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How Do I Manage Plugged Ducts?

I have a small, painful lump in my breast. How can I tell if it’s a plugged duct or something more serious? more

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Can I Breastfeed If There Is Blood In My Milk?

My nipples are cracked and bleeding. Do I need to stop breastfeeding? Will the blood in my milk hurt my baby? more

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Is There A Remedy For Sore Nipples?

My nipples are cracked and bleeding. They are so painful I am almost tempted to stop breastfeeding. What can I do? more

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How Can I Keep My Breasts From Leaking?

Every time I leave the house my breasts leak, so much so that a wet spot appears on my shirt (how embarrassing!). What can I do to stop the leaking? more

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Breastfeeding Intentions Go Unrealized For Many Mothers

New mothers seldom need to be convinced to try breastfeeding; they know that it is the healthiest choice for their babies. What they do need, however (but often fail to get), is adequate support, especially in the first two weeks... more

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Product Spotlight: Amber Teething Necklaces

You’ve likely seen those cute, honey-colored beads adorning the necks of babies, from those carried on the hips of celebrities to those toddling around your neighborhood playground. More than a trendy, hip baby accessory—amber beads have long been used as... more

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Product Spotlight: LACTOR

LACTOR may sound like a particularly milky new addition to Hasbro’s Transformers, but in fact it is a web-based interactive program touted as a means of breastfeeding support for new mothers. Based on the idea that a mother-kept diary of... more

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Product Spotlight: Milky!

Remember Hollywood actresses and twin sisters Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley from Sister, Sister, a popular TV comedy in the 1990s? These new moms (with the world’s cutest kids) recently launched the company Need, selling two products—one of which is... more

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Early Use Of Infant Formula A Slippery Slope

It appears that the end may justify the means after all. At least that’s what the results of a recent study in Pediatrics suggest. Spurred by widespread efforts to increase breastfeeding rates—from banning hospital gift bags with infant formula samples... more

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Can I Breastfeed After A Cesarean Birth?

I am scheduled to have a cesarean birth for health-related reasons, and I am worried that I won’t be able to breastfeed. Should I be concerned? more