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8 Tips for Breastfeeding an Older Baby

Newborns like to snuggle up while they nurse, often falling asleep at the breast (and looking extremely adorable while doing so), but older babies (4-12 months) may have more active nursing habits. They may stay awake, maintain eye contact, or play with your hands and face while feeding. Say hello to the ever-changing tiny human who is quickly realizing there is a wide world out there.

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Black Breastfeeding Week

In 2011, the United States Breastfeeding Committee established August as National Breastfeeding Month to celebrate breastfeeding and address its unique challenges. In 2014, Kimberly Seals Allers, Kiddada Green, and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka founded Black Breastfeeding Week, which takes place during the last week of National Breastfeeding Month. Sangodele-Ayoka said that she and her co-founders “created the week as a way to promote breastfeeding and let black moms know they’re not alone.” 

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How to Prevent and Treat a Clogged Milk Duct

Many women experience clogged milk ducts at some point in their breastfeeding journey. If addressed quickly, a clogged or plugged duct can be resolved relatively easily without medical treatment. In this piece, I’ll explain everything from what a milk duct is to what you can do to prevent or relieve a clogged duct.

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10 Tips for Breastfeeding a Newborn Baby

In my work as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), I see many parents who doubt their ability to successfully provide breast milk for their babies. If you’re new to breastfeeding or you’ve done it before but can’t remember what those early weeks were like, read on for some tips to help you feel more at ease caring for your newborn.

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Finding the Perfect Nursing Bra Fit:
Why You Need to Measure Before Ordering

It’s no secret that shopping online can be both wonderful and stressful. It can be awesome because you can shop from anywhere, anytime. (Midnight snacking? Insomnia? Cluster feeding? Our store is always open!) But it can be frustrating because you can’t try on your purchases beforehand, so you’re never quite sure if they’re going to fit. To help you find the right nursing bra fit, we’ve compiled answers to some of our BraveMoms’ most frequently asked questions.

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Nursing Bras - Your Ultimate Guide

Although it may be tempting to make do with what you already have, a well-designed nursing bra works with your body, not against it, helping you to enjoy your baby even more – plus purchasing your first nursing bra is an exciting milestone! Nursing Bras: Your Ultimate Guide will tell you everything you need to know to find your perfect nursing bra fit!

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Must-Know Tips for Breastfeeding a Sick Baby

Breast milk provides excellent overall protection from sickness, but many babies still come down with some sort of cold, virus, or infection within the first year of life. During an illness, it’s possible your child will be fussier at the breast. Even if nursing is a bit more challenging, it’s important to continue breastfeeding since breast milk may be the best medicine for your little one.

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KB Survival Guide: Breastfeeding and Pumping While Traveling

Breastfeeding and pumping while traveling can feel daunting. Some babies roll with changes to their routine; other babies get distracted, tired, or anxious and nurse more or less frequently than usual. Whether you’re considering taking your breastfeeding baby on a vacation or you need to be away from him or her for a few days, we’ve put together some tips to help you plan a successful trip. 

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Breastfeeding in Public Is
Finally Legal in All 50 States

Despite widespread support for the health benefits of nursing, many new moms find that the act of breastfeeding is not altogether welcome in some spaces. The internet is filled with stories of women who receive unsolicited advice and shaming from strangers when attempting to nurse outside of their homes. Understandably, no one wants to have to deal with this type of vitriol in public or at work, and the good news is you don’t have to! In this article, we’ve gathered the best information available about your rights when it comes to breastfeeding in public spaces, including pumping in your workplace. With a bit of planning and knowledge, you can confidently navigate breastfeeding in public.

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ACOG's New Recommendations for Postpartum Care

When I read the new recommendations released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), I was excited by the proactive effort to reduce some of the challenges women experience postpartum, especially the early weeks, which “are a critical period for a woman and her infant, setting the stage for long-term health and well-being.” I was also encouraged by ACOG’s recognition of the challenges of the fourth trimester.

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Brave New Motherhood

A maelstrom of heightened emotions and changing hormones coupled with new mom exhaustion and a sense of isolation can make sanity feel elusive. Though you might encounter unexpected challenges with your growing family, you’ll also find yourself changing in amazing ways.

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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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11 Ways to Bond with Your Newborn

Newborns rely on loving parents to soothe their sensory overload and meet their basic needs. Through this consistent caregiving, the parent-child bond grows. The beauty of this phase is that every moment – when you gaze at your newborn, touch her skin, feed her, rock her to sleep, change her diaper – is a part of the bonding process. With mindful communication and these simple tasks, the parent-child bond can flourish. 

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Nursing Bras 101: A Complete Guide for the Breastfeeding Mom

You’re sailing through your pre-baby to-do list. Your nursery is stocked with the haul from your baby shower. You’ve imagined every possible baby gear necessity. Yet one question remains: What will YOU need to accommodate your changing body? Although it may be tempting to make do with what you already have, a well-designed nursing bra works with your body, not against it, helping you to enjoy your baby even more – plus purchasing your first nursing bra is an exciting milestone!

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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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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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Strange Things We Miss About Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is all-consuming for a while, but it’s a short blip on the radar in the overall scheme of things. Even so, we remain forever changed by the experience. Sure, there is the obvious close bonding that we miss when it’s all over, but there are other things too – stranger things. The KB Moms weighed in on a few of the bizarre things we’ve missed weeks, months, or even years after closing the milk factory and moving onto the busy toddler-chasing years.

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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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