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Our Journey with Donated Breastmilk: Part 2

In a previous post, I shared how we were able to give Little Piñata breastmilk from the time we brought him home from the hospital. This was mostly due to a mother who wanted to donate 1,500 oz. of breastmilk to us! We planned to pick up the milk from her about a week after […]


Our Journey with Donated Breastmilk: Part 1

When picturing myself as a mother I always imagined that I would breastfeed our children. I had always heard that “breast is best” and knew that breatmilk has been the ideal form of nutrition since the beginning of time. But, when we chose adoption as the route to build our family I assumed that they […]

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My Exclusive Pumping Journey

I exclusively nursed Wagon Jr. for 7 months before he “self-weaned.” I say that with quotes because I know it was really just a matter of him getting older and too distracted to nurse. I probably would have worked at making it through that stage, but we took a trip and I got sick and […]


Pumping at Work

It is California Law for employers to provide a private lactation room for breastfeeding mother’s.  As I was researching other similar laws, I stumbled upon a study done by the CDC revealing that mothers in California tend to breastfeed more, and longer than other states.  It could be because of our greater population of Hispanics, […]

Combining Warm and Cold Breastmilk

We’re launching a new feature where we share parenting tips, advice, and words of wisdom!  This is something that I only learned this weekend: You can combine milk from different pumping sessions, but avoid adding warm, freshly expressed milk to cold milk. Raising the temperature of previously chilled milk quickly can encourage bacterial growth. If […]

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Feeding and Storing Expressed Breastmilk

A friend once told me that when her nanny threw away breastmilk left over from a feeding, she cried because it took her several pumping sessions just to get enough for one bottle.  Breastmilk is like liquid gold — it’s hard work pumping and you don’t want to waste a single drop!  Hopefully these tips […]

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