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How to Boost Your Milk Supply when you’re home on your own?

Are you a breastfeeding parent at home alone trying to figure out how to increase your milk supply? This is a concern for many parents whether or not they are in the middle of a pandemic, like COVID-19. There are many things that can affect whether we are making enough breastmilk. What are the best things to do if you know you are not making enough for your baby or when you notice that your supply is starting to dip? Continue Reading How to Boost Your Milk Supply when you’re home on your own?

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Why virtual care works for expecting and new parents?

My name is Jada Shapiro and I’m the founder of boober, a platform that connects expectant parents and new families to maternal care providers, like birth doulas, lactation consultants, postpartum doulas, and mental health therapists. Until March, we were known for matching clients with expert care providers for in-person visits. I have always maintained that there are a time and place for virtual care, but there are certain aspects of support that can only happen in the same place. Pregnant, birthing and postpartum parents benefit from empathetic in-person connections, and we stand strong as one of the few companies that focuses on the face-to-face experience. Continue Reading Why virtual care works for expecting and new parents?

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Breastfeeding during Coronavirus

What you need to know about breastfeeding during the spread of Coronavirus. If you are due to have a baby soon or are currently breastfeeding, chestfeeding, or bottle feeding an infant, you likely have a lot of questions about how to and keep them safe. While there are still plenty of unknowns about COVID-19, the CDC has released guidelines with best practices for parents who are nursing. Continue Reading Breastfeeding during Coronavirus

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A Cross-Generational Exploration of Breastfeeding

When I became pregnant with my daughter I fantasized about breastfeeding her. I imagined myself in a sun-drenched, mossy field wearing a flower crown with a perfectly latched baby at my breast. I was resistant to buying bottles or a breast pump because I knew I wouldn’t need them. Other moms might need to pump and bottle feed, but not me. I had heard the stories about the difficulties of breastfeeding but that wasn’t going to be my experience. I had read every book that Ina May had written and I was ready for my magical, effortless breastfeeding experience. Continue Reading A Cross-Generational Exploration of Breastfeeding

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What is the difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse?

Preparing for a baby involves making many decisions, including whether a baby nurse, postpartum doula, or family members will support you after the baby’s birth. The postpartum period, often now called “the fourth trimester,” is a time historically when people in all cultures were cared for by close family and friends from the time of birth through the baby’s first 30-40 days. Continue Reading What is the difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse?

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Baby Introduction to Solids: Nutrients to focus on 6-12 months

When it comes to introducing solid foods to your baby there’s really no right or wrong way to go about it. You may have an idea of how you’ll approach baby’s first bites, whether that’s spoon-feeding purees or baby-led feeding, but in the end it’s more about following your baby’s lead (verses your agenda, like most things in motherhood!), embracing the mess, and nurturing positive eating habits. There are, however, a few important things to keep in mind as you move through this milestone that can help promote your baby’s development and long-term nutritious eating behaviors. Continue Reading Baby Introduction to Solids: Nutrients to focus on 6-12 months

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Adjusting the breastfeeding position

The lactation professional helps the new mom breastfeed in a more comfortable way. First, she places a pillow under the baby, so that the person can relax. She then places a baby blanket in between the baby and pillow to give a little bit extra support. Finally, she adds a thick burp cloth under baby’s head to provide additional support. Adjusting the position can significantly improve breastfeeding pain too. So ideally 1) position yourself comfortably (your back, your arms, your baby), 2) position baby close to you, 3) support your breast and then latch your baby onto your breast. Note: every situation is different and struggling breastfeeding parents should seek professional help as early as possible. Watch our video below: Continue Reading Adjusting the breastfeeding position