11 Newborn & Postpartum Items I Wish I’d Known About For Baby #1

Update: These past couple of weeks (five, to be exact), all I’ve been doing is prioritizing. In other words, all I’ve been doing is cuddling with my little guy. He’s all about skin to skin and eating (and, by that, I mean every hour or two during the day), so my routine has pretty much […]

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Mama Naturelle’s Top Picks for New Moms (December 2017)

Hi Mamas! I’m finally in the home stretch (6 and a half weeks to go!) and it’s starting to really hit me that I’m about to give birth. That I’m about to go without sleep for weeks on end and experience bad latches, chapped nipples, and spit up again. The postpartum/newborn stage is a tough […]

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Your Baby’s Rice Cereal: The Shocking Truth

I recently had a conversation with a new mom about when to start solids. She was surprised to hear that I started Liam at 6 months with a wide range of foods (pretty much everything but honey, nuts, and shellfish!), and not 4 months with rice cereal only. Current recommendations indicate that “breast milk or formula […]

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5 Reasons Why I Still Breastfeed My One Year Old (And Don’t Plan on Stopping Any Time Soon)

  Yup, you read that right. The WHO recommends incorporating solid foods at 6 months of age while continuing to breastfeed until three years of age. Although Liam is only 13 months old, I am adamant on doing what feels right for him – I refuse to wean him in an unnatural way if he isn’t […]

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10 (Ridiculous) Myths About Breastfeeding

I know I often write about breastfeeding… but I can’t help it! I just feel like it’s one of those things that everyone has an opinion about, but many women (and men!) are misinformed about just how easy it actually is. Below are some of the most inaccurate (and yes, ridiculous!) things I’ve heard about breastfeeding over the […]

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Enough With the “Breastfeeding Shaming” Already

A few days ago, one of my close friends sent me the link to photos in the Huffington Post that have been getting quite the hype lately. The photos, of a mother and her two daughters (ages 3 and 8 months), were taken during a motherhood shoot. When the girls started to get fussy midway through the shoot, their mother decided to […]

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Heart to Heart: Breastfeeding Past Infancy

Erin breastfed her son, Dylan, until he was 25 months old. Her story is a perfect example of a healthy nursing relationship after infancy. Her baby loved it, she loved it, so why feel pressured to wean early? Now pregnant with #2, there is nothing she would do any differently. Thank you so much for […]

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Does Exercising Lower Your Milk Supply?

This post is very timely, you guys, because this week I decided to get back in the gym after my year and a half hiatus! How do I feel? Sore. Very sore. But like my dad always says, “if it hurts, it means you needed it.” After my second consecutive day at the gym, I got a […]

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10 Awkward, Uncomfortable, yet Amazing/Hilarious Things Only a Breastfeeding Mama Will Understand…

It’s no secret: I love breastfeeding my son. I can’t help but get all sad when I think of the day when Liam and I will no longer have those tender nights, just the two of us… It’s depressing just thinking about it. My only consolation is thinking of all the benefits he will have reaped by then. […]

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Low Milk Production: Is It Fixable?

I’m back, people! It’s been a tough couple of weeks now that I’m officially teaching again. Two college courses and 45 papers to grade each week… oh, and a 3 month old at home who needs constant attention. No biggie! As a breastfeeding mama, I’m always concerned about my milk supply dropping unexpectedly (I’m hoping to make […]

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Breastfeeding Nutrition: Lactation Banana Muffins

Breastfeeding for as long as possible is my priority. Since my first day postpartum, I have been drinking Fenugreek tea (this one) and eating a healthy diet of protein, carbohydrates, and veggies. Some great foods for breastfeeding are: Salmon (Wild-caught only) – Like other fatty fish, salmon is loaded with a type of fat called DHA, crucial to […]

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Easygoing Advice for the Breastfeeding Mama

I haven’t written an article in a while because–shocker!–taking care of a newborn is basically a full time job. Between the sleepless nights, dirty diapers, tummy time, full hampers, packing away newborn size clothing, and rocking Liam to sleep using a creative array of methods, Joe and I have both been pretty busy (and exhausted). But before […]

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Is Early Breastfeeding Ever “Impossible”?

Liam, 5 days old Even before I got pregnant, I knew I would one day exclusively breastfeed my baby. As I researched the advantages of breast milk over formula during my pregnancy, I hoped that my son Liam would have no trouble latching on and that my milk would come in smoothly a few days after […]

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