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Mamava Mama: Carlisa Thomas

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Ten years ago Carlisa Thomas was a new mom who didn't know anything about breastfeeding. But today, after five kids and one powerful mama group, Carlisa is a confident breastfeeding mama who wants to help other moms. 

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5 Things This Breastfeeding Expert Wants You to Know

Nobody is born knowing how to breastfeed a baby—that’s why it’s great to have a community of other mamas and lactation pros to show you the ropes and help you troubleshoot when the flowing gets tough. At Mamava, lactation consultant and birth doula Sally MacFadyen has superstar status, having helped over half the moms who work here successfully nurse their babies. So stop the midnight Googling and feel more confident with these top tips from Mamava’s favorite “boob whisperer.”

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Mamava Mama: Gaby Cavins

The transition to motherhood is often depicted as joyous—and rightfully so. But postpartum depression and anxiety are a reality for many women and, for Gaby Cavins, an officer in the U.S. Navy, having a baby was “like hitting a brick wall.” Never mind giving birth—what caused the most pain for Gaby was breastfeeding.

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The Weekend Getaway: How To Pack Like a Pro When You're Breastfeeding

Before kid(s), going away for a weekend was easy. You threw your Kindle and a pair of yoga pants in a tote bag and (hopefully) remembered to water the plants. But when you’re breastfeeding, getting away—even for a few days—is more complicated. Don’t worry. Do use this handy guide to get you out the door and onto your adventure.

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Mamava Mama: Bree LeMay

Our Mamava mama is Bree LeMay, a full-time single mother of two children. She's also a hair stylist who's getting ready to go back to work behind the chair part-time and plans to pump in between clients. As a staunch believer in a mama's right to breastfeed wherever and whenever the need arises, Bree's gotten her fair share of unhelpful comments and sideways looks. She doesn't let it faze her, just continues on confidently: "I openly nurse in public because I feel absolutely zero shame for nurturing my children." Bree offers these insights to other breastfeeding mamas.

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Help for "Beautiful, Messy Transition" into Motherhood: A New Book By Kate Rope

 Author Kate Rope.  Photo: Heidi Geldhauser

Kate Rope wants all mamas to to know that the transition into motherhood isn't easy, that society's standards for parenting are often unrealistic, that self-care and support are critical to enjoying the journey—and "good enough" parenting means you're doing a great job.

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5 Changes That Are Good for You, Your Family, And The Planet

 

You know that what you eat, the self-care products you use, and even the products you use to clean your house, can affect your health—and the health of Mama Earth. When you're pregnant or breastfeeding, the impact of your purchasing decisions feels even more significant. How can you make choices that are good for your body, your baby, and the planet … without spending a fortune?

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Mamava Mama: Megan Pagels

Megan Pagels, a first-time mom with a full-time job, reminds us that while breastfeeding may be natural, it's anything but easy. From latching issues to milk supply, new moms need time, information, and support. 

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Mamava Mama: First-Time Mama Jenny Kordell

 

Jenny Kordell is a first-time mama who's had her share of latching problems and stress trying to find a place to pump while traveling.  Now, nine months in to her breastfeeding journey with her very own "breastfeeding champ," she's got some ideas about how we can support new moms, their babies, and their families. 

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Mamava Monday: Mompreneur Amy Jackson

Have breast pump will travel: mama Amy Jackson shares her 3 must-haves for breastfeeding mamas on the go. 
 
 
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