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Using a Nipple Shield My Experience
A cautionary tale and success story all in one, here's my experience with using a nipple shield to nurse my first daughter.

Using a Nursing Cover
Nursing covers are rapidly becoming a "must-have" on every major baby registry. Prospective mothers can choose from multiple styles and fabrics, and even coordinate with diaper bags and baby carriers. So if you breastfeed, or plan to breastfeed, should you get and use a nursing cover?

Using Stored Breast Milk - Guidelines
Guidelines for using expressed breast milk - including information on milk separation, warming or thawing breast milk, reusing milk and stocking frozen breastmilk.

Using the Cross-Cradle Nursing Position
The cross-cradle nursing position, also known as the cross-cradle nursing hold, cross-cradle latching hold or transition hold is a great "training position" for both mother and baby as they both learn to breastfeed in the first days and weeks.

Vaccines and Breastfeeding
Accepting, foregoing, delaying or picking and choosing childhood vaccinations is an increasingly hot debate topic for parents and health practitioners. See how breastfeeding figures in to the decision-making process, how to find a vaccine-flexible doctor and resources you can consult to learn more.

Wal-Mart Angers Nursing Mom in South Carolina
In Columbia, South Carolina, it was reported that a nursing mother, Heather Silvis, was recently moved into a dressing room by the employees of a Richland County Wal-Mart, in violation of state law, and in a particularly unacceptable fashion. I could not be more livid about this incident.

Weaning from Nipple Shields
When nursing mothers use nipple shields for assistance establishing breastfeeding, there is often a great deal of stress over how to wean from the nipple shields. Using a nipple shield is NOT a "life sentence." Here are my thoughts, advice and tips on weaning from nipple shields.

What Baby Needs -- Book Review
What Baby Needs, part of the Sears Children's Library, is a must-have book for families with a soon-to-be older sibling who plan to breastfeed (and possibly practice other forms of attachment parenting). This is a great shower gift for a second (or third or more)-time breastfeeding mama!

What is a Lactation Educator
What is a lactation educator? Information on the training, education and qualifications of this type of breastfeeding professional.

What is a Nurse-In?
Now and again nursing mothers gather in public in what is generally referred to a nurse-in, or nursing flash mob. What exactly is a nurse-in, what is the point, and why do some see them as controversial?

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