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Using Compression to Heal after a Cesarean Delivery

You've just delivered your precious new baby—congratulations! This time in life is filled with so much fun and excitement, but recovering from a cesarean delivery is also a lot of hard work. You have an adorable newborn to care for, feed, and admire, while also healing from major abdominal surgery. I hope your family and friends will help you with caring for your house and your family in the first few weeks, but let’s take a look at how compression garments can help your body recover during this time. Isn't it nice to know there are aids available to help you heal from your cesarean?

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Breast Pumping 101

Using your pump is a technique, a process. The steps involved are not to simply hook up, press “on” and crank things up to full power. In fact, it may be counterproductive, quite literally, and even painful, to pump without proper technique. The most optimal output is achieved with an intentional method to simulate the way a baby triggers milk release. Luckily, with a great pump and establishing a technique, pumping will feel much simpler!

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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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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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My Breastfeeding Journey - Heidy

At Motif, our mission is not only to help moms and moms-to-be from pregnancy to postpartum, but also celebrate their entire motherhood journey. With August being National Breastfeeding Month, we wanted to highlight the different breastfeeding, pumping, and early motherhood experiences from real moms in an honest and personal blog series. Each week, we’ll be sharing a story from a different mom to showcase how unique everyone’s journey truly is!
This week, we are so happy to share Heidy D.’s inspiring story about her experience journey with breastfeeding and pumping.

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My Breastfeeding Journey - Kimberly J.

At Motif, our mission is not only to help moms and moms-to-be from pregnancy to postpartum, but also celebrate their entire motherhood journey. With August being National Breastfeeding Month, we wanted to highlight the different breastfeeding, pumping, and early motherhood experiences from real moms in an honest and personal blog series. Each week, we’ll be sharing a story from a different mom to showcase how unique everyone’s journey truly is!
This week, we have the honor of sharing Kimberly J.’s story about her experience with breastfeeding and pumping, as well advice for new moms from her perspective.

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