactation director, Ashley!

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The Battery Powered Luna

Motif’s goal is to make sure we listen to moms’ needs and to continue improving our products to match the needs of today’s busy, on-the-go mom. So, moms asked, and we listened by presenting a portable version of our most powerful pump, the Luna! So what makes the battery-powered Luna so special? In this blog, our in-house lactation director and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Ashley, will explain why it’s such a game changer to breastfeeding and pumping moms!

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5 Things Your LC Wants You to Know

As an individual lactation consultant outside of a hospital setting, I get the privilege of following the journeys of many mothers with breastfeeding. I have often been asked, “What do you think is the most common problem?” or “What’s something you think I should know ?”

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The Benefits of Compression Socks During Pregnancy

Why would you wear compression socks while you’re pregnant? There are so many reasons! Pregnancy compression socks can help reduce discomfort in your feet and ankles, support your cardiovascular system by promoting good blood flow, and they can help you stay more comfortable when you’re on your feet for long periods of time. Every expecting mother should have at least one pair of compression socks for pregnancy!

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Optimizing Baby Position in Preparation for Birth

There are ways for you to prepare and “stack the deck” in your favor for an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. One of those is to help baby be in an optimal birth position before labor starts. How do you know? And how do you do that? Great questions! Let's talk about it...

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