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How to Handle Painful Nipples from Breastfeeding and Pumping

Breastfeeding is a beautiful, natural way to feed your baby. It can sometimes be uncomfortable but should not hurt or be uncomfortable on an ongoing basis. Think of the journey as a learning experience for both you and your baby. That means that there will be hiccups along your path, regardless of whether it’s your

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Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are one of the most important steps you should take throughout your pregnancy. Ideally, you should start taking prenatal vitamins when you are trying to conceive a baby.

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What to Expect from Prenatal Visits

What to Expect from Prenatal Visits

The first step of your pregnancy: confirm!

After seeing the little positive sign on the pee stick,  you should have your pregnancy confirmed. Call your primary care provider to request a pregnancy blood test. 

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What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding Your Newborn Baby

If you’re thinking about your breastfeeding journey, chances are you’ve come across countless tips on how to master your breastfeeding journey, or what do I need for breastfeeding types of articles. The truth is, there are many wonderful suggestions out there for successful tips for breastfeeding your newborn, but it’s also important to remember that

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Recommendations for Baby Weight Gain

Nursing problems, such as milk production and low infant weight gain, are caught early  when parents monitor wet and poopy diapers and keep up with regular well-baby checks. Production challenges can be caused by a number of factors.

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Preparing for Baby’s Arrival and the Postpartum Journey.

Your third trimester is here, and you are getting ready for the baby! The moment you’ve been counting down is finally approaching, and will undoubtedly be both incredible, and likely overwhelming at the same time. There are many ways to make the transition from pregnancy through postpartum easier on both you and your baby, so

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Postpartum Care, FAQs, and Tips

The days and weeks after delivery, known as postpartum, truly are the fourth trimester of your pregnancy journey. Take your postpartum recovery as seriously as your pregnancy care. The best advice we can give is to take this time to heal. Don’t go anywhere or do anything you don’t need to for at least the next two weeks of your journey.

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Making Your Birth Plan

There’s no one way to write a birth plan. Some plans only cover the basics, while others are highly detailed. Every expectant parent is different—not only in what they’d like out of their birth experience, but also their pregnancy profile and history—so your birth plan should be customized to reflect and fit you.

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Labor & Delivery

Understanding some of the language and procedures related to labor and delivery will help you prepare and minimize your anxiety when the time comes.

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