Did you know that most health insurance plans fully cover lactation services as a preventative benefit…and that you don’t even need to leave home to take advantage of this benefit?

EmmaWell’s International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) can successfully support and resolve most common baby feeding issues through a tele-lactation consultation.

Find out when and why you might benefit from a lactation consultation throughout your breastfeeding journey.

During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering breastfeeding but don’t know where to start, our Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics webinar is the perfect way to lay the groundwork for a successful breastfeeding experience. This introductory course gives expectant mothers an overview of the evidence-based benefits of breastfeeding, proper positioning, feeding cues, and tools for addressing common feeding challenges. …


So many preparations go into getting your home, body, and brain ready for a new baby. But once your baby is here, nothing can prepare you for his or her unique sleep patterns…

…or for the effects of long-term sleep disruption and deprivation. Subsisting on broken sleep during a baby’s first months is like a rite of passage for every postpartum mom!

Our resident sleep educator, Ann Marie Harriger, gave us some general advice on common questions related to infant sleep. For a deeper dive into this topic, join her Intro to Newborn Sleep webinar on November 30th.

How long should I expect my newborn to sleep during the day and night?

Within a baby’s first month, total sleep should be roughly 16–18 hours: half of that at night, and half during the day over four naps. …


If nothing else, 2020 has provided a new perspective on daily life, especially to parents. Raising an impressionable little human and paving a safe path through the world may seem more daunting than ever in the face of current events…

…but parenthood is mostly about living in the present, embracing chaos, and enjoying ordinary moments that add up to a lifetime of memories.

As the year we will never forget draws to a close, let’s take a moment to celebrate 20 reasons to be thankful for the gift of parenthood:

20. Being a parent makes you strive to be a better person. You’ll always have someone looking up to you, reminding you to model good decisions.

19. You’ll never be lonely…for the first dozen years at least.


by Your EmmaWell Team

This is one of many topics covered in our “Birth Prep Basics” webinar.

Nothing can truly prepare you for how you’ll handle the pain of childbirth. Whereas some moms describe birth as the most excruciating pain they’ve ever experienced, other moms recall their baby just sliding out. Pain during childbirth can be caused by uterine muscle contractions, pressure on your cervix, bladder, and bowels, and stretching of the birth canal as your baby passes through it. But the amount of pain a woman experiences is entirely subjective. …


Melissa Young is a 31-year-old mom of two girls (currently 4 and 2 years old). Having been surrounded by nieces and nephews (18 total) most of her adult life, Melissa was very familiar with caring for babies and assumed that parenthood would be a piece of cake.

But the experience of becoming a mother was not at all what Melissa had expected.

After the birth of her first child, Melissa suffered from postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, but it wasn’t until long after the fact that she acknowledged it. The second time around, in the weeks after her second daughter…


At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are experiencing a sort of grief limbo called “ambiguous loss,” as we reminisce about the mundane normalcy of life we’ve lost over the past 6 months. The “loss” we’ve experienced includes so many aspects of our general way of life: the regularity of in-person social connections, our daily freedoms and rituals, normal access to education or medical care, and even trust in our governing bodies. …


It is well-known that yoga can make its devotees stronger — not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. Women who practice yoga during pregnancy can learn how to improve their comfort throughout each stage and glean tools to ensure a positive birth experience. Many women have met some of their closest friends while bonding on the yoga mat during pregnancy. …


…including advice on “returning to work” if that means working from home.

As we kick off this week’s line-up of virtual events for World Breastfeeding Week, we’d like to turn our attention to all the nursing moms going back to work. It can be a highly stressful, emotionally-draining experience when a mom leaves her precious baby in another’s care to resume working life. Besides figuring out schedules (both mom’s and baby’s) and striking a balance between work and home life, breastfeeding moms have a whole host of other concerns.

We asked Amy Siegrist, an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and one…


Ever since there have been babies, there have been conflicting views on how to feed them. Today, breastfeeding is generally recognized in our country as the gold standard for infant nutrition. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and World Health Organization all wholeheartedly encourage breastfeeding. Its benefits for both mom and baby are scientifically proven, and its adoption in our culture is now widespread.

But breastfeeding hasn’t always been the prevailing baby feeding practice in the U.S. At times, it was socially sneered at and even medically discouraged. Beyond a checkered past, breastfeeding has always…


Packing your hospital bag is a milestone of pregnancy. Once that bag is packed, you’ll be one step closer to welcoming your baby. Learn what to expect, what to pack, and what to leave at home so you can prepare confidently for your birthing experience in the hospital.

TIMING TRUTHS

Do draft up a checklist in advance and pack your hospital bag when you’re around 36 weeks pregnant, give or take a few weeks depending on when is convenient in your schedule. Once packed, show your partner where the bag is so it can be grabbed easily in case of emergency. …

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