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Compression Socks and Pregnancy

Sore feet, swollen ankles, and even varicose veins are common discomforts that many people experience during pregnancy. Most of the time, swelling starts showing up toward the end of pregnancy, gets worse over time, and goes away completely after the baby is born. Any sudden or severe swelling should be reported to your healthcare provider, but even if your swelling is within normal for pregnancy, compression socks can help alleviate some of the aches and pains.

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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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Breastmilk Storage

Breastmilk has a wonderful shelf life. Unlike most foods and beverages, breastmilk retains live cells and enzymes that actually fight off foreign microbe growth. If left out, environmental bacteria and other microbes that land in the milk are eliminated by these cells. For this reason, unpasteurized human milk can be left out for up to 4 hours at room temperature before needing to be refrigerated, unlike most other items at 2 hours.

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Postpartum Depression

In regard to breastfeeding, there is certainly a relationship between the two, and that connection goes both ways. Symptoms and reactions of PPD can make it harder to be attentive, both mentally and physically, having overall less initiation rates and stopping earlier than average. Many mothers report or exhibit lower confidence levels at their ability to breastfeed, which may be exacerbated by their depressive state. 

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The Color of Breastmilk and What it Means

Colostrum is the first milk the mother makes, available upon birth of the baby. For this reason, it is much thicker and loaded in immune developing components designed for a newborn, which gives it a golden color. Hence the nickname for breastmilk: Liquid Gold.

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