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Ashley Georgakopoulos

Breast Pumping Tips for Beginners

Choosing your pump and learning how it can work FOR you is the first step to confidently achieving your pumping and stashing goals.

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Breastfeeding After Breast Cancer

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While the history of having breast cancer or the risk of the cancer returning does not directly affect the integrity of the breastfeeding relationship, there are some risk factors and possible obstacles, depending on individual situations.

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Which Motif breast pump is the best fit for me?

When considering a pump, take into account pumping needs and the environment you will be pumping in. This includes things like access to an outlet, quiet and clean rooms, on-the-go/in the car while multitasking, and more. 

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Breast Pump Parts Made Easy (When You Need to Replace Them and Why)

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The moment you get your breast pump starts the beginning of your breast milk journey. From unboxing it, learning how to use it, late-night pumping sessions, supporting breastfeeding goals, and more, you and your pump have a lot of work to do together. That's why it's crucial to take care of your breast pump by regularly replacing certain parts so it can take care of you during your entire breast pumping journey.

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Breastfeeding Your Premature Baby in the NICU - Tips for Success

Breastfeeding a preemie is possible, but a very different situation. Feeding a preterm baby comes with its own set of complexities. Health status and gestational age will play a big role in determining the amounts given, how often, and even the method in which they are fed.

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Breastfeeding and Uneven Milk Supply

breastfeeding and uneven milk supply

Just like with many other components of the human body, it's not all perfectly symmetrical. In terms of breast tissue, breast milk production and the number of lobules containing the alveoli holding and making milk, symmetry, or lack thereof, applies here, too. Additionally, some women have more obvious and noticeable differences between breasts, and find it uncomfortable, physically or self consciously.

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IBCLC: When to Consult, What to Expect, and How to Prepare for Your First Appointment

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is considered the gold standard in human lactation and breastfeeding support. They bridge the gap between mothers and other healthcare professionals by offering in depth knowledge specific to the science behind breastfeeding and lactation, along with tools to solve breastfeeding problems and questions.

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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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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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