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Motherwear Breastfeeding Podcasts

Interviews and practical information for breastfeeding families from Motherwear, maker of nursing wear for twenty five years.

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Making More Milk: Diana West talks about milk supply and answers your questions.

Interview with Diana West, IBCLC, on milk supply.  Diana is best known for her work supporting mothers who have had breast surgeries through her website Breastfeeding after Reduction Surgery and her book, Defining your own Success. Diana is co-author of a new book, The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk, which will be out in December of this year and is available now for pre-order.  This is the first book to focus solely and in great detail on milk supply, and it looks like a wonderful resource. This interview is divided into two parts. Part One discusses what determines milk supply, what causes low milk supply, what mothers can do to increase milk supply, and what feelings are common among mothers with low milk supply.  You can listen to it on the player below, or download it. In Part Two Diana answers your excellent questions about milk supply (shown in the comments section of this post), on topics including the impact of birth on milk supply, suggestions for maintaining milk supply when pumping at work, how stress and periods impact milk supply.  You can listen to it on the player below, download it. Want to get email updates from the Motherwear Blog?  Subscribe here.  Want an RSS feed?  Click here.

12 May 2008

Rank #1

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Starting solids, with Ellyn Satter

Interview with Ellyn Satter, registered dietician and author of Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense about starting solid foods.This book was a guide and comfort to my family when we started solid foods, and I hope you'll enjoy the interview.  Ellyn answered some of my questions and a number that came from readers. You can listen to the podcast with the player below, or download it for free at the Motherwear iTunes store (available soon). Download Ellyn_Satter.mp3 (29261.4K) Want to get email updates from the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog?  Subscribe here.  Want an RSS feed?  Click here.

6 Dec 2008

Rank #2

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Jake Marcus on nursing in public and the law.

Interview with public interest lawyer Jake Marcus on nursing in public and the law.  Jake discusses the different types of breastfeeding laws, what to doif you're harassed for nursing in public, and where to get informationon the law in your state.  We also discuss whether nursing mothersrooms are a convenience or a form of quarantine.  Jake recently wrote a comprehensive article in Mothering Magazine on this topic.  Mothering also produced a great pocket guide (pdf) on breastfeeding in public and breastfeeding and air travel. You can listen to the podcast with the player below, download it to your iPod at the Motherwear iTunes store, or  download it to play on your computer with another player. Want to get email updates from the Motherwear Blog?  Subscribe here.  Want an RSS feed?  Click here.

8 Jun 2008

Rank #3

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Early sexual abuse and breastfeeding

Interview with Penny Simkin on breastfeeding and early sexual abuse, including common feelings of survivors about breastfeeding, and ways that breastfeeding support people can support survivors.Penny is the author of When Survivors Give Birth, on early sexual abuse and birth, and has recently been lecturing on breastfeeding and sexual abuse. This is a topic that no one talks about, but sexual abuse is frighteningly common, and undoubtedly affects many women's breastfeeding experiences.A note about comments:  If you'd like to comment but want to do so more anonymously, feel free to email me, and I'll be happy to post the comment for you.You can listen to the podcast through the player below, or download it through our free iTunes store. Download Penny_Simkin.mp3 (30112.5K)Want to get email updates from the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog?  Subscribe here.  Want an RSS feed? Subscribe here.  Want to subscribe to our breastfeeding podcasts on iTunes?  Click here.

23 Mar 2009

Rank #4

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Making More Milk, Part II - Diana West

Part II of an interview with Diana West on milk supply.  Diana answers readers' questions about birth and milk supply, keeping up milk supply while working, and how stress affects milk supply.  Download it.

12 May 2008

Rank #5

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Postpartum Depression and Breastfeeding, Part II - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Part II of an interview with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett on breastfeeding and postpartum depression.  The role of inflammation and omega-3 fatty acids, and ways of advocating for breastfeeding-friendly treatment plans are discussed.  Download it.

