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    I am in love with breastfeeding my 3-week-old newborn. I feel empowered by the fact that he has gained weight because I am fueling him (and myself!) with healthy foods. There are times -- specifically at 3 a.m. -- when I am beyond grateful I can stick a breast in his face and magically cure a fussy spell. Who knew breasts were a lot like baby catnip?!

    But let me be clear about something: I'm also as critical about breastfeeding as I am about anything else a large group of people claim is the bee's knees. Many women who have nursed understand that it doesn't always come naturally. As wonderful as it is, it can also hurt and be exhausting. Add in the fact that there are a few "facts" that are, quite frankly, super difficult to abide by, and -- if you're anything like me -- you may just consider throwing in the breastfeeding towel to preserve your sanity.

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    No matter where you stand in the battle over breastfeeding -- to definitely do it, to definitely not, to guilt mothers who aren't doing it or can't do it -- we can all agree on one thing: Using the word "sexy" to describe the act of feeding your child is nothing short of utterly out to lunch. And yet, that's exactly the wording a Republican state lawmaker named Rep. Shelley Hughes opted for in a press release on behalf of the Alaska state House majority earlier this week.

    The release, which celebrated the passage of a bill that urges health centers to practice a breastfeeding program, was originally titled, "Smart and Sexy: Legislature Encourages Hospitals to Promote Breastfeeding."

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    I ran into a new, very tired mom the other day and I couldn't help but remember back to when my now almost-10-year old was a baby.

    God, she never, ever slept.

    But the more kids I added, the more I felt okay letting them cry it out a bit, and surprise, the better they all slept, which led me to believe that it wasn't necessarily her. Maybe my sleepless nights were my own fault.

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    Dads are awesome, aren't they? They'll carry our little ones around on their shoulders for hours on end and swing our kids way higher than we moms ever could. And now they want to help out with breastfeeding. I love you, Dads.

    A new study has come out that shows that the partners of breastfeeding women sometimes feel left out and want to know how to support and help out. The research, from Swansea University, showed that new fathers feel positive about breastfeeding and want to be able to support their partner. Dr. Amy Brown, one of the authors of the study, said: "We know that women who feel that their partner is supportive and encouraging of breastfeeding are more likely to continue breastfeeding. Our findings show that men want to do this which is fantastic news but feel unprepared or unsure of how they can help."

    That is fantastic news! And even more fantastic? Here are 15 ways real dads helped out with breastfeeding. Feel free to use any of the tips, new dads and dads-to-be!

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    Breastfeeding has many benefits, and one of them is the fact that it can be a natural contraceptive. Don't bank on that though or you may end up pregnant with baby number two before baby number one is 9 months old. But it works ... a lot of the time. As with just about everything, however, there is a science behind this, and it has to do with an infant's competitiveness. Yes, even newborns have a competitive spirit, so says Professor David Haig, who authored a study published in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health that says breastfed babies prevent pregnancy because they want mom all to themselves. There's more to the reason why.

    There is an undeniable bond that occurs when breastfeeding, and it's that bond that baby wants to keep -- that's part of the reason breastfed babies wake every two hours to nurse, Haig says. And as this study points out, we need to listen to baby's "evolutionary response" and all the motives they have.

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    Big news for nursing mamas today! A new study has determined that it's okay for breastfeeding mothers to take anti-depressants. The study from the Danish National Birth Cohort in Denmark claims that the health benefits of continued breastfeeding greatly outweigh any perceived risk to the baby from antidepressant medication. The study also concluded that new moms taking antidepressants are more successful at nursing their infants if they stay on the medication as opposed to those who stop out of concern for their babies' health.

    Dr. Luke Grzeskowiak, one of the study's authors, feels that breastfeeding, regardless of whether or not a woman is taking medication, is best for both mom and baby. He said, "The amount of antidepressant medication that finds its way into a mother’s breast milk is very low."

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    When reporting on a story about breastfeeding issues, you'd expect to hear some mention of nipples, correct? Well apparently BBC found the word 'nipples' a tad too "graphic" and inappropriate and entirely edited it out.

    The new segment, which was covered by BBC Breakfast, focused on the problem of tongue-tie, which is a condition that affects about 3 percent of babies. However, when a guest expert on the segment said that the condition causes nipples to becomes irritated and bleed (a fairly important point, no?), the program asked them to restate their comment. Only this time, without saying 'nipples.'

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    Moms, let's talk about breastfeeding for a moment here. When we're pregnant, nobody warns us about how painful it is. Well, maybe they do, but we don't really listen. We're too focused on the whole pushing a small human out of our vagina thing. Call us crazy, but for whatever reason, it seems like it should take precedence.

    But then when we get started, we're like, "Ohhhhh! That's what everyone was talking about. I'll take childbirth over this any day of the week!"

    Just kidding. Well, maybe.

    Here are the 10 stages moms go through their first time breastfeeding.

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    Up until 10 days ago, I hated breastfeeding. Absolutely loathed it. I had attempted to breastfeed my now-2-year-old daughter, and the experience left me feeling deflated and depressed at a time when I should have been over the moon.

    My little girl was healthy and had a healthy appetite -- that I couldn't manage to satisfy, which just made me feel like a horribly inadequate mom. Perhaps as a result of the fact that I was induced, I produced little milk at first, and coupled with the amount of stress I and everyone around me had placed in my breastfeeding success, nursing just wasn't happening.

    I trashed breastfeeding every opportunity I got and thought of myself as a cheerleader for bottle feeding -- which I definitely felt was needed given our culture's borderline nutso obsession with nursing.

    But two weeks ago I gave birth to my baby boy and everything changed. I'm breastfeeding and loving it -- not because I'm a better mom, but because of 5 factors that had nothing to do with me.

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    Spring is here and that means ... family road trip! I'm so glad you decided to travel with your little one because this is what family bonding is all about. Babies, even when they are the littlest, love to see and be in new places. Plus, think of all the amazing photo ops you will have for the baby book!

    Being on the road with a baby and while breastfeeding can present a few challenges, but nothing you can't prepare yourself for, and nothing that can't be solved. Here are some tips to breastfeed while on a road trip. They're simple, but they can help your trip be easier and without any added stress.

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