When you and your partner greet each other after a long day apart, what do you do? Hug, with your head in that special place on your partner’s chest (especially if your partner is taller!). Hearing each other’s heartbeat and breathing in sync is relaxing; that feeling of togetherness can make your whole day feel

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(Click here for full-size, printable pdf image.) Did you know that your body starts making milk during your second trimester of pregnancy? That means you’ve got milk even if you give birth early! Your first milk, colostrum, is like medicine for preemies. Colostrum is thicker and yellower than mature milk. It is packed with the antibodies

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(Please click here for full-size printable image.) Too much weight gained in the early days and weeks is linked to obesity in childhood and adulthood. Obesity is linked to a variety of health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancers. The U.S. Surgeon General’s 2011 Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding cites a 32% increased

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Please click here for full-size printable image. Many moms wonder how their baby will be fed when they’re apart, regardless of whether they are separated for a quick trip to the gym or for a full day at their jobs. Using a cup to feed mom’s expressed milk can be an option, even for a

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Please click here for full-size printable image. When mother and baby are comfortable, it’s easier to get a good latch and breastfeed well. These tips can help achieve a good latch. 1. Let gravity help! When mom leans back with baby on her tummy, gravity is doing the work! Gravity holds the baby in position

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Our time is guided by calendars, obligations, and technology. Smartphones keep us connected 24/7 with our emails, social media, obligations, and calendars. Our needs for self-care, healthy food, and exercise have to be put into our busy schedules, with pop-up reminders. Hallmark helps us remember special occasions as we schedule time for friendships, love, and

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I attended a friend’s baby shower in 2007. Guests were seated and served an array of fried appetizers while we anxiously awaited the arrival of the very pregnant mom-to-be. The decor was straight out of a baby magazine: the pink and silver tables were anchored by clusters of ready-to-use formula bottles, the centerpieces were bottle-shaped

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While pregnant, we dream of motherhood: of holding a beautiful baby in our arms, dressing him in tiny clothes, and pampering him with unconditional love. We offer our bodies wholesome foods, hydration, and healthy exercise, and tend to refuse even a Tylenol.  Our bodies work.  A healthy baby grows. Mommies-to-be feel confident and in-charge. For

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We usually prepare for birth: we take classes on relaxation techniques, watch television series with birth stories, and read a myriad of books, magazines, and videos. Breastfeeding is the longest part of the birthing process, yet most of us are unprepared. “Breastfeeding is natural,” think moms-to-be. “Baby, boob, boom.”   Every so often we  hear of a

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