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Breastfeeding is wonderfully natural and simple yet is complex enough to fill books on the subject. As you look forward to completing pregnancy and welcoming your new little one, here are answers to the most common questions from first-time moms about beginning breastfeeding.Talk to your healthcare provider about your breastfeeding goals to ensure your whole labor and birth team work together to get you and baby off to a wonderful start.    1. When can I start nu

Post-birth, most moms (as many as 85%!) experience some form of the baby blues. This could be feeling irritable, exhausted, needing to cry for no reason or worrying that you won’t be a good mom.These mood swings may be due to hormonal changes, lack of sleep, the physical recovery from labor and birth, and usually go away on their own quickly in the first 1-2 weeks. Postpartum Depression But for as many as 15% of new moms, the baby blues develops into postpartum

Have you noticed your baby starting to follow you with her eyes every time you take a bite of food? If you’ve been wondering when to begin to feed baby’s curiosity while continuing breastfeeding, know that the AAP recommends that babies continue “exclusively breastfeeding for about 6 months.”During this time, gradually add other foods while keeping breastfeeding and breastmilk the priority through baby’s first birthday. After that, the AAP states, “breastfeeding

When is the right time for another baby?Although your body is designed to have babies, pregnancy is a major system stressor. Balance your desire to grow your family with your body’s need to recover from each pregnancy and the time spent breastfeeding. Your body needs time to rebuild its nutritional stores, especially iron and folate. And if you’re already dealing with a chronic health issue, like high blood pressure or high blood sugar, spacing your pregnancies is

As a new mom, whether you’re working or not, you’re going to experience times when you need to be away from your baby – so it makes sense to plan how you’ll keep breastmilk flowing when you’re apart. Creating and maintaining a supply of frozen breastmilk is foundational and the first step in ensuring that you can breastfeed your baby for up to a year or longer, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. What moms really want to know is what strat

Contrary to popular myth, you’re not awaiting a flood when your water bag breaks. Here’s how to tell when it happens and when to go the hospital.Where will you be when it happens? In bed? In line at the grocery store? Most pregnant women worry about when and how to know that their amniotic sac – their water bag – has broken.Television often shows the water bag breaking with the force of a dam bursting, drenching the surrounding area and sending the mom immediatel

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