Ashley Stebbins  Blog Posts


Surviving Mastitis: What is it, How to Avoid it, How to Treat it

A common fear of prospective parents is mastitis. If you have ever had a friend get it, you know. Mastitis is an infection of the breast, caused by an inflammation of the breast. This can occur due clogged milk ducts or bacteria entering into the breast through cracked or damaged nipples. If you are planning to breastfeed and hope to avoid mastitis, there are a few simple things you must know.

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Breastfeeding: Treating Damaged Nipples

A fear for many breastfeeders is damaged nipples and pain while breastfeeding. For many years, it was recommended to ‘toughen up’ the nipples with a rough towel to prepare them for breastfeeding. It is now well known that this causes more harm than good and is completely unnecessary. If anyone tells you to do this, that advice is outdated and no longer best practice.

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Engorgement: Why Are My Breasts So Tight and Uncomfortable and What Do I Do About it?

Mother nature is often very kind to us when we first start breastfeeding and so, in the early days, we are often provided with way more breastmilk than our babies can eat. Your breasts have no idea yet whether you are feeding one baby, two babies, three, four, or more babies. This may cause your breasts to swell with much more milk than is being removed and get hard and uncomfortable, called engorgement.
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Breastmilk: Will I Have Enough?

If you are like 90% of other hopeful breastfeeders, you are probably worried about not having enough milk to breastfeed your baby successfully. You want breastfeeding to work, but you’ve never done it before and perhaps your mother and sisters never did either. You may even have friends who have told you about how they just didn’t have enough milk for their babies. As a lactation professional and doula, I often hear “If I can” as a response when asked if my clients are planning breastfeed.

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50 Shades of Breastmilk: What Color is Your Milk?

You’ve only exclusively breastfed your baby for months and it’s almost time to go back to work so you decide it’s time to start pumping to build your breastmilk stash. You pull out your insurance-provided pump you got all those months before. It’s the first time you’ve used it. You put all the parts together, bring the flanges to your breast, and turn the pump on for the first time. The pump gets to work and you start seeing milk dripping into the cups and it’s…green!

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Pregnancy Weight Gain: How Much Will I Gain?

If you are like many other pregnant people, you may be worrying about how much weight you should expect to gain during pregnancy. Recommended weight gain depends on several factors, however. Many begin to see the numbers changing on the scale and worry how much more they can possibly add on.

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Labor Pain Management: Using a TENS Unit

If you are planning to have a natural delivery without pain medications, you are probably researching all the natural pain reliefs you can find. Maybe you’ve used a TENS unit before your pregnancy to help with various aches and pains or maybe you’ve never heard of one before now. Maybe you never even considered that a TENS unit could be used for labor.

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Small acts of kindness make big change in Nashville

You may or may not know but Nashville families are struggling in a big way. 1 in 3 families, to be specific. You may even know someone who is struggling. Maybe you can think of a friend or two right now who just need a little hand up. Diapers are such an essential part of raising a baby and maybe you don’t even realize just how many people struggle to afford enough diapers to meet the needs of their babies. Babies go through roughly 12 diapers per day. As you may imagine, that can get expensive, especially when you live paycheck to paycheck.

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