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The Milk Minute- A Lactation Podcast

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Clap your hands right now if you're ready to breastfeed/chestfeed/pump in a way that feels empowering instead of suffocating! The Milk Minute Podcast is the best free resource to bring some ease and confidence to your lactation journey and give you a few laughs along the way. Hosted by two midwives and lactation professionals, Heather ONeal and Maureen Farrell give you the most up-to-date evidence-based advice needed to feed your baby in a way that works for you. Discover why families all ov ...
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Today on the Milk Minute we wanted to give a nod to all of our breastfeeding friends who are dating and doing their best to find a balance as a single parent. This shit ain’t easy and no one is talking about it. Heather became a single parent when her first child was 10 months old and he had self-weaned. However, dating with an infant was extremely…
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Can you reduce the risk of breast cancer by breastfeeding? Today on the Milk Minute we talk about breastfeeding, breast cancer, and what the science says about their correlation. While it's wonderful that so many of us make self-less choices as parents, we also want to tell you that it’s okay to consider the benefits to you, your body, and your lif…
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Today on the Milk Minute we're sharing all of Heather's struggles when it comes to storing milk at daycare and life with baby while also running a business. You read that right. The CNM, IBCLC, and founder of a breastfeeding business and podcast still struggles when it comes to lactation and life with a newborn. Both Maureen and Heather know the st…
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Today on the Milk Minute we explore melatonin and breastfeeding. Melatonin is fascinating and supplementation with this sleep hormone has been a random focus of Maureen's. We'd like to dig deep into what it is and how it works in the body before we talk about its safety with breastfeeding. Buckle up. Work With Us! Book a Lactation Consult with Heat…
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Join Maureen and Heather on the Milk Minute as we chat with Kim Hawley, IBCLC, of Intuitive Parenting, about unlocking better sleep for parents and babies. From gentle sleep training methods to optimizing breastfeeding practices for better sleep, Kim provides practical tips and compassionate guidance for navigating the often stressful journey of pa…
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Today on the Milk Minute, Maureen and Heather reunite with one of their favorite people in the breastfeeding world, Lisa Myers, Founder and CEO of Ceres Chill. If you've been listening to the Milk Minute, you already know how much they love Ceres Chill and all it's done to improve the lives of breastfeeding mothers everywhere. Listen in as they rem…
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Welcome to the Milk Minute Podcast! Today we’re thrilled to be joined by Lisa Paladino of the Tongue Tie Experts. For those of you who saw the recent pieces in the New York Times about “the big business of cutting babies’ tongues” and have seen Heather’s responding letter to the editor, you know we have lots to discuss with one of the nation’s fore…
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This week on the Milk Minute we focus on black maternal health and breastfeeding. Our expert guest is Dr. La Toya Luces-Sampson, affectionately known as Dr. Toya on social media, is a wife, mother, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Physician Coach. As a coach, she helps Physician Moms who are postpartum and beyond, go from anxiety a…
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Breast is best. We've all heard it, now let's talk about it. Today the Milk Minute is honored to have Victoria Facelli, author of "Feed the Baby: an inclusive guide to nursing, bottle feeding, and everything in between" on the show to discuss her incredible book. This is the kind of book that Heather and Maureen have dreamed of writing and is the p…
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In this special episode of the Milk Minute, Heather and Maureen chat with Dr. Katrina Mitchell, a board-certified surgeon, breast oncologist, IBCLC, and PMH-C with over 20 years of expertise. They dive into the topic of breast surgeries, including augmentation, discussing their impact on breastfeeding and the balance between aesthetics and maternal…
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Today on the Milk Minute we’re talking about sex postpartum while breastfeeding. Sex and physical intimacy postpartum can be a touchy subject, but we’re here to help! Our special guest for the day is Connie Lappa, a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in individual and couples therapy, sex therapy, infertility and pregnancy loss, postpartum mo…
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Welcome to the 200th Milk Minute episode! It's been 3 years of sharing all things lactation, body positivity, relationships, and mental health. Your favorite midwife and lactation professional hosts sit down to both acknowledge and celebrate their accomplishments with this podcast and in life. Heather and Maureen reflect on who they were and who th…
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Breastfeeding in the first 3 days postpartum can be both challenging and magical. It's normal for mothers to face difficulties in the initial days, but important to recognize and appreciate the progress you're making in your breastfeeding journey. Even when you’re doing everything right it can feel like it’s not working or it’s going wrong. Maureen…
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Get ready for some real talk on The Milk Minute Podcast! Today Maureen and Heather welcome their new friend, favorite author, and podcast guest, Emily Nagoski! Emily is the award-winning author of the New York Times best selling, “Come As You Are” and the “Come As You Are Workbook,” and coauthor, with her sister, Amelia, of New York Times bestselle…
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Welcome back to the Milk Minute! Maureen and Heather are back from their hiatus and finally finished with holiday madness. Today we recap Heather’s birth and postpartum experience for those of you who don’t also listen to Beyond the Boob. We also chat about the way Heather has changed as a clinician after her recent trouble breastfeeding baby Marti…
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"Is it bad that I'm using a nipple shield? Should I use a nipple shield? Is it something that should be in everybody's baby shower gift basket, or is this a medical device?" Does this sound like you? These are some of the most frequent questions Heather and Maureen get during consults, so here's a little refresher on the hot topic. Make sure you pa…
