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Skincare and Breastfeeding: Ingredients to Avoid While Nursing

Skincare products and routines are hot topics, as many are taking advantage of information being provided right at their fingertips. Dermatologists break it all down for when and how to use ingredients for various issues or preventative skin care. However, when it comes to pregnancy and breastfeeding, extra precautions are needed.

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Fighting Pregnancy Fatigue

Growing a new person inside of you is exciting, but it can also be exhausting. Pregnancy fatigue is often one of the first signs of pregnancy, and the first trimester and third trimester are notorious for that can't-keep-your-eyes-open tiredness. So what causes this common pregnancy complaint, and is there anything you can do to give yourself more energy?

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Breastfeeding with Flat or Inverted Nipples

Nipples are designed to become erect through stimulation, be it a combination of prolactin / oxytocin hormonal response, nerve stimulation, such as when hot water from the shower hits the back where the nerves are located, or physical stimulation, such as a baby suckling or a breast pump suction.

Mother's nipples are unique, as they are accompanied by other connective tissues in the breast that signal both the production and the release of milk to breastfeed. That's right, breastfeeding is not all about suction, but the actual stimulation of nipples and milk ducts to contract out breast milk.

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Top Breastfeeding Myths

Information gets passed down from generations of family, friends, and healthcare providers, but we all know things can be subject to becoming outdated or put in a different perspective. The idea of “correlation not equating to causation” can be applied in many scenarios, especially when it comes to pregnancy and especially breastfeeding. Breastfeeding, pumping, and the whole process of lactation is not relatively complicated, but we have a lot of confusing tips and rules that can actually make things a lot harder than they need to be.

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Motif Medical Launches the BiliTouch™ Phototherapy Blanket

Motif Medical, maker of insurance-eligible products for modern motherhood, announced the launch of its BiliTouch™ Phototherapy Blanket today. Intended for use in the treatment of infants diagnosed with hyperbilirubinemia, commonly known as neonatal jaundice, the BiliTouch™ is ultraportable, lightweight and battery-powered, ideal for use both in a hospital setting and at home.

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When and How to Use a Nipple Shield for Breastfeeding

Nipple shields were once thought of as a quick fix for breastfeeding pain, under the guise of pain being a normal thing to expect and work through when you breastfeed. Now we know there can actually be issues stemming from the use of nipple shields, especially if using without the guidance and follow up of a breastfeeding professional, an IBCLC.

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