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5 Ways to Keep Your Milk Supply Strong During the Holidays

5 Ways to Keep Your Milk Supply Strong During the Holidays The end of the year can be a stressful time for many of us.  Family visits, holiday shopping and travel are all factors that can lead to stress, which can ultimately affect your milk supply.  We know first-hand how priorities can get a little out of whack whilst trying to deck the halls and often we forget to take necessary steps that ensure healthy milk supply.  Keeping your supply strong can be very hard when you’re on the road or are trying to be present with family, so we rounded up five ways to help keep your milk flowing throughout the holidays.  Stay Hydrated - When we are busy,...

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Lactation Recipes: Kale Salad with Dates and Toasted Almonds

As a breastfeeding mama, there is a lot of advice out there about what you should and shouldn't put in your body. Don't worry, you don't have to completely overhaul your diet just to breastfeed, but you may notice that this milk-making business requires a lot of energy-- and nutrient-dense lactation foods can really help you feel your best. Calcium is one of those nutrients your body needs and craves while breastfeeding. It's recommended a breastfeeding mama gets a minimum of 1,000 mg of calcium on the daily. A study in 2008 from "Journal of Human Lactation" even suggests regularly eating calcium-rich foods may help breastfeeding mamas produce more milk. And especially since lots of mamas are also instructed to...

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Lactation Recipes: Korean Seaweed Soup

I love pulling from other cultures to see how women nurture each other with traditional foods after birth. Here is a recipe that is close to my heart because I gave birth to my first son in South Korea, and this warm nourishing bowl of goodness was served to me at the birthing center. As the story goes, the history behind eating this Seaweed Soup came from ancient Koreans observing whale mothers gorging themselves on seaweed after birth. It just so happens seaweed is teeming with restorative vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, iodine, B vitamins, and omega 3's which a mother's body can be depleted of postpartum. This soup is also enjoyed each year on one's birthday to honor...

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