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Breastfeeding Facts
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Bottle refusal is incredibly hard for breastfeeding parents. Learn how to help your baby take a bottle, and what to do if they won’t.

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Breastfeeding Facts
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Introducing bottles to breastfed babies doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. Here are the simple steps, with examples of good and bad bottle latches.

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Breastfeeding Facts
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Let’s say you’re breastfeeding and you really want to use bottles sometimes, too. How on earth are you supposed to pick a bottle to even start with if every company has similar claims and the boogeyman of “nipple confusion” is lurking around every corner?

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baby feeling left out of the PSL love? You too can make a pumpkin spice breastmilk latte that your baby will love!
Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

It’s been 15 years since Starbucks introduced the pumpkin spice latte, and for better to for worse, Americans are generally obsessed with the flavor- either you love it or you passionately avoid it.  We’ve even started to produce foods and products that have absolutely no business being “pumpkin spiced.”   For example, would you like

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newly born baby laying on mom's chest; title says "8 truths you need to know before your baby is born"
Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

We, as a society, do a craptastic job of preparing families for baby’s first couple weeks of life. The families I see are often overwhelmed and confused.  We make you focus on all the gear and accessories and stuff before your baby is born… when what we really need to do is talk about the

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IBCLC health insurance
IBCLC
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

If you’ve done any research into pregnancy or breastfeeding in the United States in the past few years, it’s likely you’re aware that the Affordable Care Act expanded preventative health care services to include breastfeeding support- as of August 1, 2012, health plans in the United States were generally required to cover “breastfeeding support, supplies and

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Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Every single day (not an exaggeration) parents ask me about pumping.  They want to know how to start pumping, how to schedule pumping for the best results, if they should be pumping every day once baby gets home from the hospital… the works. In the United States over 85% of breastfeeders have pumped their milk

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how to gently night wean your baby, a step-by-step guide
Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Thinking about night weaning your baby?  Many older babies still nurse for comfort overnight but may not necessarily still need the calories.  You, on the other hand, may truly be needing the “extra” sleep you’re “losing” when you feed the baby multiple times a night! Research shows that exclusively breastfeeding parents get MORE sleep than

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stress and breastfeeding: how to protect your milk supply
Breastfeeding Tips
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

The past year has been incredibly stress-inducing for many people.  When I sit down with my breastfeeding support group families or talk with parents at their home visit, I find that I’m spending much more time discussing stress and anxiety than I used to.  Stress and breastfeeding have become a conversation topic during most of

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low milk supply series pediatricians
breastfeeding research
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

Welcome to what will likely be the shortest section of my blog post series on low milk supply, about pediatricians and breastfeeding!  If you’d like to follow along in order, please start at part 1: research and then continue to part 2: breastfeeding data before starting on this post. Pediatricians and Breastfeeding: what do they

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low milk supply series part 2
breastfeeding research
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

I spent two years writing my Masters thesis on low milk supply, and now I’m translating that thesis into a series of blog posts.  If you’d like to follow along in order, please start at low milk supply series, part 1: research. Note:  If you’re not big into survey data, your eyes may glaze over

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low milk supply breastfeeding research
Breastfeeding Facts
Rachel O'Brien, IBCLC

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I did my Masters degree on U.S. mothers and low milk supply.  When I started my research I thought there must be studies out there that would show exactly how many families deal with low supply. I expected to unearth some sort of perfect algorithm.  My ultimate goal was

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Hi, I'm Rachel!

I'm a lactation consultant (IBCLC) with my masters degree in human lactation. When I'm not helping breastfeeding & chestfeeding families in MetroWest Massachusetts, or writing blogs for parents AND other lactation professionals, I'm hanging with my three kids and/or indulging in my love of drag queens. Learn more about me by clicking here!