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    Is there anything worse than your baby biting on your nipple during a breastfeeding session? Talk about pain! When babies start biting, some moms get frustrated and stop nursing. Others just grin and bear it. But there's no reason to do either.

    You can figure out why your baby is biting and implement some tips to overcome it (saving your poor nipple in the process).

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    One of the things a breastfeeding mom worries about most is whether her baby is getting enough to eat. After all, you can’t really see the “bottle” draining. And if that’s not enough to stress about, some moms wonder whether their baby is getting the right kind of breast milk. There's lots of talk in breastfeeding circles about foremilk (watery, low-fat milk baby first gets when nursing) and hindmilk (the high-fat cream that follows). But is this something you really need to concern yourself with when nursing your baby?

    The short answer is no.

    "Breast milk is breast milk -- it all serves a great purpose," says Leigh Anne O'Connor, a lactation consultant in New York City. "Foremilk and hindmilk are the same thing; it's the fat content of the milk that is removed that varies. Most women do not need to worry about it at all." 

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    Breastfeeding is a global experience. Mothers around the world have the option to nurse their newborns, but the cultural expectations and ramifications vary by nation. Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc., a breastfeeding supply company, surveyed nursing mothers about how they view breastfeeding in their country.

    The global survey polled more than 13,000 moms in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and show us just how differently the cultures perceive nursing.

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    Finally, the brainiacs at MIT are addressing a real problem that desperately needs attention! They're hosting a "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon" for engineers, designers, parents, public health researchers, and lactation consultants this weekend. 

    Hallefreakinglujah!

    I dreamed of torching my breast pump as a nod -- a fist-bump, if you will -- to my turkey baster nipples. They felt like they cooked for 12 hours in a 350-degree oven every single time I pumped. If the genius summit manages to improve even one aspect of the breast pump, I will give thanks. I may bow down ... or even stop calling them MIT geeks (yeah, I am so jealous I could never get in). Here, IQ champs, are seven udderly torturous breast pump problems you need to solve.

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    Despite every advantage -- a breastfeeding-friendly pediatrician and hospital, access to an extensive network of lactation consultants, a loving husband, and a genuine desire to breastfeed -- Suzanne Barston struggled. Her son had a tongue tie and wouldn't latch. He was also diagnosed with a severe milk allergy despite her vegan diet.

    Further complicating matters? Nerve damage in one of Suzanne's breasts made breastfeeding excruciatingly painful. And then there was her crippling postpartum depression (PPD) ... she had to deal with feelings of failure that she couldn't breastfeed through a haze of sadness.

    She felt alone, so she started to write. Suzanne launched her Fearless Formula Feeder blog with the mantra Standing Up for Formula Feeders Without Being a Boob About It. And that changed her life.

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    The first time you hear about nipple shields, your first thought may be "nipple what?" but don't knock it until you try it. The small silicone cups can be a godsend for many a breastfeeding mom.

    Made to fit over the nipple and areola with tiny holes for the milk to pass through, the nifty device "helps to keep the nipple extended so that the baby won't 'lose' it during a pause in sucking," says Brittany Welding at at MainLineDoulas.com.

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    While most moms know that burping is a necessity for bottle-fed babies, breastfed babies typically don't need to be burped as often ... or even at all. This is because "babies don't tend to swallow air while breastfeeding like those who are bottle-fed," says Cheryl Wu, MD, a pediatrician in New York. This means that little or no air gets trapped in the baby's stomach, which can cause tummy pain that can be relieved when that air is released -- with a burp. That said, it doesn't mean that a breastfed baby's feeding is always airtight -- and there are times when a good burping is in order.

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    Combine two of the most contentious issues when it comes to breastfeeding -- nursing in public and nursing while drinking -- and you get a social media war targeting one mom who dared to order a drink while (gasp!) breastfeeding her child in a restaurant.

    Crystal Dize was out celebrating Labor Day at Big Woody's restaurant in Virginia, when she claims she was kicked out because she nursed her 11-month-old baby after ordering a beer and a shot called a "Fireball." Apparently patrons were concerned for the well-being of her child, because you know, no breastfeeding mother should be allowed to make her own decisions when it comes to having a responsible drink.

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    We're about to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Friends, so you have the perfect reason to start re-watching all 10 seasons and maybe testing your Friends trivia knowledge. Test number one: anyone remember the episode where the friends taste Ross' ex's breast milk? Well if you don't, Jennifer Aniston will give you an eerie real-life version of the story. Turns out, Aniston is good friends with Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, so when Kimmel's wife started breastfeeding, Aniston had a little taste of the breast milk

    Yes, she's serious. Seems like she wasn't spooked one bit and even went on to call it "sweet." We'll take her word for it, but watch the whole hilarious exchange here:

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    We've long known about Olivia Wilde's amazing sense of humor and her appreciation for a good joke. As the latest celebrity to jump on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon, the actress did something exceptionally odd: instead of pouring ice-cold water over her head, she declared that she was going to use her own breast milk instead -- before proceeding to dump what looks like milk all over herself.

    We're not sure if she's trying to make a statement about nursing, or just poking fun at her new Hot Nature Mama image, but this is definitely the strangest ALS challenge video to surface -- and let's hope it's the last!

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