Need more milk? Try some lactation cookies

 

by Denise Cortes posted in Mom Stories I really struggled with breastfeeding as a young mother. It had nothing to do with doing it right or being uncomfortable with the idea of breastfeeding. I suffered from a low milk supply, plain and simple. I tried a variety of things -- pumping, extra nursing, fenugreek, brewer's... Read more »

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14 lessons I've learned from being a preemie mom

 

by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Mom Stories By Kaleena Berryman The day that I became a preemie mom, I became a different person. One Monday, I was a mom-to-be, just beginning to “show,” and by Friday my son was out and I was empty. My pregnancy ended 16 weeks early, and I had no... Read more »

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What it's like to be pregnant at the same time as your spouse

 

by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories Imagine going through pregnancy not only with your best friend, but with someone you are married to. Kate Elazegui and Emily Kehe, who welcomed their children just four days apart, enjoyed the unique experience of having been pregnant at the same time. "The pro and con of having... Read more »

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Experience contractions through these intense photos

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories During my first pregnancy, I spent a lot of time wondering what contractions would feel like. One mom friend described them as the worst period cramps of your life. After being in labor three times, I can't say I would describe contractions this way. For me, they were... Read more »

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9 ways a pregnant woman is a lot like a toddler

 

by Becky Vieira posted in Mom Stories I often look to other moms and fellow moms-to-be for support and understanding with my pregnancy struggles. Much to my surprise and delight I recently realized I have completely overlooked an entire peer group: toddlers! After spending a weekend with family I was surprised to find kindred spirits... Read more »

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10 new-mom tips you won't find in baby books

 

by Joanna Venditti posted in Mom Stories When I found out I was pregnant with our first child, I immediately bought every parenting book I could find. I was going to nail this parenting thing by studying and knowing all of the facts! Sure I received pieces of advice from other moms here and there,... Read more »

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Daylight Saving Time is ending and I'm not at all sorry

 

by Betsy Shaw posted in Mom Stories It's been super hard to wake my kids up when it's so dark in the morning. We got to school with four minutes to spare on Monday, three minutes on Tuesday, two on Wednesday, one on Thursday. Today, oy, we were five, okay maybe ten, minutes late. This... Read more »

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What raising a child with Down syndrome is really like (in pictures)

 

by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories I have found so many, many sources covering topics related to Down syndrome to be skewed. Many address topics of difficulty along with corresponding solutions, while others scream "Hey, everyone! Look at us! Our family is perfect and normal even with a child who has Down syndrome. No... Read more »

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Portrait of a Mother: Wonderfully real photos of everyday life

 

by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories Dreamy portraits of babies and children are nice to look at, but I'd be lying if I said they even remotely resembled motherhood as I know it. Life is louder, dirtier and far more chaotic than those Pin-perfect shots imply. Over the years I've found some of the... Read more »

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After 50 births these are one photographer's top 20 pics

 

by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories Photographer Leilani Rogers feels watching a baby come into this world is a "heavenly experience," and along her way to capturing 50 births she's witnessed tender moments as well as seen things that are extraordinary and unusual. Take a look at her personal selection of favorite photos: When... Read more »

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Halloween candy that is allergy friendly for most kids

 

by Katherine Martin posted in Mom Stories One would think having a child, like I do, with life threatening food allergies to milk and peanuts would put a huge damper on Halloween, but there actually is a good candy variety that is safe. If candy was a food group, my son would have it covered.... Read more »

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17 beautiful baby names meaning "miracle"

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Mom Stories For many expectant parents, the meaning behind their baby name pick is just as important as the look or the sound of it. Take Mallory, for instance. I've always thought it's a lovely name, but it lost its appeal a bit when I found out that it actually... Read more »

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Incredible photo gives bird's-eye view of a baby being born

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Mom Stories Birth photography - particularly raw, real images such as this one below - isn't for everyone. I love this picture, though. When I first saw it, my jaw literally dropped a little. This stunning image,snapped by Brazilian photographer Camila Mendes, gives a unique bird's-eye view of childbirth that... Read more »

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Photos: Mom's goodbye to older child pre-birth is everything

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories When I first saw this photo of a mom saying goodbye to an older child before giving birth, everything around me stopped. And I stared.     Portland, Oregon-based birth photographer Laura Paulescu's emotional image took me back to this moment in my own life. How I stood on the... Read more »

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Photos: NICU babies' Halloween costumes are a sweet treat

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories Dressing up is fun for everyone. These babies are the tiniest and cutest trick-or-treaters you'll see this Halloween. And for parents at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, the itty-bitty costumes created and donated by March of Dimes gave them a reason to smile, and enjoy a special... Read more »

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Photos: See a mom-to-be react to 1 in a million baby news

 

by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories Motherhood is loaded with surprises. After years of struggling to get pregnant, mom-to-be Ashley burst into tears upon learning her and husband Tyson's IVF attempt was successful -- but the emotional moment was nothing compared to the news she got at her first ultrasound. This, right here, is... Read more »

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These naked photos show moms' real postpartum bodies

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories If there ever was a real come-to-Jesus moment, it might be seeing your naked, postpartum body for the first time. I know it was for me when I was staring at my fleshy tummy in the brutally unforgiving lights of the hospital bathroom. It's easy to get caught... Read more »

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These Halloween twins have the cutest costumes ever

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Mom Stories When you've got twins, Halloween costumes can be double the fun. And why settle for just one Halloween costume when you can rock ten? If you aren't already following Arizona mom-of-five Katie Stauffer on Instagram, you're definitely going to want to start. Not only are her photos gorgeous... Read more »

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Stunning photos show how a baby fits in your womb

 

by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories Have you ever wondered how your baby managed to fit inside your body? Sure, there are some amazing illustrations out there depicting how things generally fit -- but what about your son or daughter in your womb? I recently came across the work of Marry Fermont, a photographer... Read more »

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27 cute and creative gender reveal announcement photos

 

by Katherine Martin posted in Mom Stories The gender reveal pregnancy trend is showing no signs of slowing down. As the idea of gender reveals has spread, the announcements have become more and more creative. Some trends we've noticed cropping up over the past few years: gender reveal parties are going strong, dads are getting... Read more »

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Dads confess their true feelings about pregnant bodies

 

by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories It's easy to find out how women feel about being pregnant. We women are always talking to each other, commiserating, and sharing our deepest insecurities on the internet. But it's not often men get asked how they feel about being pregnant -- about having pregnant wives or girlfriends,... Read more »

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Is your kid going to bed too late? Find out

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Mom Stories Even on a good day, in the dark of winter and the depths of the school year, I seriously struggle with getting kids to bed early enough. After a long summer, when the light lingers on past 10 p.m. and the cool evening breeze beckons from the front... Read more »

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Postpartum swag your lady bits will love

 

by Betsy Shaw posted in Mom Stories If anyone had told me I'd be eternally grateful for the huge mesh panties and free bag of super duper absorbent maxi pads the hospital hands out after you have a baby, I wouldn't have believed them. But, believe me, I was. So happy, in fact, I wished... Read more »

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