12 May 2008

Rank #6

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Celebrities and breastfeeding

Interview with Danielle Friedland, founder of the Celebrity Baby Blog, on celebrities and breastfeeding.  TheCelebrity Baby Blog is an extremely popular site, getting over 20million page views a month.  Danielle has included information aboutbreastfeeding in her posts on celebrities, and has even consideredworking in breastfeeding support as a future career.You can listen to the podcast through the player below, download it and listen with another player, or download it through our free iTunes store. Download Danielle_CBB.mp3 (27180.6K)Want to get email updates from the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog?  Subscribe here.  Want an RSS feed? Subscribe here.  Want to subscribe to our breastfeeding podcasts on iTunes?  Click here.

26 Apr 2009

Rank #7

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What's the problem with those formula company diaper bags?

Interview with Dr. Alison Stuebe, OB/GYN and professor at the University of North Carolina, on formula company diaper bags given out at some hospitals.  Though her work with the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition,Alison helped organize an effort to stop hospitals from distributingthese bags.  That effort became known as Ban the Bags. You can listen to the podcast with the player below, download it and listen with your own player, or download it at our iTunes store. Want to get email updates from the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog?  Subscribe here.  Want an RSS feed?  Click here.

6 Jan 2009

Rank #8

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Low milk supply - Could it be your hormones?

Lisa Marasco, IBCLC, discusses hormonal causes of low milk supply, such as PCOS, thyroid problems, prolactin levels, hypertension, diabetes.  She also discusses the effect of environmental toxins on milk supply. Here's a very special podcast for those of you who have struggled with low milk supply.  I was thrilled to be able to record this interview with Lisa Marasco, IBCLC, on maternal hormonal issues and milk supply. As a lactation consultant I see mothers who seem to have all the right 'equipment' and have done all the right things, and yet they struggle terribly with low milk supply.  In the back of my head I often wonder if hormonal component to the problem, but there is little to go on. Last year I saw Lisa speak at a breastfeeding conference and was blown away by her presentation on the many ways in which our hormones - such as thyroid hormones, prolactin levels, insulin, hormones involved in PCOS, and many others - can affect milk supply, and the small but emerging base of research on these topics. Lisa is co-author of a book I'm dying to get my hands on:  The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk.  She wrote the section on hormonal causes of low milk supply, among others.  You can listen to this podcast using the player below, or download it from our iTunes store. I interviewed Lisa's co-author, Diana West, for a podcast on common causes of low milk supply and strategies for increasing supply.  You can listen to the podcast in streaming audio here, and donwnload it at our iTunes store (up later today). Two notes before you listen: First, this is a long one.  I just couldn't cut it down.  Second, it's pretty "techie" at points.  You can handle it, but I thought I'd warn you so you won't be surprised. And for those of you who are interested in the effects of environmental toxins on different aspects of our health, please listen in at the end - skip to 36:40.  I won't forget the study she describes anytime soon. Hope you enjoy this one!  More podcasts are here and at our iTunes store. Want to get email updates from the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog?  Subscribe here.  Want an RSS feed?  Click here. Download Lisa_Marasco_Podcast.mp3 (0.0K)

13 Oct 2008

Rank #9

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Hathor the Cow Goddess - Heather Cushman-Dowdee

Interview with Heather Cushman-Dowdee, creator of the Hathor the Cowgoddess comic strip. Welcome to another Motherwear Podcast!  My guest for this recording is Heather Cushman-Dowdee, creator of Hathor the Cowgoddess, shown to the left nursing and drawing in her kitchen. This was a very fun interview.  I got to ask Heather about how she draws, the inspiration for Hathor, and the time she baked breastmilk bread with 150 college students.  Bonus knock-knock joke at the end! This one is a bit long, but I just couldn't bear to edit it down more.  It was such a fun and interesting conversation. You can listen right here using the player below, or download it. Heather's new book, Hathor's Zines, Slings, and Do-it-Yourself Things, (cover to the left) is now available for pre-order! Be sure to check out a few past posts featuring Hathor: The Zoops (video)Hathor on covering up to nurse in publicHathor on Applebee's breastfeeding policy And more podcasts are here. Want to get email updates from the Motherwear Blog?  Subscribe here.  Want an RSS feed?  Click here. Download it.

12 May 2008

Rank #10