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Pregnancy Podcast

The Pregnancy Podcast is a podcast all about navigating the crazy awesomeness that is pregnancy, birth, and being a new parent! Vanessa Merten provides info that goes way beyond the typical “pregnancy instruction manual” by sharing perspectives from first-time moms, experienced moms, midwives, doulas, the latest research, and even a physician here and there – all so you decide what the best option is for YOU and feel confident about​ your decisions during your pregnancy and beyond. The Pregnancy Podcast covers everything from pregnancy, prenatal care, labor, natural birth, breast feeding, newborns, and being a new parent. The Pregnancy Podcast is ​a resource to help you make informed decisions about your pregnancy and your baby. Rest assured, you’ll find the real solutions that are in line with your family and your lifestyle.
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Apr 24, 2016

This episode really gets into all of the basics about bottle feeding.  There are a lot of different options for bottles, and this covers all of your options for different materials, sizes, shapes, and features.  Each design has pros and cons and we go through each of them so you will have a better idea of what type of bottle is right for your baby.  This episode covers everything from the very first step of warming up a bottle to cleaning everything after your baby is done with a meal.  Do not stress about introducing a bottle and bottle feeding your baby.  This episode includes all the details you need to know about when to introduce a bottle and the mechanics of bottle feeding your little one.  Introducing a bottle can add some challenges to breastfeeding but there are some excellent tips for you to make the two work together and keep you and your little one happy.

Apr 17, 2016

Tips for pumping breast milk and maximizing your supply, how to build up a serious stash of milk, and how to rock pumping at work.  Understanding the relationship between breastfeeding and pumping will set you up for success when you are building up a stash of milk or pumping when you return to work.  Pumping will get easier and you will get better at it the longer you do it.  Part of the learning curve is going to be figuring out what works best for you, and finding ways to make pumping more productive and convenient will make it easier.  The easier it is, the more consistent you will be, and consistency is really the key to making it work.  Whether you are looking to stockpile your freezer with milk, continue pumping when you return to work after your maternity leave, or if you just want to be able to give your baby pumped milk from time to time this episode has some great tips for you to maximize your supply and make this task as easy as possible.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode31/

 

Thank you to Aeroflow for sponsoring this episode. Aeroflow is a company that helps you get a breast pump through your health insurance. There can be some hoops to jump through to get a breast pump through your insurance but Aeroflow does all of this for you and makes it so easy. All you need to do is fill out a form that takes just a minute and they will contact your health insurance company and work out all the details, then they will get in touch with you to help you choose the right breast pump. To get started on ordering your pump go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/breastpump/

Apr 10, 2016

Pumping is a great way to provide breast milk to your baby when you cannot be there to breastfeed.  This could be so you can run errands for a couple hours, enjoy a night out with girlfriends, or because you will be returning back to work after your maternity leave is over.  Breast milk is often referred to as liquid gold, and it is.  It is so valuable and amazing that it cannot be reproduced in a lab, only you can make it, and your milk is perfectly formulated for the needs of your baby.  Hooking your boobs up to a machine to pump milk is pretty strange, but the fact that you can give your baby your own breast milk from a bottle is awesome.  Pumping breast milk can really make a major difference for moms who need to be away from their baby during a short time and especially if you will be returning back to work at some point after the birth of your little one.  This episode is focused on all the fundamental things you need to know about pumping breast milk.

 

Show notes: http://pregnancypodcast.com/episode30/

 

Thank you to Aeroflow for sponsoring this episode. Aeroflow is a company that helps you get a breast pump through your health insurance. There can be some hoops to jump through to get a breast pump through your insurance but Aeroflow does all of this for you and makes it so easy. All you need to do is fill out a form that takes just a minute and they will contact your health insurance company and work out all the details, then they will get in touch with you to help you choose the right breast pump. To get started on ordering your pump go to http://pregnancypodcast.com/breastpump/

Apr 3, 2016

There is a lot you can do to prepare for breastfeeding before you have your baby and some very simple steps you can take during your pregnancy.  The more prepared you are for breastfeeding, the better start you will have, and the more successful your breastfeeding relationship will be.  Don't wait until you are holding your baby in your arms to think about breastfeeding.  This episode features Lori Isenstadt of the All About Breastfeeding podcast.  Lori is a breastfeeding expert and explains everything you can do to prepare for breastfeeding now and get off to a great start once your baby arrives.

Lori Isenstadt has many certifications in the maternity field.  She has worked as a childbirth educator, postpartum and birth doula, she has written several eBooks, and for the last 20 years has worked as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a pro on all things breastfeeding, she runs a private practice where she helps moms and babies with breastfeeding, and is the proud host of the All About Breastfeeding podcast.

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