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New Mom Breastfeeding Manual: First Week

New to breastfeeding? We're breaking down what to expect during the first year. In the second part of our series, we'll focus on what to expect during the first week. When does colostrum turn into mature milk? How long will breastfeeding sessions typically be? Plus, what to expect with your baby's weight loss.

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The Benefits of Hand Expression and Manual Breast Pumps

You may be breastfeeding your baby. You may be pumping breast milk for your baby on a regular basis. Or perhaps you’re doing both. But what happens if you need to express your breast milk and there’s no pump in sight? Maybe your pump breaks unexpectedly or perhaps you need an alternative if you don’t have a power source? These are just some of the benefits of hand expression and manual breast pumps.

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Breastfeeding Your Baby: Losing 10% of Birth Weight

Your baby's birth weight is important. And for those first couple weeks of life, your primary goal as a new mom is to keep that birth weight from falling more than 10%. Why is it important to maintain that birth weight right after birth? Why is 10% the magic number? And what does it mean if your baby loses more than 10% of her initial weight? What are your options?

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