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Support with Integrity Breastfeeding Pledge

Support with Integrity Breastfeeding Pledge

Over the past 10 years, Earth Mama has worked closely with, and supported, a tremendous cadre of knowledgeable, generous, and loving advocates who support breastfeeding women with evidence-based research: professionals, non-profits, educators, manufacturers of breastfeeding products, and breastfeeding mothers, both experienced as well as first timers. They all want the same thing – to offer support. But too often we’ve seen these breastfeeding supporters need to defend themselves  — or their position, method, techniques, organization or beliefs about breastfeeding — against judgment and criticism. Their time and energy is wasted defending themselves, instead of focusing on helping nursing mamas.

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Ten Non-Herbal Tips to Help Increase Breast Milk Production

1.Supply and demand is one of the biggest factors to help support the production of breast milk. There is a stimulus/response system between the breast and the brain. When the baby suckles, the brain releases oxytocin to trigger breasts to manufacture more milk. The more baby is allowed to suck, the more the breast is stimulated to produce milk. So the more you ring the dinner bell, the more generous the buffet!

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Herbs for Healthy Breast Milk Production

Breastfeeding is the natural way to nurture a new baby, but sometimes the Milk of Momness needs Mother Nature’s help to flow freely. Galactagogues (‘galact' or 'galacto' is the Greek prefix that means milk, and the suffix 'agogos' means flow) are nature’s herbal gifts to lactating women, and have been used for centuries to help increase milk supply.

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Nine Things Your Nipples Wish You Knew About Them

1. When breastfeeding, don’t wash your nipples with soap! They have special ducts that secrete naturally lubricating, bacteria fighting oil. “What,” you say, “don’t wash?” No, of course hygiene is important, especially since bacteria and fungus thrive in dark, moist places like behind a breast pad. But rinsing and air drying with your regular daily bath/shower should be plenty to keep your nipples in the pink.

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