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You’ve probably heard news articles about infant food safety and heavy metal contamination. Today’s episode of the Milk Minute focuses on the safety and use of infant rice cereal. Your favorite hosts pull together a timeline of historical infant feeding, mass baby food production, and agricultural practices into a cohesive narrative that brings us …
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Did you hear about all the major changes with mastitis? We have made some serious progress in our understanding of why and how clogged ducts and milk blebs happen and we now have much better methods to treat them. Tune into the Milk Minute and let your favorite cohosts give you the low down on the updates. This information is crucial to both self c…
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Got mastitis? Learn all about the new protocol to help you get through this holiday season while breastfeeding. When you're traveling and you and your baby are eating and sleeping differently, it's easy for mastitis to come along. Have you ever dealt with mastitis or clogged ducts? Did you know that the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine updated the…
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Let’s talk about caffeine! Every parents’ BFF is their morning coffee, but is it safe during lactation? Join Heather & Maureen as they share what we know and what the guidelines say now. We’re still on a break over here at the Milk Minute, so please enjoy one of our favorite episodes with a new twist. If you want more new content please head over t…
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We are still on a break and wanted to revisit this popular topic. Popping on and off the breast is one of the biggest problems we see in lactation and we're here to help. P.S. - If you want to hear Heather's birth story and every other week of Beyond the Boob there’s still time to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or on our Patreon at www.patreon.com/mil…
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We interrupt your scheduled Milk Minute episodes to bring you a special birthday announcement! Our little podcast baby arrived just after 39 weeks and we made a special little recording just for you. If this is your first time listening, here’s a recap: Nine months ago Heather surprised Maureen by announcing her pregnancy on the Milk Minute and ask…
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We’re still on a break over here at the Milk Minute, so please enjoy one of our favorite episodes with a new twist. If you want more new content please head over to our spin-off show: Beyond the Boob. We’ll be continuing to churn out postpartum updates over there each week while Heather takes her maternity leave. Please consider supporting us by su…
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Today is World Prematurity Day and we want to give a shout out to all of our amazing premie-parents! We’re still on a break over here at the Milk Minute, so please enjoy one of our favorite episodes with a new twist. If you want more new content please head over to our spin-off show: Beyond the Boob. We’ll be continuing to churn out postpartum upda…
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It’s Veterans Day and we want to commend our breastfeeding veterans and military families. Today we chat with Dr. Jill Inderstrodt about her research with mothers who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We’re still on a break over here at the Milk Minute, so please enjoy one of our favorite episodes with a new twist. If you want more new…
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Bonus! This week we’re giving you week 37 of Beyond the Boob for FREE! Things are getting real over at our other show and we wanted to take a minute to remind all of you to subscribe on Apple or join us on Patreon so you don’t miss a single birth update! Y’all know we can tell a good story, and this is one birth story you need to hear. So head on o…
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The Milk Minute welcomes author and very special guest, Emese Parker, who wrote a new kind of pregnancy book, To Carry Wonder: A Memoir and Guide to Adventures in Pregnancy and Beyond. It combines stories and art with evidence-based information on all 4 trimesters of pregnancy with a BIG mental health focus (which we love). It also includes her per…
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This week on the Milk Minute, Maureen and Heather talk all about thyroid, specifically hypothyroidism and how it affects milk supply. The thyroid is a gland found in the front of your neck. It secretes hormones that play an important part in lactation by regulating prolactin and oxytocin. Now how the thyroid affects lactation is a pretty complex is…
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This week on the Milk Minute, Maureen and Heather had the honor of interviewing the founder and CEO of Latched Mama, Melissa Wirt. Melissa is a mother of six, certified lactation counselor, and the inspiring working mom behind Latched Mama, the breastfeeding apparel company and online motherhood community. Melissa created more than just a clothing …
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Everyone talks about breastfeeding your newborn, but today the Milk Minute is here to talk about breastfeeding your 9 month old. Maureen and Heather answer some of their most asked questions in terms of what to expect, how to handle obstacles and what you can do to feel the most prepared. Distracted nursing, busy older babies, adding solids, offeri…
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Does pregnancy and breastfeeding jack up your bones? As midwives and lactation consultants, your Milk Minute cohosts hear a lot of folks talk about their back pain, hip pain, and other issues after having kids, but is it just anecdotal or is there truth behind that? Tune in to learn more! Work With Us! Book a Lactation Consult with Heather! Click H…
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Nipple pain, pumping friction, and chaffing. Sound familiar? This week on the Milk Minute, Heather and Maureen sit down with cofounders of CoBoo to discuss their revolutionary pumping spray. Jenny and Michelle are incredible sisters, mothers and businesswomen that have changed the pumping game. As mothers we go through a lot to provide for our chil…
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Are you worried breast augmentation will affect your breastfeeding journey? Maybe you want implants, but you've been told you can't breastfeed with them. Today on the Milk Minute Heather gets personal about her breast implants and the story regarding why, when and what exactly she had done (not that getting personal is anything new for the podcast)…
