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A Parent’s Guide to the NICU

A NICU is a neonatal intensive care unit, which is a hospital unit for sick newborns. Babies who are admitted to NICUs include those who are born prematurely (before 37 weeks’ gestation), have surgical conditions, birth defects, genetic syndromes, metabolic problems, and/or any other unexpected complications that arise during the newborn period, such as sepsis (infection), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), or severe hyperbilirubinemia (jaundice). Learn about the different levels of the NICU, the professionals who take care of the patients and their families, and how the babies are cared for in this helpful guide for parents.

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Breastfeeding After a C-Section: What Positions to Know

Everyone's breastfeeding experience is different. And there is no “one size fits all” guide, especially after having a cesarean section! But trying out different positions is essential to finding what's most comfortable for you and your baby and setting you up for breastfeeding success. Here are six IBCLC approved breastfeeding positions we recommend for c-section mamas!

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COVID-19 Vaccines During Pregnancy and While Breastfeeding

With an overwhelming amount of information and assumptions about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines circulating, it may be difficult to decipher facts from opinions during the pandemic. Understandably, many new and expectant moms have questions. We’ve worked with leading medical experts to gather answers from sources you can trust. 

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Medications & CBD While Breastfeeding: Get the Facts on What’s Safe

The majority of breastfeeding moms take at least one medication while nursing. If you are breastfeeding and/or pumping, it’s really important to check that all medications and supplements you take are safe and compatible with breastfeeding. 

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How To Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch

The most important element of successful breastfeeding (getting your newborn to latch onto your breasts) can be very difficult to prepare for ahead of time. Both first-time mothers and moms who are experienced with breastfeeding can be thrown for a loop and challenged when trying to get their newborns to latch on. Here are the key elements of “mastering the latch.”

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Best Foods To Eat While Breastfeeding and Pumping

New moms are so busy prioritizing the care of their newborn that they often overlook taking care of themselves, however, taking care of yourself and eating the right foods will impact your baby's health too. IBCLC Dr. Jessica Madden shares what moms should eat (and avoid) while producing breast milk. 

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How To Increase Breast Milk Supply

Wondering if your breast milk supply is keeping up with your baby's feeding demands? A lot of breastfeeding and pumping moms share this concern. Here are some of the top reasons why your milk supply may be low or decreased – and what you can do about it!

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Why Did the Color of My Breast Milk Change?

Our bodies are fascinating wonders, and one of the mysteries is how things we touch and taste can change how we look, as well as the look of things our bodies produce. And it should come as no surprise, breast milk is no exception to that rule. As with most things, the reasons behind breast milk changes color are multi-faceted and unique to each mom. But there are some things to remember when you are trying to decide what’s normal, and what isn’t.

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Postpartum Exercise Tips for New Moms

Ready to return to fitness after having a baby? Dr. Samantha Spencer shares how to ease back in safely, and what symptoms to keep an eye out for. In general, it's recommended for new moms to wait about 6-8 weeks postpartum to allow early healing to take place, and then to gradually build back up to their desired intensity. 

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