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Newborn Photoshoot Ideas: Inspiration for At Home or In Studio

From the second you find out you’re pregnant until the day your baby reaches the age of 18, there are so many incredible moments to capture. And as they say, your baby seems to grow in the blink of an eye. Finding different ways to hold on to these memories can remind you of the ups and downs that come with motherhood, and that no matter how bumpy the ride was, it was always worth it. Newborn photoshoots, for example,...

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From Birth to 12 Months: A Timeline of Newborn Milestones & Development

Each passing day with your newborn baby is a new opportunity to watch them grow and flourish. The first year of a baby's life is full of some of the most exciting transformations; children’s developmental milestones during the first year range from showing more curiosity to finally taking those first steps.  From lifting their head and bringing their hands to mouth to perfecting tummy time and saying your name, there are so many amazing things to get excited about as...

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Breastfeeding in Public: Tips for Finding Privacy On the Go

Breastfeeding is an empowering experience. Your baby relies solely on you for nutrition, comfort and connection, and breastfeeding enables you to provide everything they need to thrive during those first six months of life (and beyond).  That doesn’t necessarily mean that breastfeeding feels natural from the start. Getting used to your baby feeding from you, all while acclimating the entire world to fit these new feeding habits, can be uncomfortable and intimidating at the start. This stigma and discomfort attached...

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Newborn Sleep Schedule: Developing Healthy Sleep Habits for You and Baby

Quality sleep is important for people of all ages, but newborn babies tend to have a hard time getting used to resting outside of their mother’s warm womb. And since babies don’t understand the difference between night and day, it’s not as easy as placing them in their crib when the sun goes down and expecting snores until the sun comes up. Developing and nurturing a healthy sleep schedule for your newborn is necessary for their physical and cognitive development,...

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What is Letdown in Breastfeeding? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

While breastfeeding is one of the body’s most natural responses, there are still unfamiliar intricacies that you may be unaware of at the start of your journey.  Letdown, for example, is a physiological process that plays a major role in your ability to feed your baby efficiently. A slow vs fast letdown in breastfeeding might be the reason your baby is feeding longer or cluster feeding. An overactive letdown, on the other hand, could be the reason you have a...

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5 Benefits of Breastfeeding You May Not Be Aware Of

Breastfeeding has a worthy reputation and with great reason. At its core, it’s an opportunity to give your baby everything they need to thrive for the first six months of life. The nutritional content of breast milk is nothing short of amazing, full of the essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to support your growing baby.   While this in itself can convince anyone to consider breastfeeding, the reality is that there are so many other advantages tied to breastfeeding, for...

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Can You Mix Formula and Breast Milk? Benefits of Combining Both for Baby

It’s recommended that mothers breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of a baby's life, but this isn’t always the journey. Low milk supply, engorgement, or other potential breastfeeding challenges are some of the reasons why a mother might consider supplemental feeding with formula.  Introducing formula into your little one’s life doesn’t mean that your breastfeeding journey must come to an end. In fact, you can even mix formula and breast milk (in the same bottle, no less). This is...

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How Much Water Should I Drink While Breastfeeding? Importance of Staying Hydrated

Staying hydrated is necessary for the body to function properly; it regulates your body temperature, keeps your joints in great condition, prevents infections, improves sleep quality and so much more.  If you’re a breastfeeding mother, it also keeps your milk flowing, ensures your milk is full of nutrients and supports your own health during the post-birth recovery phase. So while staying hydrated is important for everyone, it may be even more critical for mothers providing for their babies.  But when it...

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6 Helpful Tips for Breastfeeding: New Moms (and Dads), Here’s How to Prepare

Getting ready for baby to arrive can be one of the most exciting yet overwhelming experiences as a parent. And if you plan on breastfeeding and never have before, those feelings of overwhelm and uncertainty may be even more prevalent at this time. You might even be asking yourself: How does breastfeeding work? Or, how can I prepare for breastfeeding as a first-time breastfeeding mom? The good news is that you’re making an incredible decision for baby. The Centers for...

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Can You Drink Coffee While Breastfeeding? Here’s What to Know

Motherhood can be one of the most rewarding challenges of life, but with it comes natural exhaustion. New moms are expected to tend to their baby’s needs at any moment of the day, which can make it difficult to get proper rest and a good night’s sleep. Because of this, most mothers turn to coffee or other caffeinated beverages to keep energy levels up and maintain momentum to get through each day. While caffeine can certainly be a lifesaver for...

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