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Are you having trouble with your breastfed baby taking a bottle? Maybe you’re heading back to work and you’re nervous their caregiver won’t be able to feed them. Today on the Milk Minute, Maureen and Heather share what they’ve learned as providers when it comes to bottle feeding and breastfeeding. They chat about their personal favorite bottles, wh…
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Attention business owners: this episode of the Milk Minute is for you! Today Maureen and Heather talk about how to become a breastfeeding friendly business both for your employees and customers. With the fastest growing segment of the workforce being women with infants and young children, they’re here to tell you why it's in the best interest of yo…
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This week on the Milk Minute, Heather and Maureen talk about one of their most asked about topics - cluster feeding. They get brutally honest when it comes to the reality of cluster feeding and that is, it can be a real B**CH. Don't worry - they’ve got tips to help get you through those days that seem to last an eternity. So what exactly is cluster…
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Today on the Milk Minute we learn all about Heather's birth plan and everything she'd like to do differently with baby #3 from birthing, immediately after birth, lactation, diapers, to anything and everything postpartum. Your two lactation BFFs and favorite cohosts get personal while sharing life updates as well as some announcements about the podc…
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This week on the Milk Minute, your favorite hosts talk all about...you guessed it, nipples. Heather's bump has been in the spotlight but today they're shining a light on different kinds of bumps. Maybe you've wondered, "What are those bumps on my nipples? Should I pop them?" (Spoiler alert: you shouldn't!) "Does milk come out of those bumps? What e…
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Today on the Milk Minute Heather and Maureen tackle the hot topic of dairy allergies. Most of their patients who are dealing with this are on strict elimination diets and have persistent PTSD from symptoms in their infant. It can be incredibly frustrating and incredibly confusing. Not to mention the “cure” is really disruptive to our lives (aka- no…
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Heather and Maureen tackle one of the hardest questions clients bring into them today: “Should I stop breastfeeding?” Knowing when to truly throw the towel in and change your plans is extremely hard for some folks, particularly when so much value has been placed on your breastfeeding relationship - whether by you or others. This episode is here to …
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Join Maureen for a special episode to chat all about lactation Herbs! Heather needed some time away so we get to branch out from our normal content and dive a little deeper into herbal galactagogues. Tune into hear how to use some of Maureen’s favorite plant allies to boost your milk supply. This episode is for the folks out there who have tried ev…
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Join Heather and Maureen on the Milk Minute today to look at breastfeeding as a neurodiverse parent. This episode focuses on personal experiences and anecdotes from clients. We explore management of sensory processing issues, increased anxiety, time blindness, clear communication, unpredictability and more. Let's chat about how we can support ourse…
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Today we welcome Angie Sanchez to the Milk Minute! Angie is an indigenous woman who is currently a PhD student at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on increasing access to breastfeeding support resources in Indigenous communities. She joins us on the podcast to discuss her work and the importance of supporting culturally appropriate i…
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Join Heather and Maureen for a feminist frolic to Spinster City as they interview Heather's single, childfree friend Abigail. They ask the hard-hitting questions and break it down to the heart of our weird cultural war between parents and non-parents. The gals talk building community and finding support from childfree friends in unexpected ways - e…
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For full access to every episode of Beyond the Boob you can subscribe on Apple Podcasts or join the Milk Minute Podcast Patreon! For just $5/month you can get exclusive access to BtB and ad free, early listens for all Milk Minute Episodes. Welcome to week 13 of Beyond the Boob! We're on the cusp of the second trimester this week and moving forward …
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Its summer, its Pride month, and its our 3rd Podcastiversary!! So many reasons to celebrate, and we want to encourage you to get out there and have some fun. You may want to have a drink or two when you’re on the beach or at a BBQ, so today let your friends at the Milk Minute help you learn about alcohol consumption while breastfeeding. Is it safe …
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Has anyone ever told you that you need to change your diet to make more fat in your milk? Maybe it was a pediatric provider suggesting that if you could only increase the fat content of your milk, your baby would gain weight properly. Or maybe you saw someone post a picture of a thicc fat plug on their pumped milk, promising that you could have one…
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Welcome back to the Milk Minute Podcast! Today Heather and Maureen dig into how breastmilk composition changes from birth to weaning. They answer questions such as: Why is colostrum different from other milk? How does milk change for toddlers? Should we worry about feeding milk from a different age? Let’s dig into just how different each stage of m…
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If you’ve had a baby with jaundice you already know how stressful that can be. Maybe your doctor told you that baby needed formula, or that you needed to pump more milk. You probably lost sleep and sanity keeping up with treatment and feeding baby. Today on the Milk Minute Maureen and Heather dive deep into jaundice. Join your friends to learn abou…
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If you’re in a mom group online, you’ve probably seen chatter about power-pumping. At a glance it sounds like everyone does this all the time to maintain or fix their milk supply. But what really is it? Is it evidence based? Today the Milk Minute talks everything Power Pumping! From how to why and everything in between. Work With Us! Book a Lactati…
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