Must-Haves for Breastfeeding in the Early Days

High up there on the list of things people never tell you about pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum is how difficult breastfeeding can be, especially in the beginning. In an effort to break the silence, I’ve been very open about my struggle to breastfeed my son during the first month of his life. Every problem you can think of, we had it: latching difficulties, poor latch, lazy eating, fussy eating, the list goes on. 

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Breast Fed, Bottle Fed... Fed Up

What's better, bottle fed or breast fed? Does it really matter when it comes to the health of the baby or the parent?

When did being a parent become so competitive? If you remember my last post, you know that I mention a few times how it's very difficult to not compare your baby's achievements to other babies, and how it can all become so... exhausting. 

So, what is this ongoing debate between bottle fed babies and breastfed babies? Why is there even a line of separation? At the end of the day, isn't it just a matter of feeding your baby?

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Unsolicited Parent Advice: Friend or Foe?

We all have those people in our lives, the ones who voice their opinion even when uninvited. The ones who have read the most recent study, or watched a video, or read an article on Facebook. The ones who.know.everything. 

Being a parent makes these people appear out of the woodwork. It seems that all of a sudden everyone is an expert in all things baby, and you start to doubt yourself from the second you walk out of the hospital room. 

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Why it Really Takes a Village to Raise a Baby

If this is your first time to ITAV, then you may not know my back story, or even why this entire website, company, and support system even exist. I am a recently new mom to my Lennon, and although things are easier now, they were incredibly difficult in the beginning. Had it not been for my amazing support group of moms, dads, family members, "breast friends" (as I called my moms I met in my breast feeding support group), and the lovely internet, I would never have made it through the first 12-weeks. Oh, and of course, my darling husband, who I am sure you will get to know very well through these blogs, social media posts, and anything else which allows you a sneak peak into my life.

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