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Read Your Baby. Adapt as needed.

Read Your Baby. Adapt as needed.

Put away my books? Don’t Google at 3 am? How could anyone give this advice? But I do. Many times. Not to all moms of course, as books can be really helpful when you have questions, and Googling can give you real time answers when there is no one else awake to ask. However, there […]

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What does it take to become a postpartum doula? The top 5 traits of awesome doulas

What does it take to become a postpartum doula? The top 5 traits of awesome doulas

Recently someone asked me how many years it takes to get into postpartum doula work. Guess what? The answer is hours and days, not years! Because this is a lay profession, not a medical one, there are actually NO PREREQUISITES! Anyone who is comfortable with babies and supporting families is qualified. So who would make  […]

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Babywearing deals at your local garage sale?

Babywearing deals at your local garage sale?

As much as I love both garage sales and babywearing, I also love featuring others who have even more passion and education than I do, so Lindsay DeGroot joined us for this blog on two of our favorite topics! Summer in Portland means beautiful weather, garage sale season, and plenty of second-hand baby items lining […]

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Take off your pool cover!

Take off your pool cover!

It is really a welcome sight to see water in the desert. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy even a glimpse of an irrigation gulch until we moved. My eyes seize upon any sliver of water sparkling in the heat. It soothes my soul. Growing up near the water may have put that […]

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Washing ALL those pump parts!

Washing ALL those pump parts!

  Washing Clearly the worst part about pumping is washing the parts and keeping everything clean and safe. Here are the top tips from Portland moms who have become pros at pumping and storing their milk:     Quick Clean Wipes – these come in a package like baby wipes but are specially formulated to […]

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“My milk feels stuck and I can’t get it all out.”

“My milk feels stuck and I can’t get it all out.”

So many moms ask us how to get ALL the milk out when they pump, especially when they are newly engorged or worried that a clogged duct is starting to form, or if they are on the edge of mastitis. Breasts are always making milk, especially in the very beginning of breastfeeding, so it might […]

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“How do I pump enough for my baby while I’m at work?”

“How do I pump enough for my baby while I’m at work?”

It is the plea of hardworking mothers who slug their pumps with them to work, drop off their babies, and take their breasts along too. How do I pump enough to keep up with my baby when all I have is this machine?? I asked moms this question and got ALL these answers–so clearly there […]

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10 things I learned from my web and social media guru

10 things I learned from my web and social media guru

A great move I recently made was to hire someone to help me navigate the muddy waters of web organization and social media management for our thriving business. Yes, we are doing well, but aren’t we all about efficiency? We can teach you how to care for your baby efficiently, and my web guru can […]

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How to not waste your pumped breastmilk? Use PACED BOTTLE FEEDING.

How to not waste your pumped breastmilk? Use PACED BOTTLE FEEDING.

One of the biggest concerns for moms going back to work is that they won’t have enough milk for their baby while they are away. This needs to be tackled in two parts. Part 1 is about making sure to use the pumped milk wisely and not putting extra pressure on mom to pump more. […]

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Loving life

Loving life

Loving life in Arizona! (We are working on restyling the blog a bit this week, so look below for all the blog posts, but forgive the mess while we modernize the look a bit! The search feature is working well though!)

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