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10 Ways to Cope with Cluster Feeding

You've just finished nursing and put your little one in the bouncer so you can eat dinner yourself. As soon as you sit down, however, your baby begins to root and turn his or her head side to side, mouth open wide. You check the diaper...dry. Attempt another burp...no luck. It can't possibly be time to nurse again already, you may think, but in the world of newborns, it probably is! Your baby may be exhibiting a behavior known as cluster feeding, and although it can be exhausting, it’s completely normal.

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5 Pumping Tips to Know Before Your Baby Arrives

The newborn days will be tough, but preparation can go a long way. Since you will likely pump at some point during your feeding journey, we've put together a few pumping tips to know before your baby arrives. RN, Certified Lactation Counselor, and fellow mom Shantel Harlin shares some great ideas to make your transition into new motherhood a bit easier.

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Everything You Need to Know About The Global Big Latch On, August 3-5

A mother’s breastfeeding journey is one of the most special bonding experiences she can have with her baby, but it’s not without its challenges. Even though most states provide legal protections for mothers to breastfeed their babies in public, there are too many news stories to count where these rights are violated. This World Breastfeeding Week, we encourage you to join your fellow nursing moms at The Global Big Latch On, a series of events to promote and normalize breastfeeding and help breastfeeding moms find community.

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World Breastfeeding Week - Our 8 Favorite Ways to Celebrate Liquid Gold

Every year from August 1 to August 7, people around the globe celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, this annual campaign raises awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers. Whether you’re a nursing mom or you just want to show your support for breastfeeding, we've pulled together eight ways to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.

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The Many Colors of Breast Milk

You may already know that breast milk is the perfect food for babies, providing them with all of the vital nutrition they need. But did you know that breast milk can come in many different colors? Rest assured, most variations in breast milk color are normal, even if they might seem slightly odd at first. To help you prepare, we’ve pulled together some explanations of the different milk colors you might encounter on your breastfeeding journey. And remember, you are exactly what your baby needs, and while these days, weeks, and months breastfeeding may sometimes be challenging, you’re perfectly designed for the job!

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BraveMoms Share: Pumping Tips for Moms Returning to Work

Pumping at work can be challenging, but so many of us do it anyway. We do it because we want to give our babies the best nutrients possible. We do it because we would be nursing our babies during the day if we were with them. We do it for any number of reasons, but at its core, pumping is an act of love. Acutely aware of how much support pumping moms may need when they return to work, we knew exactly where to find encouragement and advice: Kindred Bravely’s Facebook page. We asked these women what they wish they had known about pumping at work and pulled together some of their amazing responses.

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Everything You Need to Know About Breast Milk Storage

Breast milk is one of the greatest gifts you can give your baby. That’s why you pump during your lunch break or in the middle of the night and why you really do cry over spilled (or spoiled) milk. Since you devote so much of yourself to pumping milk for your baby, you want to make sure you’re storing and using it correctly. We put together some answers to the breast milk storage questions we get most often. We hope this information will help you give your baby all the nutrients your amazing body has produced.

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#BraveBrelfies to Celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month

In celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month and World Breastfeeding Week, we asked BraveMoms on Facebook and Instagram to share their breastfeeding selfies ("Brelfies") with us using #BraveBrelfie.  Thank you so much to all the incredible moms who were brave enough to share their photos and stories. The courage and honesty in their pictures and words are truly beautiful and inspiring.  

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15 Breastfeeding Affirmations

Affirmations and mantras are great ways to infuse positive self-talk into our breastfeeding journeys. In this article, we'll share 15 of our favorite breastfeeding affirmations (downloadable). Whisper them, shout them, sing them to your baby, dance to them, repeat them over and over in your head -- every little bit of positivity helps.

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How I Use Mantras to Maintain My Milk Supply

In this guest post, blogger LaTisha Cotto talks about using mantras for her successful breastfeeding journey. "I was a formula-fed baby. Pretty much everyone in my entire family has been a formula-fed baby..."

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Top 3 Reasons Moms Stop Breastfeeding

Most moms know about the benefits of breastfeeding, but what about the reasons moms stop nursing? Around 80% of moms in the US begin breastfeeding their newborns, but only about a third of them are still nursing by the time their babies turn one. Why do they stop?  

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My Breastfeeding Journey

From the time I found out I was pregnant with my first, there was no doubt in my mind that I would breastfeed. As a mom-to-be, I already wanted to provide my baby with the best quality everything, so I read everything I could on the subject. Positions, signs of a good latch, how to tell my baby was getting enough. Nothing prepared me for the pain.

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31 Terms Every Breastfeeding Mom Should Know

While every mom’s breastfeeding journey is unique, many words and phrases make a sudden appearance in everyone’s new vocabulary. Some of these are easy to understand, others may be a little confusing. Here, we’ve compiled some of our favorite, most confusing, and most important words every nursing mom should know.

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11 Frequently Asked Breastfeeding Questions

Like pregnancy and delivery, breastfeeding is a unique experience for every mom and child, and most moms (first-timers and veterans) have a lot of questions about breastfeeding. Here we’ve provided answers for some of the most frequently asked questions, as well as some incredible resources for more questions you might have.

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Our Favorite 7 Ways to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week

Every year from August 1 to August 7, people around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding. Whether you’re a nursing mom or you just want to show your support for breastfeeding, here are our seven favorite ways to enjoy the week.

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All about "The Big Latch On"

Although it’s as old as humanity, breastfeeding still carries with it something of a societal stigma. Women are often told to closet themselves away, cover their babies, or “just wait till you get home.” Frustrated with laws and “decency standards,” moms and other breastfeeding advocates have banded together to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding. 

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